Photos: RTP

Portugal began its search for a Eurovision star on Saturday. Festival da Canção 2024 commenced with semi-final 1, where 10 acts took to the stage.

Six of them managed to secure a spot in the grand final, including fan favourites Iolanda and João Borsch.

Festival da Canção 2024 semi-final 1

Results

Voting took place over two rounds. An initial combination of 50% televoting and 50% jury votes determined the top five acts of the night who advanced to the grand final.

  • Nena – “Teorias da Conspiração”
  • Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui”
  • Rita Rocha – “Pontos Finais”
  • João Borsch – “…Pelas Costuras”
  • Iolanda – “Grito”

The public then had another chance to vote from the remaining five artists, ultimately selecting one to secure the final qualification spot. This was:

  • Noble – “Memory”

Non-qualifiers

  • Mela – “Água”
  • Mila Dores – “Afia a Língua”
  • Left – “Volto a Ti”
  • Bispo – “Casa Portuguesa”

Do you agree with the results? Who was your favourite of the night? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Do you guys think Portugal has a chance of qualifying in their semi, since all the countries that usually gave them points are in the other semi (Spain, France, Switzerland…)?

Marian C?t?
1 month ago

When in bed, Portugal brings us – Romanians – a lot of luck!!! #FANCY

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

I found Jolanda really impressive and a good candidate for the win in FdC. Jo?o Borsch is cool but his performance might be too out there for Malmö.

Gabago
Gabago
1 month ago

Iolanda is on another level. The song, the perfomance…just wow. Portuguese language Is pure magic!
Top 10 for sure in Malmö!

From Italy, go Portugal!!!

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago

Although I love Leo and Doce Mistério, the competition should stop here. Iolanda nailed it! I can’t remember seeing something so finished already in the semis… Great job!

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago

This must be a record of ongoing show…

When will it end the show???

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago

Iolanda was incredible, not expecting this level tbh

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

so who qualified? i think the writer has given up ^^

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Five initial qualifiers:
Song 1 Nena – “Teorias da Conspiração”
Song 2 Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui”
Song 6 Rita Rocha – “Pontos Finais”
Song 8 João Borsch – “…Pelas Costuras”
Song 9 Iolanda – “Grito”

One additional qualifier (public vote:
Song 7 Noble – “Memory”

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

thanks.
Songs 1, 8 and 9 are top notch here
i’m ok with songs 6 and 7, but kinda bored
#2 is just bad and extremely dated

Ollie
Ollie
1 month ago

Is it still going on?

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

Ok João didn’t disappoint me, it was pretty good, it is the most interesting song of this semi imo with all respect for the others. Iolanda has nice vocals but I don’t manage to connect with the song, something in the instrumentation that don’t click with me. That big note at the end is really good but it doesn’t sell the entire song for me, moreover we’ve seen that in Eurovision thousands times already, in others words, it’s nice, classical, Iolanda is overtalented but it lacks a bit of originality, a bit of spice so I still think João would… Read more »

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago

Ioooolaaaaandaaaaa! I wasn’t ready for that!!

Perfect!!

Let’s see Filipa!! Feeling it will be good!
But Iolanda was insane today!!

Congratz to Rtp, amazing show, good staging , good camera work … well done!!

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
1 month ago

Iolanda has to go to Malmö. Amazing song with an amazing voice. That long note near the end does it for me.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Iolanda was excellent. She could be a moment in Malmö. Wow!

Dravo
Dravo
1 month ago

All of my top 5 of the night being the first Qs
My least fave being the final one….
May FdC never go televote only ever again

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Dravo

?

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

:DDD

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

And finally, congratulations to song 7. (My least favourite, but congrats all the same. A lot of others apparently like it.)

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

It’s just a semi

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

The best 4 songs qualified, as did Perpetua. Shocked Bispo was left behind. I think the staging was cheesy and the lack of lyrics in the last 30 seconds hurt. I think there’s lots to tweak in these stagings for the finale. Especially Nena who has a gem of a song , a sweet voice and an arresting beautiful look—but needs to have a bit of a concept in the stage or background graphics.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

That is António Calvário, who represented Portugal at the ESC in 1964!

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

A very dear personality in Portugal. Impressive how joyous and lucid he sounds at 85 years of age.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Ok so we have our 5 with the jury. So the televote wildcard is next. Rooting for Mela – Àgua

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

So am I… but I guess that Noble will be probably chosen

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

Told ya…

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

The first 5 were chosen by both jury and televote, each counting 50%. The 6th qualifier will be decided 100% by televote.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

That’s what i meant: the 5 in which the jury were involved. I can read lol

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Congratulations to songs: 6, 1, 2, 9, 8 and…

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

That Iolanda power note has the potential to be a stand-out moment in Malmö. It’s obvious to me that this should qualify. The rest is up to Portugal. Here we go… Results.

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I sense Iolanda will get the top points from both jury and televote in FdC’s final. The performance is also pretty much ready for Eurovision. I would just tweak some parts in the choreography, that appears a bit too overdone at times.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Don’t sleep on João Borsch! Their performance was pretty cool and song the most fantastic and modern thing I’ve ever heard from Portugal! João reminds me of an older version of Nicholas Alves from Junior Eurovision 2022!

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

João’s song is by far the most interesting this year. It represents a prolific niche of experimental genre-bending music which is quite strong in Portugal, despite not being featured so often in Festival da Canção, with the exception of some notable acts like Conan Osíris. I would really love “…Pelas Costuras” to be my country’s representative this year in Eurovision, but I don’t really think there’s any competition to Iolanda.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Good to see Suzy again! It has been many years since I last saw her. She still looks great. 🙂

oran
oran
1 month ago

no matter who Portugal pick its an up hill battle for them for many reasons
1. Their in a really tough semi
2. Literally everyone who traditionally vote Portugal is not in this semi
3. They have to pick Iolanda to even be in a talk to qualify.
so ya I love Portugal but shaping out to be not their year this year

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  oran

Don’t forget Luxembourg, who votes in the same semi. 14,5% of the country’s population is Portuguese!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  oran

Oh, that’s tough.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  oran

Sincerely I don’t even care, don’t mind if Portugal sends Borsch – totally different and way better than most crap that is being sent – but if they choose Iolanda, that IS a work of art, and if people don’t realize that, it is their problem

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

Iolanda pretty much sealed the whole competition. I don’t think there’s any other competitor who can beat her in the final.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Since ther are six qualifiers, I suppose it would be faster to list the ones I think should nq lol. In running order:
Nena – “Teorias da Conspiração”
Perpétua – “Bem Longe Daqui”
Left – “Volto a Ti
Noble – “Memory”

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

I could live with that outcome.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Noble ( although not my cup of tea) will have the vote of romantic old-classic ballads fans

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

It’s not a bad song, but it’s probably my 10th choice today. And not because it’s in English. It’s just not standing out at all. I mean, it stands out here for obvious reasons, but put it in any other line-up – MGP, Melfest, Luxembourg, Germany… It just drowns in. But again, not a bad song.

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

I would go with Noble, Bispo, Mela, and Left.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Iolanda and Borsch for sure, followed by Mela… the others were just ok for me

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago

So, six go through. It will be hard. My choices are probably Iolanda, Bispo, Joao Borsch, Perpetua, Mila Dores, in no particular order. Then Mela or Rita as a last qualifier. I wouldn’t mind Left to qualify either.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

10. Bispo (“Casa Portuguesa”) – A rap song for musical theatre. Well, this is different. There are a lot of touching lyrics that are lost because of the lack of a melody (which is why I find it difficult to feel anything with pure rap). I like the instrumental arrangement, but the staging is a bit out of context. Feels like three minutes were taken out of a much longer story.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Bispo’s staging is actually completely in context with the lyrics of the song. Even the hay on stage is a nod to the word for burden in Portuguese. It’s sad that the meaning of his song doesn’t really translate, because it is quite deep and meningfy.

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago

We end on a high note. Bisbo held my attention throughout. I’m usually less keen on rap when it doesn’t have a strong melody, but the staging and the message here really come across as strong. The song is also cool.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Bispo amazing

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Last song reminds me of “In new yoooooork”

Ohi
Ohi
1 month ago

Iolanda was miles better than anything else tonight. It bought vocals and a solid stage concept. It was definitely the one I could most imagine on the Eurovision stage.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Ok… I spoke to early, 2024 has the bed and the entire house on the stage :DDD

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago

Iolanda is another candidate to win this semi. When you hear that Portugal likes atmospheric ballads sung by big voices, this is what you have in mind. Bravo!

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago

Iolanda tem o meu voto…uma voz incrível

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

9. Iolanda (“Grito”) – A capella at the start, impressive. Theatrical, and super-dramatic. This might be my favourite. Really moving musical motifs and lyricism throughout. An incredible performance, bravo.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Iolanda was …STUNNING!!!!!!!

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Damn, Borsh did not dissapoint, looove the dark-vampire-like thing about it ( don’t really know if I prefer this or if he dad been more dynamic on stage…)

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago

Joao stands out a lot! Not only that it’s the first mid-tempo (not slow) song so far, but the styling, instrumentation, and the whole vibe are quite unique. He was great. Might win this semi.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Dominic

I would love for him to go! Portugal needs a song with some rock in!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

8. João Borsch (“…Pelas Costuras”) – More gory lyrics, wow! I actually like how this song suits the vocal really well; there is some surprisingly beautiful writing here. However, the lyrics are extremely unsubtle. I feel creeped out.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

What are they about?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Noble has a very nice voice, nice spelling but the song is too much Johnny Logan for me… now comes one of those I am really curious to see live

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago

Noble – A pretty 90s ballad, well performed. Misses an oomph to make it competitive.

Rita was nice too, btw. An interesting staging with the harp and the rain.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

7. Noble (“Memory”) – English lyrics? (Was that supposed to happen?) Oh dear. I really don’t like the closed eyes and screwed up face style of singing – it’s just a personal thing: When performing, please open your eyes. This song is also rather basic. I’m afraid this was my least liked so far (sorry).

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Rita was a good surprise ( everything having an harp is my thing)… is she 17 years old??

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

Rita, not the harp lolololol

Based
Based
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

Yes, she is 17.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

6. Rita Rocha (“Pontos Finais”) – I’ll be harping on about this one. 🙂 What a beautiful voice! The choice of black & white to colour at the start worked. I like how this song develops a little in the third minute, but overall this song isn’t strong enough for the ESC, because it languishes around and doesn’t really have a “moment” to remember. But Rita has a really beautiful voice, and I hope we can see her return in the future with a more memorable song.

esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago

É outra experiência quando posso entender o que dizem! Já tenho mais de um ano praticando o meu português e viajei para Portugal o agosto passado. Boa sorte a todas as artistas <3

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

5. Left (“Volto a Ti”) – I really like this song. 3/4 waltz time underneath, but the melody on top is completed rhythmically disconnected to it. It is longing for the missing lover through the music. Bravo to the singer, as that’s not an easy song to sing well, and it went well tonight.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I mean the melody is completed by* being* rhythmically disconnected to the time signature. That’s an expression of the emotion of the lyrics, which is why I really like it. (Sorry about the typos.)

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

2023: sofa on the stage
2024: bed on the stage
2025: the kitchen

Anyway it is an interesting song but definitely not for Eurovision

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

We didnt need to wait for 2025 to get the kitchen lol

Dominic
Dominic
1 month ago

Left – Amazing staging and performance. A bit monotone song. But overall pleasant.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Volto a ti had such a memorable opening, but it doean’t feel like they went anywhere with it