The Eurovision 2023 confirmations have been coming thick and fast, and now Portugal has joined the mix. On Friday broadcaster RTP confirmed its participation and opened the submissions window for Festival da Canção — its national final.
Here’s how the broadcaster spelled it out.
“Portugal confirms its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 that will take place next May in the United Kingdom.”
“The national selection – Festival da Canção 2023 – will happen in the first trimester of the year, and it will have 20 songs competing.”
“Sixteen songs will be presented by the authors that RTP invites directly (and whose names will be known later) and the remaining four will come from the open submission of songs.”
“From today until the 21st of October, RTP is receiving applications to participate in the Festival da Canção 2023.”
Portugal at Eurovision
Portugal took a one-year break from Eurovision in 2016 following a run of four straight non-qualifications. It returned with a bang in 2017 and watched jazz star Salvador Sobral win it all with “Amar pelos dois”. The following year Cláudia Pascoal sang about her grandmother’s garden with “O jardim” — and finished last.
And so it goes with Portugal at Eurovision — follow your heart, see what happens. The country’s national final has earned a reputation for doing its own thing, bringing together composers, artists and genres that often catch people off-guard. Never forget: The public vote chose Viva La Diva and their song “Novo Gloria” over Mr. Sobral.
Last year Maro — full name Mariana Brito da Cruz Forjaz Secca — represented the country with “Saudade, saudade,” finishing an impressive fourth in her semi-final and ninth in the grand final.
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