Despite mixed outcomes at Eurovision, Festival da Canção has proven to be a successful selection method after its revamp in 2017, providing five quality entries, a top-15 finisher and a Eurovision winner. And on Thursday RTP turned the heat up on this year’s event by revealing the list of 16 composers invited to submit songs and the four others who advanced via the public submission.
The songwriters will 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. We all remember fondly how Luisa Sobral selected her brother Salvador for the contest in 2017.
Festival da Canção 2022: The 16 invited songwriters
Fans of the Portuguese contest will recognise the name Joana Espadinha. In 2018 she competed with the song “Zero a zero” and finished ninth in the final.
The 4 songwriters from the public submissions
For 2022, the broadcaster has doubled the number of songs selected via public submissions to four entries. These could be submitted by Portuguese citizens or residents. The deadline for submitting songs was 21 October.
The lucky four are…
The Mister Driver
Tiago Nogueira (Os Quatro e Meia)
Not gonna lie. Pepperoni Passion speaks to my stomach.
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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