The names are in, the songs are out and excitement is building up nicely as the Portuguese Eurovision renaissance continues.
On February 22, semi-final one of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020 will take place at RTP headquarters. Eight songs will battle for four spots in the Elvas grand final. The running order is yet to be announced but you can listen to all eight songs.
Which one is your favourite? Which four songs do you think should advance to the final? Listen to the eight semi-finalists and choose your favourites. You can select up to four acts, but you can only vote once. So choose wisely!
Festival da Canção 2020 – Semi-Final One Songs
Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout”
Miss Tinoco rose to fame after performing her self-composed song “Antes Dela Dizer Que Sim” on The Voice Portugal. She was unable to captivate any of the judges with her first audition but her jam started playing in all major radio stations immediately. She joins forces with another The Voice alumni, Tiago Nacarato. “Passe-Partout” winks at the French chanson, with major jazz and pop vibes. A charismatic and interesting throwback to past decades.
Invited Composer: Tiago Nacarato
Blasted – “Rebellion”
The Portuguese band is an MTV Europe Music Awards and Portuguese Golden Globe winner and has been on the music scene since 1999, being one of the most respected and well-known acts of the nation. “Rebellion” showcases the band’s strengths. A strong and memorable production.
Invited Composer: Blasted Mechanism
Elisa – “Medo de Sentir”
Composer Marta Carvalho chose Elisa to sing a contemporary pop ballad with strong production. Elisa’s delicate voice gives life to a beautiful yet powerful arrangement from Grammy-award-winner Davide Rossi.
Invited Composer: Marta Carvalho
Filipe Sambado – “Gerebera Amarela do Sul”
Newcomer Filipe Sambado has been making a name for himself exploring different styles within the pop genre. “Gerebera Amarela do Sul” will be part of his upcoming album and is in line with Filipe’s style and work.
Invited Composer: Filipe Sambado
Ian Mucznick – “O Dia de Amanhã”
Ian is a former member of Portuguese band “Los Tomatos” and has also collaborated with Real Combo Lisbonense. He will sing “O Dia de Amanhã”, composed by João Cabrita, member of Cais do Sodré Funk Connection. Cabrita composed Portugal’s Junior Eurovision 2017 song “Youtuber”.
Invited Composer: João Cabrita
JJaZZ – “Agora”
The duo JJazz accepted Rui Pregal da Cunha’s invitation to perform the jazz-inspired ballad “Agora”. The song follows the Festival da Canção trend of investing in music genres from outside the mainstream.
Invited Composer: Rui Pregal da Cunha
MEERA – “Copo de Gin”
Pop-electronic group MEERA embraced RTP’s invitation 100%, being composers and also performing “Copo de Gin”, a sophisticated pop entry that challenges the conventional, hinting at the past but with its eyes set in the future.
Invited Composer: Meera
Throes + The Shine – “Movimento”
“Movimento” brings us a cocktail of pop and electronic, saying hello to African vibes and mixing it up with some modern production. It’s a breath of fresh air in a sea of conventional music-making, something Throes + The Shine are known for doing.
Invited Composer: Throes + The Shine
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