The cancellation of Eurovision 2020 left many Eurovision artists in a bit of a lurch about their future with the contest. While around ten broadcasters have now confirmed their would-be 2020 artist for Eurovision 2021, the majority haven’t. And in some instance the broadcaster has confirmed that it’s a no. Enter Portugal, who have selected their entries through Festival da Canção since their 1964 debut. They will not change the selection method because of the unprecedented cancellation of Eurovision. This means Elisa will not get a free pass to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2021 — she’ll have to win Festival da Canção first.
Portugal will not internally select Elisa to Eurovision 2021
Portugal has some Eurovision traditions that they seem unwilling to break. Since their debut, 56 years ago, Portugal have sung in Portuguese every single year, and staged their national selection, Festival da Canção, almost every year. And according to Elisa, there won’t be an internal selection in 2021 either.
Portuguese broadcaster RTP has not yet confirmed the news, and Marta Carvalho, who wrote “Medo de Sentir”, hasn’t either. Instead, the singer sent a direct message to her followers on Instagram, writing: “Hello! Me and Marta won’t go to Eurovision 2021”.
This will, of course, negatively affect Elisa’s chances to represent her nation at Eurovision next year should she want to. She’s not a confirmed participant of Festival da Canção yet, but nobody has ever won the festival twice in two years. Dora came the closest, winning twice in three years.
Reacting to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 last week, Elisa and Marta said: “Given the current situation, Eurovision’s production decided to cancel the show that would take place in May. We are very sorry, but we know that everyone’s health is what matters. Take care!”
Assuming Elisa is correct — and has some direct knowledge from the broadcaster — what do you think of RTP’s decision? Would you like to see Elisa selected again? Sound off in the comments below!