Olá, Portugal! The Iberian nation just witnessed the first semi-final of the 2020 edition of Festival da Canção. Eight acts battled for four places in the final.
In the end, a combination of professional jury and televote decided that Bárbara Tinoco, Elisa, Filipe Sambado and Thrones + The Shine are one step closer to Eurovision 2020.
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Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020 semi-final one results
The first of two semi-finals took place in Lisbon’s RTP headquarters. 50% of the result came from a professional jury that included Eurovision 2019 star Conan Osiris. The remaining 50% from televote. The qualifiers were announced in random order.
Excitement and expectation was building in this semi-final, said to have two of the three fan favourites for the victory. Surprisingly, Blasted Mechanism were ousted. Their ethno-punk entry “Rebellion” was amongst the most popular entries, but in the end they didn’t qualify.
After an intense qualifiers announcement, the four who’ll be packing their bags for Elva are: Bárbara Tinoco with “Passe-Partout”, Elisa with “Medo de Sentir”, Filipe Sambado with “Gerbera Amarela do Sul” and Throne + The Shine with “Movimento”.
Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout” live at semi-final one of Festival da Canção 2020
Elisa – “Medo de Sentir” live at semi-final one of Festival da Canção 2020
Filipe Sambado – “Gerbera amarela do Sul” live at semi-final one of Festival da Canção 2020
Throne + The Shine – “Movimento” live at semi-final one of Festival da Canção 2020
Unfortunately, it’s the end of the line for fan favourites Blasted Mechanisim, as well as Ian Mucznik, JJaZZ, and Meera. None of these acts will be heard in the grand final on March 7.
Next week, eight more entries will compete and another four will join the line-up of the grand final in Elvas.
Are you happy with tonight’s results? Are you surprised with anything? Which live performance was your favourite? Tell us in the comment section below.