It’s Festival da Canção time. The 2021 edition of Portugal’s traditional music festival will go live from Lisbon for its first semi-final on Saturday 20 February.  The road to Eurovision 2021 has started, and there are several top-notch acts trying to stay on it.

The first semi-final will see ten songs battle it out for five places in the grand final on 6 March. Earlier this week, we asked you to vote for the acts you wanted to see make it through. And now, we can reveal the results…

Karetus & Romeu Bairos are your favourite to win semi-final one of Festival da Canção 2021

We counted 1,700 votes and your top five is now known. If it was up to you, Karetus & Romeu Bairos would emerge victorious from semi-final one with their song “Saudade”. They topped your preferences with 42.24% of the votes, or 718 votes specifically.

“Saudade” mixes electronic and Portuguese traditional instruments with a strong Fado voice. This combination seems to have worked, as they won this poll in a landslide, picking up over 500 votes more than the runners up.

Speaking of the runners up, that honour goes to The Black Mamba. Their song “Love Is On My Side” finished in second place with 11.06% of the tally, or 188 votes.

In third place was Valéria with her contemporary fado song “Na mais profunda saudade”. She gathered votes from 10.24% of our readers, which is 174 votes.

Fourth place goes to mema. and her song “Claro Como Água”. It’s as clear as water, 10.24% of our readers want the songstress in the final. That’s 161 votes.

If it was up to our readers, IAN would snatch the last available ticket to the final. “Mundo” received 6.47%, which is 110 votes.

Based on these results, that would mean Miguel Marôco, Nadine, Sara Afonso, Irma and Fábia Maia would have to end their Festival da Canção 2021 run tonight.

Full results: Who should win semi final one of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2021?

  1. Karetus & Romeu Bairos – “Saudade” – 42.24%  (718 votes)
  2. The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side” – 11.06%  (188 votes)
  3. Valéria – “Na Mais Profunda Saudade” – 10.24%  (174 votes)
  4. mema. – “Claro Como Água” – 9.47%  (161 votes)
  5. IAN – “Mundo” – 6.47%  (110 votes)
  6. Miguel Marôco – “Girassol” – 5.47%  (93 votes)
  7. Nadine – “Cheguei Aqui” – 5.12%  (87 votes)
  8. Sara Afonso – “Contramão” – 5.12%  (87 votes)
  9. Irma – “Livros” – 2.76%  (47 votes)
  10. Fábia Maia – “Dia Lindo” – 2.05%  (35 votes)

Total Votes: 1,700

Do you agree with these results and with Karetus & Romeu Bairos coming out on top? Are you expecting any surprises tonight? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Sebastián
Sebastián
12 days ago

Contramão is a piece of beautiness. Its melody is everything and it’s weird coming from Portugal, where the lyrics are more important than rhythm.

Considering the semi final jury, we won’t have english songs in the final. They are going to focus on traditional sounds rather than the international ones

jap
jap
12 days ago
Reply to  Sebastián

It was the wonderful surprise of the evening.

Alex
Alex
13 days ago

Saudade please win the final <3333

Carmen LaRouge
Carmen LaRouge
13 days ago

Contramão is criminally underrated. It has the same warmth and authenticity as Amar Pelas Dois

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
13 days ago

Not so many for you voting for “Love Is On My Side” because it’s the only song your mainstream brains get…

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
13 days ago

Really hope “Claro como agua” qualifies. It’s such a fascinating song.