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On Saturday, the final ten songs will compete in the second semi-final of Festival da Canção 2021 in Portugal. Five of these will advance to the final, due to take place on March 6, joining the five songs which qualified last week. But which of these should progress? The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to the songs and ranked their top five. Find out who we think should move on.

Natalie

1. Graciela – “A vida sem acontecer”

This song really surprised me. It’s just a small song in Portugal’s national final but sounds as modern and professional as a hitmaker from Sweden. From the opening electronic pulses, it plugs at my heartstrings, and then it never lets up. It’s like going through an emotional whirlwind. Graciela’s vocals are also perfect for it. It’s enchanting. It’s probably going to crash out in the semifinal, but it’s going to remain one of my favourite songs of the national final season.

2. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar”
3. Carolina Deslandes – “Por um triz”
4. Tainá – “Jasmim”
5. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar”

Oliver

1. EU.CLIDES – “Volte-face”

It’s not often a song can be both melancholic and enamouring at the same time, but “Volce-face” does just that. It might be a slow burner, but this track certainly gets musical merit for its composition and production. As the smooth timbre of EU.CLIDES’ vocal cuts through, the track provides a gorgeous blend of modern sounds and traditional instrumentation. And with its pensive lyrics, “Volce-face” offers a moment to pause for reflection, fully captivating the listener in the singer’s plight. Festival da Canção delivers sheer quality once again.

2. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar”
3. Ariana – “Mundo melhor”
4. Graciela – “A vida sem acontecer”
5. Carolina Deslandes – “Por um triz”

Antranig

1. Ana Tereza – “Com um abraço”

“Com um abraço” is clearly an emotional song and Ana Tereza delivers it with aplomb. It can feel slightly repetitive but is a very compelling listen and I particularly enjoy the ending. This could be a difficult entry to stage, as it probably needs something extra to stand out but if they can get that right, I’m sure Ana will deliver fabulous vocals to make this entry shine.

2. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar”
3. Ariana – “Mundo melhor”
4. NEEV – “Dancing in the Stars”
5. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar”

Luis

1. NEEV – “Dancing in the Stars”

Beautiful production for a greatly executed ballad. “Dancing in the Stars” has many merits, and succeeds to implement the formula for a good atmospheric ballad. The song in itself is nice and sweet, but it evaporates a bit after it’s over. It’s a decent addition for the Festival da Canção final, but it should not proceed any further.

2. EU.CLIDES – “Volte-face”
3. Graciela – “A vida sem acontecer”
4. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar”
5. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar”

Robyn

1. Graciela – “A vida sem acontecer”

At first glance, “A vida sem acontecer” sounds like it’s jumping on the 80s synth-pop bandwagon, but while there are hints of Depeche Mode, the song does its own interesting things. At the heart of “A vida sem acontecer” is a really well-written pop song, that builds and gets more and more glorious. In many ways, this is the sort of song that the modern FdC is perfectly suited to — a unique Portuguese take on a deceptively familiar style. As well, it seems like the sort of song where the live performance will bring even more.

2. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar”
3. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar”
4. EU.CLIDES – “Volte-face”
5. NEEV – “Dancing in the Stars”

Which fives songs should move on to next week’s grand final? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
1 month ago

Neev with dancing in the stars, but in portuguese would be much better!

siri
siri
1 month ago

Pedro and Eu clides are the best imo

Julian
Julian
1 month ago

Who cares about what Wiwis think anyway?

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  Julian

The headline unambiguously states what this article is about. If you’re not interested, just don’t click on it.

Julian
Julian
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

I´m still entitled to comment and give my opinion about this useless poll, whether you like it or not.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago

I am beginning to get nervous… Carolina does not get much love from wiwi and yet she is the most probable winner… 🙂 I must say, I have been overlooking Graciela and indeed the song is great and very contemporary.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

Look at that, the Graciela train is picking up steam. 🙂

siri
siri
1 month ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

lol she won’t win

Jago
Jago
1 month ago

Carolina is big in Portugal. She is by far the most famous and established singer with a solid career. Her song matches Portuguese melancholia, these types of ballads are a success in Portugal and it also resembles Salvador style. She is most likely the winner.

siri
siri
1 month ago
Reply to  Jago

she wont lol

Eurana
Eurana
1 month ago
Reply to  Jago

Comparing Deslandes song with Salvador song is the same to compare Adele with Billie Eilish.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

It will be good to have a bit of a dedicated focus on Portugal tomorrow evening. My 5 qualifiers are:

1. Pedro
2. Neev
3. Graciela
4. Joana
5. EU.CLIDES

Looking forward to a good show!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I am surprised to see so much Graciela at the top of lists. I mean, it’s nice. I just didn’t thinhk it would be that high for people.

Catherine
Catherine
1 month ago

Joana is my favorite

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

It’s so nice – and so unexpected – to see this much love for Graciela. I would agree, to my ears it is also a very unique blend of something modern (like Natalie says) and something from around 1980 (Depeche Mode, Robyn, yes, the very early Vince Clarke years). I still think, it’s rather unlikely that she will go through, but who knows, the Portuguese public has sided with me before, why not again this time. If they’ll on top of that send Neev, Joana Alegre and, of course, my boy Eu.clides, I will be over the moon, and they… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

By the way, the album’s out. Finally. 🙂

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

Thanks for letting me know, Tibor… I didn’t realise… oops… 🙂

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

I’m rooting for Pedro Gonçalves in this semi.
The studio version is very good but I suspect the live to make the song again more effective, and Pedro seems charismatic and cute.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Also my favourite. It’s at the top of my NF songs this season. Obviously, I hope it is really good live.

Last edited 1 month ago by Briekimchi
Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

volte-face is just amazing, but maybe thats just me being ‘hipster’

Amesc
Amesc
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Haha i would say the same think?

Una
Una
1 month ago

I’ve listened to the songs once when they came out. The only one from semi 2 that made an impression on me was “Joana do Mar”. I liked that one a lot.