PORTUGAL – The 56th edition of Festival da Canção had its grand final on Saturday evening. Portuguese broadcaster RTP had hosted 2 semi-finals the week previous, to get an initial field of 20 songs down to a competitive 10.
On Saturday night, the people of Portugal tuned in to the final and got to vote on these 10 contenders. The winner in the early hours of Sunday morning was MARO, and they will get to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
The result was determined by a 50/50 combination of 2 votes: 1 from public televoting, and 1 from a jury comprised of representatives from the 7 statistical regions of Portugal (Lisbon, North, Central, Alentejo, Algarve, Madeira and the Azores).
MARO won both the public vote and the jury vote.
This singer and songwriter can play both the guitar and the electric bass and is also a trained classical pianist. She wrote her first song at the age of 11 and currently resides in LA, where she’s honing her craft even further.
RESULTS & PERFORMANCES
- MARO – “Saudade, Saudade” (12+12=24 points)
- Diana Castro – “Ginger Ale” (10+4=14 points)
- Os Quatro E Meia – “Amanhã” (4+10=14 points)
- FF – “Como É Bom Esperar Alguém” (6+8= 14 points)
- Aurea – “Why?” (6+5=11 points)
- Pongo & Tristany – “Dé.grá.dê” (7 + 3=10 points)
- Milhanas – “Corpo de Mulher” (8 + 2=10 points)
- Syro – “Ainda Nos Temos” (3 + 6=9 points)
- Inês Homem de Melo – “Fome De Viagem” (2 + 7=9 points)
- Pepperoni Passion – “Código 30” (1+1= 2 points)
- Bateu Matou
- Lura, Blaya, and Sara Correia
- B Fachada, Benjamim, Selma Uamusse, and Tiago Bettencourt
- Northern Portugal
- Central Portugal
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