A jazz singer, a pink-haired hipster and an avant-garde performer from another planet. The last three years of Portugal’s Festival da Canção brought us a buffet of unexpected and courageous Eurovision entries. What could 2020 have in store?
Festival da Canção 2020 Composers Revealed
On Wednesday 5 October, national broadcaster RTP announced the list of composers charged with birthing the 16 entries for next year’s competition. And we are gagging on the diversity.
Eurovision 2018 interval act Dino D’Santiago, electronic rock band Blasted Mechanism, hip-hop star Jimmy P, singer-songwriter promises Marta Carvalho and Tiago Nacarato are among the most exciting names in the mix.
All composers will have full artistic freedom to create the songs — from genre, to lyrics, production and language — and above all, they’ll get to choose the singer.
The semi-finals will take place on February 22 and 29 at RTP headquarters with the Grand Final set for March 7 in an unknown location.
Dino D’Santiago is the face and voice of the new multicultural and diverse Lisbon. And that is reflected in his work. Dino navigates the wonders of electronic music and combines it with his Cape Verde roots. From funána to kizomba to afro-house. He was previously mentioned in our wishlist.
Crazy and over the top performers are in the house. Blasted Mechanism’s formation dates back to 1995. The band mixes rock with electronic elements and already has several albums under their belt. They’re known for their trademark extravagant on-stage looks and energetic performances. They were the recipients of a Golden Globe for Best Portuguese Band back in 2006 and were nominated for several “Best Portuguese Act” at the MTV EMAs on multiple occasions
In 2020, Jimmy P will celebrate a decade in music. His career started with hip-hop and rap but evolved to a mixture of genres. Known for his solo work and hit collaborations, Jimmy is ready to bring a flair of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, soul and funk to Festival da Canção. And we are ready!
Marta Carvalho first arrived on the Portuguese music scene during the 2016 edition of The Voice. The 20-year-old was then called the Princess of Ballads, but she’s matured into one of the most exciting new voices of pop and r&b in the country. One thing is certain: girl can do slow-paced or high octane songs. and has stage presence to sell both.
Festival da Canção 2020 – Composers
- Rui Pregal da Cunha
- Tiago Nacarato
- Filipe Sambado
- Pedro Jóia
- Throes + The Shine
- Eliza Rodrigues
- Marta Carvalho
- António Avelar Pinho
- João Cabrita
- Hélio Morais
- Dino D’Santiago
- Jimmy P
- Blasted Mechanism
- Dubio ft. +351 (Open Submissions selected song)
- Cláudio Francisco António (Antena 1’s Masterclass show)
Festival da Canção 2020 Voting System
The 50/50 voting system is back in different terms for the semi-finals and the grand final. A single jury and the public televote will decide which songs will advance to the final. In case of a tie, the professional jury will decide which ones advance.
In the grand final, the decision will be split by televote and seven regional juries. This time around, if we have a tie, the televote will prevail.
As in previous years, the semi-finals will take place in February at RTP’s headquarters. The final is set for March.
What do you think of the composers? Which name are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.