PORTUGAL – Today RTP presented the 20 songs which will compete in the Portuguese national selection Festival da Canção, the annual music festival of the country through which the Eurovision entry and artist is selected.
Festival da Canção 2021 will be the 55th edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that selects Portugal’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The format of the competition will consist of three shows: two semi-finals on 20 and 27 February 2021 and the final on 6 March 2021. The competition will feature twenty competing songs written by composers selected by RTP through various methods. The composers both created the song and selected the performer for their entry. Each semi-final will feature ten competing entries from which five will advance to the final from each show.
Results during the semi-finals will be determined by a jury panel appointed by RTP and votes from the public. In the final, the winner will be determined by the votes from regional jury panels and public voting.
For the fifth consecutive year, RTP abolished the language restrictions, so that artists may submit songs in any language(s), even without Portuguese. On 4 December 2020, RTP revealed the names of the twenty participating composers: eighteen invited by RTP and two selected from 693 submissions received during an open call for songs.
It was also announced that Jorge Gabriel and José Carlos Malato will host the first semi-final on February 20th, with Tania Ribas De Oliveira and Sónia Araújo hosting the second semi-final on February 27th.
- Nadine – “Cheguei Aqui (Anne Victorino d’Almeida)
- Fábia Maia – “Dia Lindo” (Fábia Maia)
- Sara Afonso – “Contramão” (Filipe Melo)
- Valéria – “Na Mais Profunda Saudade” (Helder Moutinho)
- IAN – “Mundo” (IAN)
- Irma – “Livros” (Irma)
- Karetus & Romeu Bairos – “Saudade” (Karetus)
- Miguel Marôco – “Girassol” (Miguel Marôco)
- Mema – “Claro Como Água” (Stereossauro)
- The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side” (Tatanka)
- Carolina Deslandes – “Por Um Triz” (Carolina Deslandes)
- Da Chick – “I Got Music” (Da Chick)
- Joana Alegre – “Joana Do Mar” (Joana Alegre)
- Graciela – “A Vida Sem Acontecer” (João Vieira)
- NEEV – “Dancing In The Stars” (Neev)
- Eu.Clides – “Volte-Face” (Pedro da Linha)
- Pedro Gonçalves – “Não Vou Ficar” (Pedro Gonçalves)
- Tainá – “Jasmim” (Tainá)
- Ariana – “Mundo Melhor” (Virgul)
- Ana Tereza – “Com Um Abraço” (Viviane)