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Portugal 2017: watch a video presentation of Festival da Canção stage

PORTUGAL – Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) will organise the national final Festival da Canção 2017 in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Festival da Canção 2017 will be the 51st 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 19 and 26 February 2017 and the final on 5 March 2017. The semi-finals will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon, while the final will take place at Coliseu dos Recreios, also in Lisbon. The competition will feature sixteen competing songs written by composers who RTP invited for the competition. The composers will both create the song and select the performer for their entry. Each semi-final will feature eight competing entries from which four 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 a public voting.

For the very first time, RTP abolished the language restrictions, so that artists may submit songs in any language(s), even without Portuguese. On 5 December 2016, RTP revealed the names of the sixteen composers that were invited to participate.

The 51st Festival RTP da Canção will consist of two semi-finals and the Final, each with eight entries in competition. The first semi-final will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon on 19 February 2017. In the first semi-final eight entries will participate, and of these eight, four will advance to the Final. The qualifiers will be determined by the televote and the votes of an expert jury appointed by RTP.

Artist Song Jury Public Total Rank Q
Márcia “Agora”
Golden Slumbers “Para perto”
Fernando Daniel “Poema a dois”
Deolinda Kinzimba “O que eu vi nos meus sonhos”
Rui Drumond “O teu melhor”
Lisa Garden “Without You”
Salvador Sobral “Amar pelos dois”
Viva La Diva “Nova glória”

The first semi-final will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon on 26 February 2017. In the second semi-final eight entries will participate, and of these eight, four will advance to the Final. The qualifiers will be determined by the televote and the votes of an expert jury appointed by RTP.

Artist Song Jury Public Total Rank Q
David Gomes “My Paradise”
Lena d’Água “Nunca me fui embora”
Beatriz Felício “Ao teu olhar”
Pedro Gonçalves “Don’t Walk Away”
Helena Kendall “Andamos no céu”
Celina da Piedade “Primavera”
Jorge Benvinda “Gente bestial”
Inês Sousa “Se o tempo não falasse”

The final will take place at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon on 5 March 2017. In the Final eight entries will participate. The winner will be determined by the televote and the votes from regional juries.

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