After a stunning 12th place finish in Rotterdam, Portugal‘s withdrawal from Eurovision 2022 was never on the cards. Today, broadcaster RTP confirmed the Iberian nation has its eyes set on Italy and has laid the ground rules for Festival da Canção 2022.
The news was confirmed this afternoon, making Portugal the second Iberian nation ready to set sail to the land of pizza and pasta and, of course, Puglian burrata with torpedino tomato.
Despite mixed outcomes at Eurovision, Festival da Canção has proven to be a fresh and successful selection method after its revamp in 2017, providing five quality entries, a top-15 finisher and a Eurovision winner.
It’s no surprise broadcaster RTP is highly invested in the iconic brand going for its 56th edition in 2022.
20 entries, four from public submissions
The songwriter-focused format is back for the national final. Same as last year, 20 songs will take part in the competition.
Sixteen of the songs will come from established songwriters invited by RTP. The songwriters will also decide which artist will perform their song. As we’ve seen in previous years, sometimes the songwriter performs their own song or they may select a well-known singer.
For 2022, the broadcaster has increased the number of songs selected via public submissions — from two to four entries. This will be open to Portuguese citizens or residents. The deadline for submitting songs is 21 October.
The show itself will consist of two semi-finals made up of ten songs each. Five songs from each semi will qualify for the grand final.
Voting in the semi-finals will be done by 50% televote and 50% expert jury. For the grand final, it will be 50% televote and 50% regional juries. In the event of a tiebreak, the televote favourite wins.
While RTP hasn’t announced the exact dates of Festival da Canção 2022, the broadcaster has confirmed that the 56th edition will take place sometime in February and March 2022.
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