Earlier in September, Portuguese broadcaster RTP announced that the 2020 edition of Festival da Canção would once again involve 16 artists spread over two semi-finals. One of these will go on to win the coveted prize of representing Portugal at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam.
The contest will again be composer-led. RTP will invite 14 composers who will enter an original, unreleased song. As with previous years, the composers will be able to select the artist who will perform their song.
We dived into Portugal’s music industry in the hopes of finding ten exciting names that we would like to see at Festival da Canção. We tried to put our personal tastes aside and came up with a diverse list of genres and voices. Here we go!
1. Dino D’Santiago
A star in the making. Dino D’Santiago is the face and voice of the new Lisbon. A multicultural and diverse Lisbon that is reflected in his work. Dino navigates the wonders of electronic music and combines it with his Cape Verde roots influences. From funána to kizomba to afro-house the Portuguese star was also part of Eurovision 2018 interval act.
2. Fernando Daniel
A known face for Eurovision fans, Fernando Daniel was part of the 2017 line-up of Festival da Canção. But make no mistake, he has come a long way since then. If three years ago the Portuguese star was looking for his sound, he is now one of the most established artists in the country. All of his efforts, uptempo or ballads, are radio hits and he was able to create a solid and devoted fanbase. Fernando has also picked up an MTA EMA 2019 nomination for Best Portuguese Act.
3. Carolina Deslandes
Carolina Deslandes is a well known singer-songwriter in Portugal. After coming third on Portuguese Idol back in 2010, the singer went on to release three studio albums. Her last effort, “Casa” (Home) topped the Portuguese charts and her last singles — “A Vida Toda” and “Avião de Papel” — are solid hits.
Valas is part of the new hip-hop movement of the Portuguese music scene. His work and effort to keep Portuguese hip-hop fresh, relatable and meaningful took him to new heights and earned him a recording contract with Universal. An appearance at Festival da Canção would be a nice touch of diversity.
5. Bárbara Tinoco
Newcomer Bárbara Tinoco surprised everyone on RTP’s “The Voice Portugal”. No mentor turned their chair for her but they later decided to ask the singer-songwriter to showcase an original song. That was the first time we heard the charming “Antes Dela Dizer Que Sim” (Before she said yes). Producers picked up on Bárbara after the show and released the song that is now a radio juggernaut.
6. Ana Malhoa
Ana Malhoa started her career at the tender age of six, supporting her father — also a well-known singer in Portugal. Ana is known by many as the Queen of Portuguese Schlager music, the Queen of Portuguese Latino and tropical urban pop, the Latin Bomb, La Makina, La Dueña, among other names. Eleven albums, eight tours — Ana Malhoa is a force to be reckoned with, even though there is still significant stigma against her work in society at large.
7. Luís Sequeira
Some Portuguese followers may recognize Luís Sequeira from RTP’s The Voice Portugal from a couple of years ago. After reaching the final and making a significant impact on his mentor Marisa Liz, Luís went on to release his first single “Se ao menos eu te odiasse” (If only I hated you), mixing modern levels of production, vocal versatility and a distinct Portuguese pop-rock sound.
8. Matias Damasio
Continuing the trend of years past, it is expected that Festival da Canção invites at least one composer from Portuguese speaking countries in Africa. Matias Damasio was born in Angola and mixes influences of Kizomba, romantic music and Semba (traditional Angolan music genre) to produce the songs that took him from the town of Benguela to Angolan and Portuguese stardom.
Sometimes you don’t need to win a singing competition to thrive in the music industry, as proven by several names on this list. Murta, or Francisco Murta, is just another one. Reaching the final of RTP’s The Voice Portugal, having an audition with more than 2.5 million views and being super talented was enough to catch the attention of Universal Music. With a recording contract, Murta is a newcomer ready to take on the industry.
10. Linda Martini
We’re sure you were wondering where my indie-influenced Festival da Canção act is. Don’t worry, we got you covered. Linda Martini is what you’re searching for. Five albums, three EPs and multiple performances in Portugal’s biggest music festivals. It’s not easy to have a solid career in a genre that normally falls out of the pattern of what is commercial but Linda Martini is able to walk that line with distinction. An appearance on Festival da Canção would only be another accolade.
That’s it. These are our 10 names. What do you think? Would you like to see any of them at Festival da Canção 2020? What other names would you like to see on the list of composers? Tell us in the comment section below.
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What about David Fonseca, Paus, Time for T, Best Youth, Luis Severo , Marta Ren and A Naifa.
I think Diana Castro from The Voice would also be an amazing option.
Portugal has sooo so many great and talented musicians. Thanks for this list to show me some more! Personaly i hope Portugal will go their way they went the last years no matter that they didn’t finnished well the last 2 years. But i love them for bringing special music to ESC.
In my personal Playlist Mayra Andrade, Dino and Nenny are on heavy rotation for months. So i hope they’ll try it. ?
Conan should come for his redemption qualification in Rotterdam
My wishfull act for many years has been Amor Eletro, even though i know that wont happen.
Fernando Daniel, David Carreira and The Black Mamba would be great.
We will probably have mostly unknown singers thought…
I would really enjoy Celeste Cortez with a rock song.
I think we all know that none of these artists will be competing in FdC, and we all know deep down they will pick 13 boring fado ballads, 1 generic pop song that everyone will hate on because it’s generic, and 2 ridiculously weird songs that people won’t understand, and then either a boring fado ballad or the wacky strange entries will represent Portugal.
Unfortunately, I agree with you. By the way, Dino is such a weak singer, it makes me feel sorry for all those wonderful voices out there which are heard once or twice and then fade into oblivion!…
Can’t be mad at the “ridiculous weird” songs though, y’all forget that this is Eurovision and not a radio contest. And as the contest is evolving, the music in it should evolve as well. I’m glad Portugal is going in a more modern “ahead of their time” route, even if they’re not doing so well. At the end of the day, Portugal’s entry this year is more popular amongst ESC fans than a lot of the ones that actually qualified.
I can understand your concern, although there’s no guarantee the kinds of composer that has been invited this year will absolutely make ‘boring fado ballads’ or ‘wacky entries’. Don’t even know if we’ll get a different thing since no news or clarifications about Eurovision plans has been made by RTP. So, better to wait now, it’s still October.
Throes + the Shine or Mayra Andrade would be awesome!
Wow, the thread comment section looks really dreadful. We can hope, but since prerogative of performer choice is all in the composer’s hands, hope they will consider these selections Bernardo prepared.
I want an ethno-pop banger from Portugal.
Judging by your name you want an ethno-pop banger from every single country…
Portugal’s music scene keeps flourishing, there are a bunch of great playlists in Youtube and Spotify. From this list, my favorites are Dino (I love his “Nova Lisboa” song) and Carolina.
Those are my choices as well.
I always thought they should send Bruno Correia, he is an excellent vocalist.
MARO, she is portuguese!
OMG! I would love that
Linda Martini just makes me think of Linda Martin. Fun fact, Linda Martini is actually Linda Martin’s real name – her father’s family originally came from Italy – so there were two Martinis in the 1992 top 3.
i’m not surprised italy birthed yet another talented eurovision winner!
FADO BICHA! Pleaaaaaaase…
Cause the contest is lacking LGBTQ content by any chance? Or is this your way of wanting the contest to be your own shady-kitsch-gay-party-slumber so desperately?
My answer to both your questions is “Yes!” (screamed in a super-gay way). First, the contest is lacking LGBTQ+ content; my hopes and (wet) dreams is that one day the contest is gonna be 100% LGBTQ+. Second, this is my way (and that includes answering to your ridiculous comment) to have a contest (and pre-contest) that is shady, kitsch and gay as F***! The only thing that is not accurate in your comment is the use of “desperately”. The only desperate thing here is your obnoxious and embarrassing homophobia. Take care, gurl!
This is such a weird thread
100% LGBTQ? Who is the extremist here?
You clearly didn’t get the irony in my comment in response to Charles’ offensive comment. But it’s OK. Thank you very much for, once again, reinforcing the heteronormativity disease that exists inside the ESC bubble (so sad…). A 100% straight show would NEVER even be considered “problematic”, to say the least… The majority of you guys would not even notice it. Why are people so afraid of LGBTQ+ acts on Eurovision? What is so threatening about them? Relax, you little people, 90% of your favourite euro-bangers is still about the sexy boy who wants to f*** the sexy girl.
Literally no one likes u Charles, every comment u make is negative
“Negative” is too soft. They’re purposefully offensive.
I’m hoping for a strong entry from Portugal, hopefully since their win there is interest and belief. They can be relied apon to provide something unique and authentic.
Also, there is a village within Rotterdam called Poortugaal! Spelling’s not perfect
are you going to mention that Karel Gott, Czech singer and Austria’s representative in 1968 died on Tuesday? I think you should mention it..
A post-2000 Eurovision blog like this focusing on the now got no time for “Who? When? How? Nobody cares” of the past. Welcome to 2019 and the millenial mentality.
Why do you always sound pressed? Like literally always
Wiwi covered the death of Sandie Jones (Ireland 1972) a week or two ago…
Yeah, I find it really weird that they don’t have an article up about him. A true legend. RIP Karel
Okay, I am a bit nostalgic now, I would really love to see Catarina Pereira (lol, any relationship with Bernando? ^^) at Eurovision – “Mea Culpa” was amazing back then 🙂 #ThrowbackThursday
Well we can’t go back in time to a period of awful music … and you having fun with it.
I want Mai Kino, Chong Kwong or Nenny to participate, it would be awesome
April Ivy, Blaya, Barbara Bandeira, these queens are out? I dont understand
Since when are these queens? You do know this is Eurovision and not your cheesy lip synced schlager TVI party on a sunday afternoon or a night out at Trumps. It takes way too much for these young girls to be queens of anything … They need to upload diplomas, upload degrees and music career significant status … cause instagram vanity ain’t cutting for anybody to become anything that matters.
Nenny, Blaya, barbara Bandeira, david carreira, chong kwong, mai kino, neev, aurea, mayra andrade, april ivy, biya, mishlawi, fado bicha, moonspell, syro, plutônio, profjam, Carla prata….. so many amazing and original artists!
David Carreira … another Luca Hänni with a full package with no vocal talent included? Oh right almost forgot … singing … nobody cares …
Omg where is Blaya? Girl…. the queen isnt here
Blaya already told in several interviews she is not interested in FdC.
And Barbara Bandeira wtf?! Are u kidding… Barbara will represent Portugal in esc 2020 mark my words
Fist she needs to be invited. I don’t know if she will.
No Maria Leal? ?
It was SO close to making the final cut. But I decided not to give her a spot. ahahah
I am gonna pretend such name even exists …
YES! He was considered to be on the list but we had to cut it down to 10 names only 🙁
Barbara Bandeira would also be a great option