Photo: EBU / Nathan Reinds

Back in October Portuguese broadcaster RTP revealed that it had received a “record” number of submissions in its open call for songs. That resulted in 809 submissions, of which just six could make the cull.

And today RTP revealed those lucky six — along with the 14 other songwriters that it handpicked for the upcoming selection. They are…

Festival da Canção 2024 songwriters

  • Bispo

  • Buba Espinho

  • Cristina Clara

  • FILIPA (via public submission)

  • Huca

  • Yolanda

  • João Borsch

  • João Couto (via public submission)

  • LEFT (via public submission)

  • Leo Middeia

  • Maria João

  • MELA (via public submission)

  • Mila Dores

  • Nena

  • NOBLE

  • No Maka

  • Perpetua

  • Rita Onofre (via public submission)

  • Rita Rocha (via public submission)

  • Silk Nobre

 

About Festival da Canção 2024

The competition will follow the format we saw last year. Twenty acts will compete across two semi-finals: ten in the first semi, ten others in the second semi. Six acts will qualify to the final from each show, giving us a grand final with 12 acts. 

Do you recognise any of the songwriters? Who are you most excited for? Let us know down below…

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Sebastian
Sebastian
3 months ago

Why didn’t they send the brazilian singers Manu Bahtidao and Simone Mendes singing “Daqui pra sempre”? It sounds so familiar

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

Bad joke and a tat disrespectful to both Brazil and Portugal (and for Sweden I may add). Also it would hurt our Brazilian brothers, as you may or may not know, is a different country than Portugal, and proudly so! If Spain is losing its musical identity to the Latin American commerce, that is only sad for well… Spain. Luckily this is not happening in Portugal (and in this case not even Latin American, but rather Sweden, which is even sadder)

Sebastian
Sebastian
3 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Tudo mundo falou, que o nosso amor, era fragil demais, que nao era capaz.

Dude, you are the “reis/rainhas da sofrência”. A shot of energy for wake up it’s portuguese song. For sure, but for sleeping and for looking for past forever.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

Dude! “Sofrência” is not a word, so don’t try to be witty. It sounds more like ignorance… Secondly, in the words of the great Amália, “we are not sadder, (than the Spaniards) we are just more lucid”. So true! Third, no one gives us shot of energy of whatever. If Mimicat has not proven that you, than I suggest to listen a bit to current Portuguese pop music, or if your taste does not allow it, then at least modern popular folk (so-called Pimba) to see what’s what. Inform yourself a little bit before you come here and regurgitate old… Read more »

Paco
Paco
2 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

And you talk about racism? I can see so much hate towards Spain and Spanish people in your coments… Spanish people Love Portugal and it’s people and we always have seen them as brothers and sisters. Clearly the one who’s been disrespectful is you with your xenophobic coments. So sad ?

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago
Reply to  Paco

Sorry, there is not one word of hate or disrespect. I am just saying that Spanish people are happier and more pragmatic. In what does this entail any form of racism or xenophobia? Quite the contrary.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

And btw, in the word of the great Salvador (who is touring like crazy all overt Europe with his very energetic new álbum mind you!) if a songs make you sleep, it performs also an important function. Nothing wrong with that

Sebastián
Sebastián
3 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Sure, he is touring only in small theaters which snob people, who believe superior for read intellectual books and complex philosophers, going to listen another snob who loves that ‘richess poverty’. Dude, poverty and suffering is in your DNA. Mimicat was stunning last year, but again Portugal didn’t spend any cent in staging, just some dancers with a marvelous and energetic song. Like you are people of poems and big feelings, that’s the proof of your sadness. Somebody should write a sociology thesis called ‘Portugal, the sadness land’ ‘A alegria da pobreza Está na grande riqueza’ Amalia Rodrigues Uma casa… Read more »

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastián

Sorry, but that starts to sound like racism, dude! You don’t know about us, and on top of you pick a song that has an uptempo rhythm to ilustrate your prejudged point. This is song is celebrating the joy of living in family and love, regardless of wealth or condition… So the worst example! I could also say that on the other side of the bother what you can find is only poor mainstream music, horrible scream and superficiality and disgusting flashiness. I don’t do it because I don’t believe in it and would be too one sided. On poor,… Read more »

Known Melody
Known Melody
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastián

There’s been plenty written about Portuguese melancholy actually, such as this BBC article for example: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20161118-the-european-country-that-loves-being-sad

It’s one of the thing that makes Portugal what it is, and we are proud of it. And Europe appreciated it as well in 2017, 2021 and 2022. It’s not snobism or hipsterism, it’s our culture.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
3 months ago
Reply to  Known Melody

And that is only one side of Portuguese culture, the one has more exposure. But there are many other happier sides, but that the single minded or the ignorant don’t want to hear about because this clashes with their little black and white picture

Paco
Paco
2 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Why you have to talk about Spain? For your information in spain there’s a big production of Reggaeton and other latín music and many latín Artists are based in Spain. I’m so tired about people having their opinion about what Spain should take to eurovision. Then we go with a great flanenco Song and a great Voice like last year and it’s too much for European listeners…

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago
Reply to  Paco

I mentioned Spain because I assume Sebastián is from Spain and I regard his comments harmful. And sorry, it is a matter of taste, but what today is produced and called as “Latin music” especially reggaeton is completely fake and inaudible. Nothing to be proud of. That has nothing to do with my opinion on Spain and Spanish culture, which I regard highly.

Sebastian
Sebastian
3 months ago

Portugal is Portugal. In one word: hipster

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
3 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

And we take as a big compliment.

Jake
Jake
3 months ago

My first reaction is the surprising lack of racial diversity in the lineup for a country who’s Top Spotify lists are filled rap, hip-hop, trap and drill with strong African, Brazilian and UK influence. Huge missed opportunity. Disappointed that the likes of Mara or Nuno Ribeiro didn’t submit or were asked to participate. I hope Bispo brings something that is more akin to his radio hits but worry we will get another overly serious “song for FdC” like Ivandro sent last year. It seems so many current artists enter Festival da Canção to deliver a completely different vibe than the… Read more »

Karl
Karl
3 months ago

Come for the fireworks, stay for the feelings

Zanoni
Zanoni
3 months ago

I don’t know anyone, so I made a playlist with the top few songs from each artist for my own personal edification. Looking forward to digging in.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/48WLmGNkdYtqPoMdrDu6R8?si=b89e958505274c0b

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

I’m glad that they’re getting more and more submissions because Portugal always brings something unique every year. I do wish that they’d allow more public submissions in, or at leaset make it relative to the public submission total. I mean Mimicat and Edmundo (top two of Festival da Cancao last year) and Os Quatro e Meia (2nd 2022) were all open call winners so I hope we see more public submissions in the future

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

This is brilliant set of great independent artists, Portugal is serving this year!