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The next 20 entries of this year’s Eurovision national final season come courtesy of Portugal. The Iberian nation has revealed the songs set to take part in Festival da Canção 2024.

Broadcaster RTP previously revealed the composers who would be writing the entries — 14 invited directly by RTP and six chosen from the public submissions. The composers are given the choice of singing their own song or bringing in a separate singer to perform instead. For the first time in the 60-year history of the festival, all the composers have decided to perform their own songs.

Festival da Canção 2024: Competing songs

Semi-Final One

  • Bispo – “Casa Portuguesa”
  • Iolanda – “Grito”
  • João Borsch – “Pelas Costuras”
  • Left – “Volto a Ti”
  • Mela – “Água”
  • Mila Dores – “Afia a Língua”
  • Nena – “Teorias da Conspiração”
  • Noble – “Memory”
  • Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui”
  • Rita Rocha – “Pontos Finais”

Semi-Final Two

  • Buba Espinho – “O Farol”
  • Cristina Clara – “Primavera”
  • Filipa – “You Can’t Hide”
  • Huca – “Pé de Choro”
  • João Couto – “Quarto Para Um”
  • Léo Middea – “Doce Mistério”
  • Maria João – “Dia”
  • No Maka ft. Ana Maria – “Aceitar”
  • Rita Onofre – “Criatura”
  • Silk Nobre – “Change”

Listen to all the songs in the below playlist.

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 — five from a round of combined public and jury votes, then an additional one chosen purely by the public in a second round of voting — giving us a grand final with 12 acts.

Which song is standing out to you most? Who do you think has a shot at winning Festival da Canção 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

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musimakeup
musimakeup
2 months ago

Leo Middea would definitly stand out. Mela would be my pick for sure …liked Filipa but ….there’s definiltly something missing with that song. We’ll see with the staging….Would have loved a bit more of Cabo Verde color and rythm though…. make us dance 🙂

Jaime
Jaime
2 months ago

This year Portugal have three wonderful songs to win Eurovision, all of them in English, but this is diversity. In my order: firstable Noble, great song, great voice. After a charming song with a great message, Change , Slik Nobre. And at final , Filipa with her beautiful song you can’t hide.

Stian F
Stian F
2 months ago

Another great selection this year and especially great for lovers of music! Loved listening to all of these and discover new musical genres like morna and choro. Portugal have had some really nice selections these last years and they always offer something one won’t find in other national finals. So happy with this national final season so far <3

Addie
Addie
2 months ago

Rita Rocha and João Borsch are my top faves <3

Zander25
Zander25
2 months ago

what happen to Portugal this year? none of all the songs is appealing, so sad.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Filipa or withdraw

1) in amazing english
2) such a bop

Dida
Dida
2 months ago

Snoozefest

Anja
Anja
2 months ago

I only listened to the songs once, I find FdC overwhelming. But Bispo with Casa Portuguese had an instant appeal to me.

Amigo
Amigo
2 months ago

Well done, Portugal. We will definitely not get a winning song from this selection, but you are true to yourself and the quality is amazing. I enjoyed quite a few songs.

Iolanda with “Grito” stood out the most to me.

Such an amazing build up. Such a good representation of Portugal.

With an amazing staging this song can do great in ESC (especially with juries).

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Amigo

one less threat for Baby Lasagna anyway

Amigo
Amigo
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Might be very true, but let’s not focus on other countries’ songs under an article about Portuguese selection. I also like Baby Lasanga and think it might do very well, but let me know how you feel about Portuguese national selection?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Amigo

judging the songs for FdC on itself, they are good songs, once again a decent festival line up, Portugal doing its own thing, not looking at what is gonna do well at ESC, but tbh recent times of ESC it usually has been the weirder, alternative entries doing well rather than the more generic, eurovision by the numbers pop entries i think Maria Joao would be a fab choice, same goes for Filipa, and i like Joao Borsch too i have a bit of a disko partizani vibe with baby lasagna’s as well as rammstein similarities ofc, the way his… Read more »

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

Just gave a listen to the songs (or at least I tried to) but this is the most boring NF this season, too monotone and doesn’t reflect Portugal’s musical diversity at all. 2022 and 2023 were far better than this 🙁

Grft
Grft
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

People say that every year with FdC

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Grft

I mean, a little rap, funk, edm and/or hip hop tuga wouldn’t hurt, though. I didn’t wanna come off as mean, but it’s more and the same every year xd

Jorge
Jorge
1 month ago
Reply to  Yuarith

dude they literally have Bispo there who is a rapper, there is a rock song (Pelas Costuras), jazz (Dia), whatever Silk Nobre song is (Disney movie soundtrack?) and Grito that is a perfectly crafted ballad which rises and rises. So I don’t understand this comment lol

Zanoni
Zanoni
2 months ago

“Teorias da Conspiração” is the one that really took hold of me today; I also like Joao Borsch and I’m starting to get intrigued by the idea of Maria Joao going to Eurovision.

Elfi
Elfi
2 months ago

You Can’t Hide!!

Straight to my s** playlist!!!

Crazy with this!!

Filipa for the win!!

David
David
2 months ago

Never change, FdC! The Portuguese music scene is so rich and it deserves to be showcased. It doesn’t need to have upbeat party bops that you’d get from the more competitive countries. I’d love to see Portugal win again someday, but it shouldn’t sacrifice its authenticity in the process. I seriously wish that music from the Iberian Peninsula in general (including Spain) is appreciated more by the Eurovision fandom.

That said, I’m vibing a few gems in this mix. I’m especially loving MELA and Rita Onefre.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  David

Agree that it’s rich but this is not a reflection of how rich it is. There’s lots of sameness to this bunch of songs. No reflection of the afro-rap scene that permeates Spotify lists. No reflection of the dance pop scene. No hip hop tuga. No edm. No rock. No R&B. No electro-folk. No electronica. No metal. No traditional folk. Just lots of soft voiced women doing mid tempo indie pop about their feelings.

Jorge
Jorge
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

What the hell do you mean? Joao Borsch is rock, Bispo is rap, there is afro sounds in Huca’s song, there is Brazilian bossanova in Leo Middea which is a very danceable summer song. What are you people talking about lol

Alaska
Alaska
2 months ago

Maria João for the win!

MaryFT
MaryFT
2 months ago
Reply to  Alaska

Yes! So surreal to have her here!

Miguel
Miguel
2 months ago
Reply to  Alaska

Of corse!

Ferrari Fish
Ferrari Fish
2 months ago

I was hoping for Cristiano Ronaldo?? Well, maybe his song wasn’t ready yet and he improve it for ESC 2025.

Eve
Eve
2 months ago
Reply to  Ferrari Fish

I’d love His sister Katja to take part ))

Jorge
Jorge
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Trust me you wouldn’t…

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 months ago
Reply to  Ferrari Fish

With his entry ‘Siu Siu Siu’? Certified banger.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Preliminary verdict based on first impression, personal taste, and complete ignorance of what the lyrics mean… not based in any way on qualification chances…

Bispo….. Bronze star
iolanda… Bronze star
NOBLE… I’m sorry, zero star
Nena….. Silver star
Joao B…. Bronze star
LEFT. ….. Silver star
MELA….. Silver star
Mila D…. Silver star
Perpetua. Gold star!
Rita R…. Bronze star

Stay tuned, part two coming soon

Alaska
Alaska
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m tuned. So tuned. I’m tuned for life. Bring it on!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

My picks based on what I enjoyed are Iolanda, João Borsch, Perpétua, Rita Rocha, Filipa, Huca, No Maka ft. Ana Maria, Rita Onofre and Silk Nobre.

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

I always find Festival da Cancao massively underwhelming on first listen. I think it’s because you have to sit through 15 very similar sounding songs in one sitting. I have no doubt though that there will be two or three gems in there, they just need time to marinate.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Also, live, everything will change.

Slna
Slna
2 months ago

Grito is so good… With good staging, that also builds as the song builds, it could be a dark horse… The song is really impactful with the acapella beginning, grabs you by the throat and never lets you go until the scream near the end, then finishes softly while you are still transfixed, on the floor, catching your breath.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
2 months ago

Amazing diverse selection, which truly represents Portugese music. My absolute favorite here is Iolanda with “Grito”. This could be a dark horse if send to ESC…

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Amazing selection, really high quality as always.

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

Listen, I am not saying these songs are bad – to each their own, BUT they all sound the same every year. It’s boring. All of these put me to sleep. Very jazzy sounding and it’s just not my vibe.

Steven
Steven
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

You actually said the truth. These songs are dull, and kinda explains why Portugal needed decades to score the first victory (which is still one of the most boring winners ever according to many).

Miguel
Miguel
2 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Analfabeto

ruaridh
ruaridh
2 months ago
Reply to  Steven

that maz be so for haters …. however the winner song with the highest votes from both jury and public… I wonder why

Icy Pampella
Icy Pampella
2 months ago

Simple. My 3 favorites here are:

  • Rita Rocha – Pontos Finais (number 1, not even gonna lie);
  • Mela – Agua;
  • Huca – Pe de Choro.

Enjoy the songs and your evening/day!

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I think this is your standard lot of expected type of songs from FdC. I understand their value and why they have a unique place in part of the fandom’s hearts. My biggest gripe continues to be the lack of diversity in tempo of songs and the sameness of genres overall. And as usual, even when the broadcasters recruit composers that fall outside the indie/soft pop sound that is in over abundance in this national selection–they turn in a song that feels indistinguishable from the rest. Case in point: No Maka–a DJ duo known for party music festivals and they… Read more »

Aan
Aan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

I may agree overall but Maria João actually delivered on what she is known for and that’s why she’ll easily sail through the National Final. She’s also adored by the portuguese public as she was the Director of Operação Triunfo back in the days. And her song is really fun, different and so her.

Lil Pump
Lil Pump
2 months ago

Let this selection serve as an example to those who think about representing their country and end up changing their musical identity to please the Eurovision audience. Whether they win or not, what matters is having good music. There’s not a single song in this selection that I can see winning the competition, but it’s good to see that the artists are sticking to their ideals and not selling out

LeSerg
LeSerg
2 months ago
Reply to  Lil Pump

Agree on that also if Frito is amazing top 10 material

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Like albania, pure quality music and unlike croatia with troll loser baby lasagna, no gimmicky acts in this selection

Long live FdC, real music still exists too

Joao Borsch, Maria Joao, Filipa are so good