PORTUGAL – Festival da Canção 2018 will be the 52nd edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that selects Portugal’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The format of the competition consists of three shows: two semi-finals on 18 and 25 February 2017 and the final on 4 March 2017.
The semi-finals will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon, while the final will be held at Pavilhão Multiusos in Guimarães. The competition will feature twenty songs written by professional and amateur composers directly invited by RTP as well as selected by a jury from an open call.
The composers will be responsible for choosing the performer for their entry. Each semi-final will feature ten songs from which five will advance to the final. Results during the semi-finals are determined by a jury panel appointed by RTP and votes from the public. In the final, the winner is determined by the votes from regional jury panels and public voting.
Deadline of submissions due today and ESC Portugal reveals some names confirming their submissions. Ricardo Verdelho, composer and music producer, revealed on Facebook that he sent three songs to RTP. One of the interpreters of these themes, not knowing if only one or all of them, is Ana Sofia Gonçalves, who tried to participate in the Festival da Canção 2009 with O Meu Planeta Especial, not having gone through online voting.
Ana Sofia Gonçalves was part of the Portuguese delegation at Eurovision 2007, being in the choir of Sabrina. On the Facebook page of Ricardo Verdelho it is still possible to see that Rúben Filipe was involved in the production of some of these songs. Rúben was one of the Portuguese composers who in 2013 tried to represent Moldova in Eurovision, along with Vasco Cardoso ( AQUI ).
In addition to Ricardo Verdelho, there were some composers who published their proposals on YouTube. This is the case of João Páris, who published the songs Out Of The Blue, performed by Gabriela Couta, and Torre de Ivfim, performed by Naiara Queiroz. João Páris is a composer born in Porto who is characterized as having a “passion for simple and intimate melodies”.
Sérgio Speed, José Dias, Jorge Vadio & Nelson Laranjo, Hernan Castillo, with interpretation by Bianca, and Rui Mateus were other composers who have already revealed their proposals for the Song Festival 2018.