Since its renaissance back in 2017, Festival da Canção — Portugal’s national selection for Eurovision — has been serving musical quality and a proper representation of the Portuguese music scene. Today, broadcaster RTP makes another bold statement revealing all the artists and songs in contention to represent the Iberian nation at Eurovision 2022.
Digital press conference no more! While the pandemic is still roaming through every corner of Europe, the press gathered in LAV – Lisboa ao Vivo to introduce the 20 acts competing in the one of Europe’s oldest musical festivals. Of course all COVID-19 regulations were adhered to. Among the confirmed acts are Aurea, SYRO and Fado Bicha.
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Back in November, the list of 20 composers in this year’s competition was announced. Sixteen were invited by RTP to create an entry and four were selected through an open submissions call. Some will perform their own songs, others have written for a different artist.
All acts were allocated to one of the semi-finals. The production team will later define the running order for the shows.
The show hosts were also confirmed. The first semi-final will be presented by Sónia Araújo and Jorge Gabriel. The second semi will be presented by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and José Carlos Malato. The grand final will be hosted by Eurovision 2018 host Filomena Cautela as well as The Voice Portugal host Vasco Palmeirim. Eurovision 2018 blue carpet host Inês Lopes Gonçalves will be in charge of the Green Room.
The semi-finals of Festival da Canção 2022 will take place on March 5 and 7. The final is set for March 12. All shows will be done in RTP headquarters in Lisbon.
Festival da Canção 2021 – Competing entries
Fado Bicha “Povo pequenino”
FF “Como É Bom Esperar Alguém”
Diana Castro “Ginger Ale”
Kumpania Algazarra “A Minha Praia”
Maro “saudade, saudade”
The Mister Driver “Cali Sun”
Os Quatro e Meia “Amanhã”
Valas & Os Astronautas “Odisseias”
Milhanas “Corpo de Mulher”
Blacci “Mar No Fim”
Cubita “Uma Mensagem Tua”
Pongo & Tristany “Dégra.Dê”
Jonas “Pontas Soltas”
Os Azeitonas “Solta a Voz e Canta”
Inês Homem de Melo “Fome de Viagem”
Pepperoni Passion “Código 30”
O Vampiro Submarino “Ao Lado de Mim”
SYRO “Ainda nos Temos”
Festival da Canção 2022 – Rules
The 50/50 voting system is back, but with different forms for the semi-finals and the grand final. A single jury and the public televote will decide which songs will advance to the final. In case of a tie, the professional jury will decide which ones advance.
In the grand final, the decision will be split by televote and seven regional juries. This time around, if we have a tie, the televote will prevail.
What do you think? Which song do you think can win the national final? Who should Portugal send to Italy? Tell us your thoughts below!