A jazz singer, a pink-haired hipster, an avant-garde performer from another planet and an emotional balladeer. The last four years of Portugal’s Festival da Canção brought mixed fortunes for the Iberian nation at Eurovision. What could 2021 have in store?
Festival da Canção 2021 Composers Revealed
On Friday 4 December, national broadcaster RTP announced the list of composers charged with creating the 20 entries for next year’s competition. The list is diverse in genres and style, something the revamped Festival da Canção has us used to by now.
Carolina Deslandes, Virgul, Neev and Karetus are among the most exciting names in the mix. And Festival da Canção 2017 act Pedro Gonçalves is back with a composition of his own.
Carolina Deslandes is a well known singer-songwriter in Portugal. After coming third on Portuguese Idol back in 2010, the singer went on to release three studio albums. Her last effort, “Casa” (Home) topped the Portuguese charts and her last singles — “A Vida Toda” and “Avião de Papel” — are solid hits.
Virgul has a long career that started way back in 1995 as part of the famous group Da Weasel, opening for acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. After the group ended, the singer-songwriter focused on his solo career and the project NuSoulFamily, aimed to reinvent funky, house and pop styles.
He is the winner of several MTV Music Awards for Best Portuguese act, both on group and solo.
NEEV, artistic name for Bernardo Neves, is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter. He writes and performs in English and lists Bon Iver, Nick Drake and Sufjan Steven among his inspirations.
His work reflects the sound of the new generations, mixing pop with multiple genres, creating distinctive, impactful, some even say mystical tunes. He’s featured on Seeb’s hit single “Breathe“.
Karetus is a Portuguese group formed by two DJs and music producers. They’ve focused most of their work on a premise the group calls “Full Flavour”, or in other words, music that pays no attention to conventional genres or rhythms. Their main goal is just to create and perform good music.
Over the last several years, Karetus has worked with several known artists in Portugal. Among them is Festival da Canção 2018 act, Diogo Piçarra. In 2018, the group created a rendition of “Bella Ciao” for Netlfix’s “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist).
Festival da Canção 2021 – Composers
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- Pedro Gonçalves (Open Submissions Call)
- Miguel Marôco (Open Submissions Call)
- Tainá (wiwibloggs wishlist 2021)
- Hélder Moutinho
- Anne Victorino D’Almeida
- Carolina Deslandes
- Filipe Melo
- Joana Alegre
- João Vieira
- Da Chick
- Fábia Maia
- Pedro da Linha
Festival da Canção 2021 – Rules
The 50/50 voting system is back, but with different forms for the semi-finals and the grand final. A single jury and the public televote will decide which songs will advance to the final. In case of a tie, the professional jury will decide which ones advance.
In the grand final, the decision will be split by televote and seven regional juries. This time around, if we have a tie, the televote will prevail.
Note that this year, 20 songs will take part in the competition. 10 in each semi-final with 5 songs from each advancing to the Grand Final.
As in previous years, the semi-finals will take place on February 20 and 27. The final is set for March 6.
What do you think of the composers? Which name are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.