On February 22, all eyes will turn to Lisbon for the first semi-final of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020. Only one of the 16 songs competing will have the honour of representing the Iberian nation at Eurovision 2020.
In January, broadcaster RTP released the songs and now they have announced the panel of juries for both semi-finals. Among the members of this year’s jury is Eurovision 2019 act Conan Osíris and Eurovision 1993 singer Anabela.
Earlier this week, the running order for both semi-finals was also revealed. Meera will have the honour of opening the first semi-final while the group Throes + The Shine will go last.
Dubio ft. +351 will be the first ones on semi-final two and Jimmy P will be the last song to be heard before heading to Elvas for the grand final on March 7.
Festival da Canção 2020: Semi-Final jury panel
This year, Portugal is mixing things up. The individual scores of the jury and televote won’t be revealed in the live show. The four qualifiers will be announced in random order. The detailed results will be made public after the final.
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São estas as personalidades que vão avaliar as canções das semifinais da edição de 2020 do Festival da Canção: @anabela.oficial , @a_capicua, @conanosiris, @heber_marques, @isilda.sanches, @miguelangelo.oficial e @rmabreu. A votação do júri pesa em 50% na escolha dos finalistas; os restantes 50% são da responsabilidade do público. #festivaldacancao #rtp
Conan Osíris won Festival da Canção 2019 with his experimental song “Telemóveis”. Despite being a fan favourite, the song did not qualify for the final of Eurovision. Even though the result in Tel Aviv did not meet expectations Conan’s career rose to new heights.
Eurovision 1993 top ten singer Anabela is also in the panel. From albums to performances in musicals all over Portugal, the songstress took part in Festival da Canção 2018, making it to the final in Guimarães.
The jury will also include Festival da Canção 2018 composers Capicua and Miguel Ângelo, Festival da Canção 2015 and 2017 composer Héber Marques and music industry specialists Rui Miguel Abreu and Isilda Sanches.
Festival da Canção 2020: Semi-finals running order
Semi-Final One: February 22
- MEERA “Copo de Gin”
- Filipe Sambado “Gerbera Amarela do Sul”
- Ian Mucznik “O Dia de Amanhã”
- Bárbara Tinoco “Passe-Partout”
- Blasted Mechanism “Rebellion”
- Elisa “Medo de Sentir”
- JJaZZ “Agora”
- Throes + The Shine “Movimento”
Semi-Final Two: February 29
- Dubio ft +351 “Cegueira”
- Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade “Dói-me o País”
- Judas “Cubismo Enviesado”
- Kady “Diz Só”
- Elisa Rodrigues “Não Voltes Mais”
- Cláudio Frank “Quero-te Abraçar”
- Tomás Luzia “Mais Real que o Amor”
- Jimmy P “Abensonhado”
Festival da Canção 2020 Final: Tickets on sale February 19
Rejoice, Festival da Canção fans! After opening the grand final doors to the public in 2017 (Lisbon), 2018 (Guimarães) and 2019 (Portimão), broadcaster RTP is ready to welcome fans from all over Europe in Elvas.
The tickets will go on sale tomorrow, February 19 via official ticketing partner Ticketline. Prices will range from 5 to 10 euros.
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Rejoice #festivaldacanção ?? fans. The tickets for the grand final of Portugal’s national final for #Eurovision 2020 will go on sale tomorrow. Prices will range from 5 to 10 euros and you can find them on official ticketing partner @ticketlinept ? @festivaldacancao.rtp | @rtppt
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