Photos: RTP

It was back to Lisbon on Saturday for another night of Portuguese music courtesy of Festival da Canção 2024 semi-final 2.

Ten new acts hit the stage, but only six of them made it to next week’s grand final.

Festival da Canção 2024: Semi-final 2 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 advance to the grand final:

  • Buba Espinho – “O Farol”
  • Cristina Clara – “Primavera”
  • Leo Middea – “Doce Mistério”
  • No Maka feat. Ana Maria – “Aceitar”
  • Silk Nobre – “Change”

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

  • Rita Onofre – “Criatura”

Non-qualifiers

  • Filipa – “You Can’t Hide”
  • João Couto – “Quarto para Um”
  • Huca – “Pé de Choro”
  • Maria João – “Dia”

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

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Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago

I’m not gonna lie, not the most inspir national final I’ve ever listened to. In general I’m a bit disappointed in this season.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

So, we’re still waiting on Australia, Sweden, Portugal, & Azerbaijan. And for them to figure out what they are going to do with Israel. Am I missing anyone?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

You left out Armenia and Georgia.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Georgia is always a wild card. Either brilliant or gawdawful. But at least they try new things.

Raul
Raul
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

Also Greece

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Raul

Greece has a release date, March 7

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

I don’t think we’ve seen the FdC winner tonight

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

No, we didn’t.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Rooting for Iolanda in the final! She would be a perfect addition to the 2024 lineup

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Same

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Same!

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Absolutely !

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

So while we hardly ever get returning artists in Festival da Canção—both of this year’s returnees João Borsch and Mila Dores both NQed after NQed in their previous entries. Maybe best to bring back people who actually were popular in their previous tries.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

I meant *João Couto*!!
Why can’t wiwi let me edit my comments ?

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago

So 3 of my favourites from this semifinal did not qualify… that is crazy. LOL!

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

Line up complete for this year and my winner is still João. I get the appeal for Grito for sure but I prefer Pelas Costuras personally,

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

This is a very based take. With a revamp at the end of the song, Joao could easily qualify for Portugal. I fear Iolanda might get lost despite a brilliant performance.

trabzan
trabzan
1 month ago

Filipa was my favorite, but she should have at least spent a few hours thinking about the staging to show that she was taking this job seriously.

Emory
Emory
1 month ago

as someone who as loved many of the underdogs for this selection, i’m so pleasantly surprised with the finalists. time to root for …pelas costuras <3

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago
Reply to  Emory

Iolanda!

Emory
Emory
1 month ago
Reply to  Elfi

Iolanda is AMAZING (listening to it rn haha) and I would love to see it go to Malmo! I just tend to root for underdogs and get WAY too attached to them LOL

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago
Reply to  Emory

I like João also! But i do think is too out there and this year is full of crazy songs…

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

Power to Joao! He is like an older Nickolas Alves!

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago

Whhaaattt??

Huca???

Crazy!!! What happened?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

I will never unerstand how portugal votes. If the public wildcard is not huca or rita then what are we even doing here?

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Agree with you lolol but we all know that the real contenders aren’t among these songs

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

I mean yeah, but still

Gru
Gru
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

I love ac/dc, my wife hates them 🙂 music, like any other art, has its beauty in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, in the ear of the listener 🙂

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Teya Dora pulled a suprise win it seems! Noone expected this! Really interesting result!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

(Wrong post)

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Damn, Zorja isn’t going to Eurovision.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

I like Konstrakta but I REALLY hope she doesn’t go back to Eurovision this year.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

The jury TANKED Breskvica

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago

Milhanas!! <3

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

I’m guessing based on history of Portuguese juris and televote patterns, the qualifiers are: Huca, João, Rita, Noble, Maria João and Buba.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

I think my 4 nqs are going to be:
Buba Espinho – “O Farol”
Filipa – “You Can’t Hide”
No Maka feat. Ana Maria – “Aceitar”
Maria João – “Dia”

Basically everyone but Silk Nobre need to elevate for the final

Elfi
Elfi
1 month ago

Huca was A M A Z I N G!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

The RTP screen captions keep telling me: “You Can’t Hide.” But then I realise that was actually the title of one of the songs, and not a reference to Orwell’s “1984” or to “V for Vendetta.”

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

Everything was so middle-of-the-road (with one or two surprising flops), that it’s hard to predict the 6 finalists. It can literally go anywhere.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I don’t have difficulties to pick my 5 qualifiers here. In the other of their performances – Leo Middea, Joao Couto, Huca, Rita Onofre, Silk Nobre.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Who’s your wildcard sixth?

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Good question… Probably between Buba Espinho (for its sweet lyrics) and Maria Joao (whose song is pure chaos, but offers some diversity).

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

10. Silk Nobre (“Change”) – I was enjoying the musical theatre of this one, but I was interrupted. I hope it went well.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

It went, Sink knows how to entertain

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

*Silk

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Change was cool. But with Filipa’s fiasco tonight ( it’s my opinion and I have my doubts that she will uplift the song with the staging if she goes to the final) everything will be between Iolanda and Borsh ( and very happy about that because both have amazing songs)

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Change is a camp song with on-the-nose lyrics and a really uplifting message that was needed to finish the evening. It sounds like something straight from The Princess and the Frog. I enjoyed it!

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Criatura is a pretty song with really nice ambiental vocal moments. There are ballads with a more of a punch, but I like this one too. I can imagine myself in the woods or by the lake while listening to it.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Change had great energy and a good message. Definitely in the final

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

9. Rita Onofre (”Criatura”) – Great song. Beautiful lyrical melodies, 12/8 time signature and a poetic meaning about the earth and our connection to nature. This was okay, but some of the vocals were under pitch, and that’s not to my taste. The staging was too generic for this song as well. It needs more context to work at the ESC.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Rita was the best tonight

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Ok Rita might be my winner for this semi

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

If there is a song this year that I can equally see as my winner and my last place of its selection, it would have to be Dia. I mean… what to say? It’s creative, but messy. Maria was mesmerizing to watch, yet I feel like they should have amped up the staging to super-bonkers for this to fully work.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Dia is so totally niche

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

8. Maria João (“Dia”) – Oh dear. Almost unlistenable. Terrible outfit. I never want to hear this song again. But I wish Maria well.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

7. No Maka feat. Ana Maria (“Aceitar”) – That’s novel; a song about feeling homesick! She knew the pre-Chorus went wrong at the start vocally, so I could see she adjusted her vocals and improved through the rest of the song. Bravo, this might be enough to qualify. We shall see. The song is a bit boring though. Everyone misses home.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Aceitar is pretty, but i dont really have anything else to say about it

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Aceitar was rather pleasant on stage, no?

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

I love the angolan Kizomba rhythm , she has a puerile interesting voice but I am not sure about the singing itself

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Ok, Huca didn’t have my kind of song but at least he had stage concept

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

6. Huca (“Pé de Choro”) – Beautiful lyrics. Loving the improvised vocal runs into the head voice. This is a real spectacle, and it’s nice to have the creole and the diversity; a little bit of gospel is in there too. Really interesting, thank you.

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

A beautiful homage to Sara Tavares!

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Pe de Choro was very interesting! Perhaps its melody isn’t as striking, but it certainly makes it up with unique rhythms, a wonderful staging, and a great message! We miss you, Sara!

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

João Couto’s song is so slight, non-competitive and inoffensive but has enough energy for this national final that if Perpetua can make it last week then this will probably sail through.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Filipa—I love that song but the staging let her down. The walking around was too awkward. If she was not going to elevate the song with a concept on stage then she should’ve just stood at the mic and allowed the camera to work over her.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 month ago

Quarto para Um: another fun feelgood song. Probably the best staged so far.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Cuarto para um was really fun on stage! Really engaging and well-performed!
From the first half of songs, Leo and Joao are the ones that just have to qualify.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Leo has enough charisma to help elevate what could’ve been a very sweet and sexy staging that required 2 couples dancing around him. But that mega-watt smile might be enough if Portuguese audience can get over that he’s Brazilian.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Number 5 even looks refreshing after Filipa’s….

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

5. João Couto (“Quarto para Um”) – It’s another song about an empty room after someone left him (there was a similar one in Serbia)! A surprisingly cheerful and upbeat performance. The sound is a bit 1980s retro. Weird distorted guitar solo in the middle; what was that supposed to be? Good choreography. Pretty good overall.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Festival da Canção as always investing whatever was under the sofa cushions on stagings.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I like the dark pop vibes You Can’t Hide has. Perhaps it would need just a bit bigger oomph instrumentally and staging-wise to bring it to a banger level. This was solid.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

PS. And yes, her vocals weren’t the best either, sadly.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

The more I’m retroactively thinking, the less I like the performance. 🙁

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Aha, I thought this one was a car crash (sorry)

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Oooh… it was… I think that the song itself has a lot of potential (with a stronger instrumental power-up), but the performance was easily the worst one among the first five songs. And probably the worst one at FdC 2024 overall so far. She was without a breath throughout. I *kinda* liked the color scale and what they were going with the lightening-shaped letters on LED screens, but in the end, the staging was so monotonous as well. And she was not up to task either, sadly.

Joana
Joana
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Sthe music reminds me of bishop Briggs white flag but reminds me even more of another song I just can’t remember and I’m eating my brain

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

4. Filipa (“You Can’t Hide”) – English lyrics. Mic stand cliché. Oh no, this is creepy. The tuning with the backing singers is not great. Plus she’s all by herself, so who is she singing to? Us?! Applause started in the middle of the song! Oh, what a car crash! Filipa recovered well at the end, but this was a dreadful concept, in my opinion.

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I kinda expected this to happen, to be honest… :/

Jake
Jake
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I am shocked there was not much style to the staging given how well stylized her music videos typically are.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Don’t hide Filipa out of the runnings to win the whole thing!

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

It might actually be the flop of the whole thing tonight…

Woof
Woof
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Unfortunately I think it is a total flop… she sings well but… she is just… there,… nothing is going on visually 🙁

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

Try saying that to the other contestants with their minimal staging

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

As if Filipa’s staging was anything maximal… LOL

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

I am not comparing to the other contestants, you are. , I wanted to see what SHE was going to do on stage, and it was disappointing