While semi-final one of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020 has its early favourites, semi-final two is an open field and harder to predict.
On February 29, RTP headquarters will open its doors to the next eight acts. Only four will advance to the grand final in Elvas. 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 Two Songs
Dubio feat. +35 – “Cegueira”
Newcomers Dubio feat. +351 were selected from an open submissions call that received more than 200 songs. “Cegueira” combines traditional elements of pop with a fresh throwback to the past. It’s a smooth and diverse addition to the Festival da Canção roster.
Invited Composer: Open Submissions call
Jimmy P- “Abensonhado”
Jimmy P is one of the biggest names of Festival da Canção 2020. The hip-hop/rap singer and composer presents “Abensonhado”, an effort that doesn’t fall far from what he has been producing lately. The song will serve as a single for his upcoming album.
Invited Composer: Jimmy P
Kady – “Diz Só”
Expectations were high when Dino D’Santiago was announced as a composer this year. Surprisingly, he decided to give his song to Kady. “Diz Só” channels from contemporary Portugal while diving in African-inspired sounds.
Invited Composer: Dino D’Santiago
Elisa Rodrigues – “Não Voltes Mais”
Elisa is another newcomer on the Portuguese music scene. With one album under her belt, she wrote “Não Voltes Mais”, a pop song à la Portuguese, with intense jazz vibes. The apple does not fall far from the tree, as Jazz is Elisa’s comfort zone.
Invited Composer: Elisa Rodrigues
Cláudio Frank – “Quero-te Abraçar”
Cláudio Frank won Antena 1’s “Masterclass” competition for unknown artists and composers. His first effort in the Portuguese music market is “Quero-te Abraçar”. Despite a weak instrumental, Cláudio is set to bring charisma and charm to his performance.
Invited Composer: Antena 1’s “Masterclass” competition winner
Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade – “Dói-me o País”
António Avelar Pinho is one of the veteran composers invited this year. “Dói-me o País” is a sweet mid-tempo song that relies heavily on lyrical content and the charisma of Luiz and Gus. It probably won’t seduce international audiences but falls right in the genre Portugal’s musical industry is gravitating towards.
Invited Composer: António Avelar Pinho
Tomás Luzia – “Mais Real Que o Amor”
A feel-good entry produced by Pedro Jóia and composed by Tiago Torres da Silva. Tomás gives voice to a sweet mid-tempo that takes us back to early 2000s Festival da Canção. Some will see it as positive, others not so much. But one thing is certain — Tomás will have three minutes to convince juries and the audience to vote for him.
Invited Composer: Pedro Jóia
Judas– “Cubismo Enviesado”
Hélio Morais decided to invite Judas to sing his mid-tempo pop-rock effort “Cubismo Enviesado”. The song showcases Judas’ clear vocals and we can feel he oozes charisma from this studio cut. While the song may not be the cup of tea of many, the live performance will probably elevate it — and we’re sure Judas will be the reason why.
Invited Composer: Hélio Morais
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