The first semi-final of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020 will take place this Saturday. And with it, Portgual will be one step close to deciding its act for Eurovision 2020. But do YouTube views and Spotify listens already give us a clue as to the acts who will be making their way to the grand final in two weeks?

If there’s a Portuguese queen of digital platforms, it’s Bárbara Tinoco. Her FdC entry “Passe-Partout” has clocked up the most YouTube views and Spotify listens so far of all competing acts in the Portuguese national final.

For context purposes, all results in this article were extracted at 0600 CET on February 21.

Top 8: Festival da Canção 2020 Youtube views

Bárbara’s song “Passe-Partout”, composed by Tiago Nacarato, was the only song popular enough to enter the Portuguese Youtube trends. Tinoco’s sweet and characteristic vocal took the song to number one, place that it held for a couple of days.

The song remained trending for more than a week. It’s also the only song that has crossed the half-million mark — clocking up 574,757 views.

The top three is completed by Blasted Mechanism with 305,274 views for their song “Rebellion”, while Elisa has with 214.425 views for “Medo de Sentir”

  1. Bárbara Tinoco “Passe-Partout” – 574,757 views
  2. Blasted Mechanism “Rebellion” – 322,306 views
  3. Elisa “Medo de Sentir” – 223,444 views
  4. Jimmy P “Abensonhado” – 128,952 views
  5. Dubio ft. +351 “Cegueira” – 101,138 views
  6. Kady “Diz Só” – 88,727 views
  7. MEERA “Copo de Gin” – 69,653 views
  8. Filipe Sambado “Gerbera Amarela do Sul” – 69,772 views

Top 8: Festival da Canção 2020 Spotify listens

Tinoco’s dominion extends from Youtube to Spotify. “Passe-Partout” is the most listened to song out of the sixteen in competition. 128,066 listens are the number to beat at the moment.

Elisa, with her contemporary ballad “Medo de Sentir”, is the only song that was able to draw momentum out of Spotify. The song made it to No.4 on the Viral 50 chart in Portugal this Tuesday. It records 45,687 listens. The number is expected to go up due to recent exposure.

Blasted Mechanism close the top three with 38,129 listens.

  1. Bárbara Tinoco “Passe-Partout” – 128,066 listens
  2. Elisa “Medo de Sentir” – 45,687 listens
  3. Blasted Mechanism “Rebellion” – 38,129 listens
  4. MEERA “Copo de Gin” – 27,311 listens
  5. Dubio ft. +351 “Cegueira” – 24,084 listens
  6. Filipe Sambado “Gerbera Amarela do Sul” – 18,048 listens
  7. Kady “Diz Só” – 14,908 listens
  8. Throes + The Shine “Movimento” – 13,144 listens

Do you think these numbers reflect the possible outcome of Festival da Canção 2020? Or will the live performances decide everything? Let us know in the comment sections below.

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If staged well, Blasted Mechanism will blow Barbara’s sweet little song out of the water.

This is a REBELLION..

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Passe-Partout delivers an actual rebellion. 🙂
I am pleasantly surprised at the figures.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Music from the 50s is still better than most of the music from today.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

In a year that will be almost only generic english songs already heard 1 million time, Barbara can pull a Salvador. Lisboa 2021 ?

Anita Mann
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Anita Mann

Another one throwing the word “generic” around here as if it’s fashion!

Atlas
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Atlas

Tu estas en los 80, porque para los 50 no tienes capacidad…tu modernidad es de supermercado , ergo la nada

Serafina
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Serafina

I really don’t like it
Maybe the live performance will change my mind about it, but as of right now it’s definitely not something I’d listen to

Joe
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Joe

I hadn’t heard the FdC songs yet, so I’m starting here. Oh my lord, this is wonderful! I would love to see this go to Eurovision! So romantic and timeless. The Portuguese are great at that, apparently. It’s not super dated but just classic enough. And now we know it’ll get twelve from France’s televote AND their jury.

Joe
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Joe

(It also happens to sound more French than the actual French entry)

Florence Petit
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Florence Petit

In France this sounds totally outdated…not something French people will vote for, for sure!

Joe
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Joe

Maybe not French people. The Portuguese diaspora in France, though…

Bart
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Bart

Mmmm. Interesting. Could you give me an example of a post-punk rock song like Rebellion that was made in the 50’s. And while you are at it, could you also give me an example of a 50’s rap, in any language? Oh yes, and maybe another Kuduro inspired elctronic song such as Conan brought also from the 50’s. Much appreciated.

Moongaze
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Moongaze

Really?,, Coman was in the year 2075…and the rest of Europe???

PP77
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PP77

Only with Barbara Portugal have chance to be in TOP 10 even TOP 5 in final

Orange
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Orange

Maybe in the semi-final , but in Final never.

Aviap
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Aviap

Elisa’s ballad is modern, clean your ears. And Bárbara’s song is timeless as “Amar pelos dois” was. Drop the prejudice.

Zoli
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Zoli

Rebellion must win!

EFL
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EFL

While I like Rebellion, the live rehearsal snippet looked rather messy, sadly. I wouln’t hang my hat on it winning, personally.

Bimbamboum
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Bimbamboum

I would be sooo gratefull if Portugal send us Barbara, her song if everything but definitely not “passe-partout” as we say here in France ; classy, original, it contains the better from the first Eurovision decades to bring us something even more contemporary that we are used to forget nowadays. Douze points Lisbonne =)

Sebastián
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Sebastián

Classic? Come on! French ‘chanson’ was usually pretentious and kinda intellectual like this song

keith mawson
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keith mawson

This is a Rebellion

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Only listenable song in the Portuguese line up. Only song that will get a decent placing in ESC.

Aviap
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Aviap

I’m sure you were one of the many who thought that Amar Pelos Dois wouldn’t even qualify. We already know how the mind of certain ESC fans work.

Wiwiclown
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Wiwiclown

I hope this song wins FdC! If France aren’t going to give us a traditional French tune, Portugal can!

Bart
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Bart

Like the French stole from Sweden. So what?

Milan
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Milan

I’m sure they paid for it.