The grand final of Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2021 is just a few hours away. After two intense semi-finals, broadcaster RTP has prepared a stacked show for this Saturday. Ten acts will perform but only one will win the coveted trophy and represent Portugal at Eurovision 2021.
Ahead of the show, we asked you to vote for your favourite act, and you made your voices heard. After counting a total of 2,748 votes, we can now reveal the result…
NEEV is your favourite to win Festival da Canção 2021
The clear favourite to win it all, from the results of this poll at least, is NEEV. His contemporary, sometimes cinematic, ballad “Dancing In The Stars” received 33.01% of the vote, or 907 votes specifically.
The Wiwi Jury also has the song under its radar. Wiwiblogger Tom writes: “It’s a song that makes you shut up, stop in your tracks and watch for those three minutes. (…) The fragility he conveys makes you believe in what he is singing. It’s a real performance.”
In second place we have Karetus & Romeu Bairos with their song “Saudade” – an electronic effort with hints of Portuguese traditionalism. The song was a fan-favourite early on and consolidated that status after a strong showing at the semi-final. Karetus & Romeu Bairos was a favourite for 21.03% of readers – that’s 578 votes.
Songstress and established star Carolina Deslandes rounds up the top three. The paired back and classic ballad “Por Um Triz” was able to gather 8.77% of the votes, which is 241 votes. The strong semi-final performance that trended top 10 on YouTube Portugal predicts a bright future for the song.
Pedro Gonçalves came in fourth with the retro-pop inspired “Não Vou Ficar”. He earned 7.68% of the vote (211 votes).
All remaining acts trail behind the top four with less than 7.5% of the vote each.
Poll results: Who should win Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2021?
- NEEV – “Dancing In The Stars” – 33.01% (907 votes)
- Karetus & Romeu Bairos -“Saudade” – 21.03% (578 votes)
- Carolina Deslandes – “Por Um Triz” – 8.77% (241 votes)
- Pedro Gonçalves – “Não Vou Ficar” – 7.68% (211 votes)
- Sara Afonso – “Contramão” – 7.31% (201 votes)
- Valéria – “Na Mais Profunda Saudade” – 6.95% (191 votes)
- EU.CLIDES – “Volte-Face” – 5.35% (147 votes)
- Joana Alegre – “Joana do Mar” – 4.69% (129 votes)
- The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side” – 3.78% (104 votes)
- Fábia Maia – “Dia Lindo” – 1.42% (39 votes)
Total Votes: 2,748 votes
Festival da Canção 2021: Show details
Festival da Canção utilises a 50/50 voting system. In the grand final, the decision will be split between the public televote and seven regional juries. If there is a tie for first place, the act who scored the most points from the televote will prevail and be crowned the winner.
This year, the grand final will be hosted by Eurovision 2018 host Filomena Cautela as well as Vasco Palmeirim. Meanwhile, Inês Lopes Gonçalves will be the green room host.
Portugal’s Eurovision 2018 act Cláudia Pascoal and Festival da Canção alumni Filipe Sambado and Dino D’Santiago will perform as interval acts. Eurovision 2018 opening act Ana Moura will also perform.
The grand final is set for Saturday 6 March and will start at 21:00 GMT / 22:00 CET.
The winning act of Festival da Canção 2021 will represent Portugal at Eurovision 2021 in the second half of semi-final 2.
Do you agree with the results? Is NEEV your favourite to win? Will we witness any surprises? Tell us in the comment section below!