After two semi-finals, a viral sensation and multiple media mentions, the moment is upon us. On Saturday the city of Portimão will open its doors to the final of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2019.

The final will have eight songs in competition but only one can win the ticket to Tel Aviv. And the honour of presenting said winner goes to Eurovision 2018 host Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim.

After a stunning victory in 2017 with Salvador Sobral and a last place finish in 2018, will Portugal be able to bounce back to the top again?

The running order of the show was confirmed today. Calema will open, while Ana Cláudia will close the show. Fan favourite Conan Osíris will perform in the penultimate slot, while semi-final two winner NBC will perform fifth.

But who should win? Listen to the eight finalists and tell us who you’d like to see win Festival da Canção 2019. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote one — so make it count.

1. Calema – “A Dois”

2. Mariana Bragada – “Mar Doce”

3. Matay – “Perfeito”

4. Surma – “Pugna”

5. NBC – “Igual a Ti”

6. Madrepaz – “Mundo a Mudar”

7. Conan Osíris – “Telemóveis”

8. Ana Cláudia – “Inércia”

Who should win Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2019?

Which song is your favourite? Does Portugal have any chances of qualifying for the final of Eurovision? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Luis
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Luis
BrokenWindows
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BrokenWindows

Hum… i don’t know guys, this poll seems to be very balanced hahahaha XD

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Everbody is focused on Matay… But I think the real contender to Conan will be NBC, because he has a greater apeal to mainstream Portuguese audience and jury.

Luis
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Luis
Luis
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Luis

Great interview to Conan Osiris on Vogue
https://www.vogue.pt/conan-osiris-para-dan-ar-a-melancolia

Pineaple
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Pineaple

I honestly don’t get the hype for Conan Osiris what so ever… I can’t connect to the song in any way shape or form. Personally, I’m rooting for Calema but will be happy if anything other than Conan or Surma win.

Maldric
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Maldric

People use to say Festival da Cançao is boring….
Actually i think Portugal has a great national selection this year

Miguel
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Miguel

There is a clear public favourite. Let’s just wait for the jury votes…

MaxFowler
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MaxFowler

I am afraid of voting for Conan because every other artist that I voted for seems to be cursed and for some weird reason doesnt go to eurovision, either because they do not win or because their win and they end up “disqualified” (hi Ukraine!).

Jake
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Jake

I hope this doesn’t turn into another of a long list of disappointing national final results from this season…even when we get the right winner (Maruv), extraneous factors spoil the celebration…RTP will have lots to explain if Conan can’t win because of poor jury score…they have been hovering around top 10 in the Odds and will quickly freefall if they don’t make the right choice…Portugal has been known to leave fan favorites behind and pick boring jury songs …still, this is the most competitive and high quality Festival da Canção we’ve seen in ages–they need to keep it up and… Read more »

ssiz
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ssiz

conan or inercia for sure

Héctor
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Héctor

As in the SFs I agree with the poll. Conan, Surma, Calema or NBC. That’s it. Hope the juries don’t kill Conan chances.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Surma’s my pick but Conan would be good, too.
Weirdly enough, only the first two in the running order would be bad choices. I think Portugal qualifies for the final with any of the other six. Great year for Festival Da Cancao!

SPIROU
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SPIROU

Ela Limão had the best song. She should have won!

Loin dici
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Rather than making myself heatbroken when Conan can in chance not be selected, I’ll wait for what Portugal would gave me.

Geo
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Geo

Conan all the way!!!!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well… that poll result isn’t close. 😀

EzZ
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EzZ

Conan 4 the win, please Portugal pick wisely, and pick well because he’s got a good chance of giving you your second win, Conan all the way

John Moynahan
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John Moynahan

I know im totally out of touch but i love Madrapaz!!
Hope it does well!!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

You’re not alone, John. I love it too! Hope to see them again in Festival da Canção.

John Moynahan
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John Moynahan

There’s 2 of us then!! Lol

Jack
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Jack

I think everyone wanrs Conan Osiris and “Telemóvies” to win but for me it’s my 7th favourite! I love the Dihaj vibes that Surma gives me and her song is so mysterious along with the staging that it works and we don’t really have a song that gives me that feeling so I would like her to slay it and get through her semi

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It seems RTP also wants Conan to win, that’s a great running order for him. He’ll sing after all the other contenders and between two very relaxing songs. Now it’s up to him to bring his A-game (and stick to the melody). I don’t know how the regional juries will see it (or Surma), but a big reaction from the crowd could help. I guess it’s between him, NBC and Matay.

Jake
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Jake

Matay was second in the Semi with the public which makes him dangerous for the final…the final should have a more broader audience that might not be the hardcore fans that watched the Semis…I think Matay is lucky he does not have another traditional song in the final…Conan is competing with Calema/NBC for the Portuguese radio-friendly audience and competing against Surma for the avant-garde experiential audience…Matay is the only one selling a the “voice” unless NBC can steal some public votes from him…this is bound to be a nail biter…but not set in stone that Conan wins televote or that… Read more »

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

But many old folks also loved Madrepaz, it’s the type of song south folks enjoy, public vote gave them 10 points! So Matay will compete with Madrepaz. NBC also appeals to 30+ people. It’s more open than you might think (I hope).

Onde vai o Gato?
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Onde vai o Gato?

Vote in our national poll too 😉 The results will be revealed on friday night. VOTE HERE -> https://bit.ly/2SkAjta

Nikko
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Nikko

This national final season NONE of my favourites won their national final (Maruv won but she won’t go unfortunately). So probably my favourite Conan Osíris will not advance either.

Those stupid old-fashioned juries will go with Matay and Conan will win the televote. At the end the jury favourite will win like we saw many times 🙁

Sokratis Lakrindis
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Sokratis Lakrindis

I agree that sometimes the juries prevent certain acts from getting through, like Conan here – but for every time the jury prevents the weird and interesting it saves us from things like kamil show last year and many other ‘joke’ entries.

I do think Matay will dominate the jury but nowhere near enough televote to get the ticket.

Any you never know maybe the juries will have grown to like Conan

Sal
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Sal

Kamil Show would have been so much more entertaining than Qami though! However, in a situation where it was Kamil vs. Tamar Kaprelian then I would have been grateful for the juries preventing Kamil show from winning.

James
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James

I’m not so sure about that. Conan has several regional juries to please, and I’ve seen in the past two finals of Festival da Canção how the results from the each of the regional votes differed from other. In 2017, while Salvador Sobral won the jury vote, he came second in the televote, but his closest competitor had a lower jury ranking, paving his way to nabbing Portugal’s historic first win in Eurovision. 2018 saw the juries giving top marks to both Claudia Pascoal and Catarina Miranda (who had a more traditional fado/jazz song) so it was a more neck… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

you all if my boy nbc wins intead of conan you not gonna hurt his feelings!! or i will SEARCH AND DESTROY you all.
you’ve been warned.

Tibor
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Tibor

Never. He is great.

Jo.
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Jo.

Conan or NBC, don’t mess it up!!!

CHUPACABRA
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CHUPACABRA

Hope,Portugal will select Conan and bring something special and crazy to that until now desasterous ESC 2019. Until now only Italy and happy sound of Denmark OK for me and after a big gap Germany.

Tiago S
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Tiago S

Conan! I’ll be voting again for the final.

Whatever
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Whatever

Conan has to win. But how things are going this year, who knows who will win.

Tomoad
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Tomoad

If Conan Osiris wins, I’ll have Portugal in my top 10 for the first time ever!

Colin
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Colin

I had them in my top 10 in 2012 and 2008, but yeah, it’s more rare. This year, they could shine!
EDIT: I accidentally wrote 2018 instead of 2008. I meant Senhora do Mar, but O Jardim is also beautiful and it was in my top 20 last year.

Tibor
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Tibor

Conan not winning this, would be really tragic and I still cannot imagine it happening. If I were on his team, I’d tell him to drop the attitude and for heaven’s sake sing the damn song how he himself composed it, sometimes we have to make compromises for the greater good, and in this case that’s Europe’s listening pleasure. 😉 It’s also a bit of a shame for the other amazing artists (and they are all great, even if they’re, of course, not all catering to my personal taste). This is what it must have felt like to be up… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Also, since Hungary and Lithuania decided to burn their chances to win, this leaves only potentially Iceland as a possible competitor. But how 2019 goes, I am afraid Iceland and Portugal will manage to sabotage their chances. 🙁

Tibor
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Tibor

Oh, no, Colin, I know it’s difficult for you right now, but don’t you dispair. 🙂 There are already several contenders for the win, and there will certainly be more to come, since more than half of the songs haven’t been announced, yet.
And I have to disagree with the prevailing opinion that 2019 is a weak year. Yes, it has left several good entries behind, but that happens every year (doesn’t it? Since this is the first year I’m following the preselections this close, I am one to talk, I guess). 😉

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

At the moment the only contender is Italy.

Tibor
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Tibor

I disagree, but I respect your opinion. 🙂

Candy
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Candy

I love everything about Telemóveis but the moaning backing vocalists.

FilipeGolias
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FilipeGolias

Conan. End of discussion.

(Not really, just making my point :P)

PP77
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PP77

Before semi finals Conan was my 100% favorite for win, on second Madepaz,3 rd NBC. But Conan was not so good live, and i dont like staging. My predicion Conan will have same points like Matay, but thanks to televote he will go
to ESC.
Juries
12.Surma
10.Matay
8.NBC
7.Calema
6.Conan
5.Madrepaz
Televote
12.Conan
10.Calema
8.Matay
7.NBC
6.Madrepaz
5.Surma
Total
1.Conan 18 pts 6+12
2.Matay 18 10+8
3.Calema 17 7+10
4.Surma 17 12+5
5.NBC 15 8+7
6. Madrepaz 11 5+6

Nicolas
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Nicolas

I’m confident Conan will be top 3 at least from the juries. They are totally different and larger than the jury in the SF.

Colin
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Colin

Most likely winners are Conan Osiris, Surma, NBC and Matay and surprisingly, I wouldn’t riot if it’s any of them. Calema seems to be less likely to win, but I’d support them as winners too. Portugal made sure to have a quality entry no matter what. No Light On / Run with the Lions gap in quality here.

Gun to the head, it has to be Conan, though, but since I am preparing myself for all options in this stupid year, alternatives don’t sound so bad either.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I still support Conan, even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of his contrived and somehow messy staging. Anyway I keep my fingers crossed for my favourites: Surma, Ana Claudia and Mariana Bragada.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

He has the pimp spot of the running order so RTP wants him to win. And they should come on, he has 3.7 millions of views (live + studio combined) on Youtube on the fdc channel. He brings up the more money earnings and if he wins the hype will grow even more all accross Europe and he will hit 10/20+ millions views before the end of march.
Do they want to stick with no more than 500,000 with Matay ?

Polegend Godgarina
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anyone who isn’t votin for conan hates portugal tbh

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I thought Matay won semi final 1?
Anyway, I don’t get the hype around Telemoveis… I can’t even listen to the full song…

Lenchen
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Lenchen

Saaaaaame

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

The song grows, it’s a progressive song, like a trip that takes you for a ride, the finish is very intense, you should give it another chance. 😉

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Well, I have
Not a fan of this journey and you need to hook people to the song at Eurovision
And just look at those crazy fans downvoting anyone who doesn’t like this song…

Teeks
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Teeks

But is a grower a good thing for Eurovision? Don’t get me wrong, I love Conan now, but I did at first. But Surma grabbed me instantly.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Most of the people are listening to the songs for the first time on the day of Eurovision during the show, so being a grower might help you with Eurovision fans following the contest during the year but not with a huge amount of the voters at home (including juries)

Maldric
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Maldric

I totally understand that..i had the same feeling last year about “Toy”….

Porsteinn
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Porsteinn

Conan or Surma please. That’s art!

Sal
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Sal

Will the difference in jury system for the final really make that much difference? A recurring theme this year is the NF favourites being knocked from the top spot by the juries – will this not happen in Portugal too?

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

Bernardo, you need to amend the article. Matay won Semi-final 1.

NickC
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NickC

Matay’s song is from good old days of eurovision, it has that timeless quality to it.

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

Not so timeless as Salvador’s, Perfeito is very polished and a bit too generic.

zzxxz
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zzxxz

I cheering for Conan, but I think that Portugal will sends Matay

It's Me
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It's Me

Thta’s what I call a National Final! This is real music! This is Portugal’s best! Great job RTP in risking and inviting the ones who make the best music even if they’re not really known to the public! I love “Inércia”, “Pugna” and “Telemóveis”! Conan needs to win FdC so that Portugal can be one of the big contenders to win it all in Tel Aviv! Also, if you want to know more artists that make really smazing music but that you probably don’t know, go here and subscribe (no spam, just convenience HA 😉 ) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-DALsgnA6y3EPdYmbQfcNQ Let’s love… Read more »

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Thanks man, that’s a cool project. Keep it on!

It's me
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It's me

Thank you so much!!!

Hibish
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Hibish

This national final season legit destroyed my mental health. -_- I will only listen to the chosen songs since 2020.

Please Portugal send Conan and you Iceland, send Hatari. Make this little boy happy. :'(

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

It’s still Conan for me, he just needs to get his whole performance together and chill with the staging and his refusal to sing the real melody lol. The song is amazing, I hope he wins.

Sal
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Sal

Everytime he sings, he sings differently so that’s not going to happen

Tuga Fan
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Tuga Fan

Actually, if you go to his Instagram, Conan just confirmed a few days ago that he will stick to the original melody as much possible. That was one of the main reasons a lot of people (Portuguese and foreigners) were disappointed about his performance. That can be the reason the jury didn’t give more points. I love the song from the first days that came out but my live reaction for his performance has: “ok… we’re going to lose a good chance to win the Eurovision because he is not singing it well, he’s too nervous and the public will… Read more »

Daan van Wissen
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To be honest I can see us going to Lisbon/Porto/whatever next year if Portugal sends Telemoveis. I ve been to Lisbon last year during Eurovision and omg I wouldnt mind going back! Its a great song, catchy, mysterious. (I totally miss the sort of fried cheese things they sold on Eurovillage last year as well)