PORTUGAL – Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Portuguese entry for the 2021 contest will be chosen through the national selection Festival da Canção, organised by the Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), which will consist of two semi-finals on 20 and 27 February, and a final on 6 March 2021.
Festival da Canção 2021 will be the 55th edition, 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, all taking place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon. 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. The competing artists and songs were revealed on 20 January 2021.
The second semi-final will take place on 27 February 2021, hosted by Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and José Carlos Malato. In the second semi-final, ten entries will participate, and of these ten, five will advance to the final. The qualifiers will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from jury members made up of music professionals and a public telephone vote.
The final will take place on 6 March 2021, hosted by Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim. In the final ten entries will participate, and the winner will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from seven regional juries and a public telephone vote.