PORTUGAL – Festival da Canção 2019 will be the 53rd edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that selects Portugal’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. Three live shows will be broadcast during a two-week period: two semi-finals on 16 and 23 February and the final on 2 March 2019. The semi-finals will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon, while the final will take place at the Portimão Arena in Portimão.
The competition will feature sixteen songs written by professional and amateur composers, who will be also responsible for choosing the performer(s) for their entry. Each semi-final will feature eight songs from which four will advance to the final. Results during the semi-finals will be determined by a room jury panel (50%) and public voting (50%). In the final, the winner will be determined by the votes from regional jury panels (50%) and public voting (50%). For the third consecutive year, the competition had no language restrictions.
On 5 December 2018, RTP revealed the names of the sixteen participating composers: fourteen directly invited by RTP, one selected by Antena 1’s radio show MasterClass, and one selected from an open call.
The 51st Festival da Canção will consist of two semi-finals and the final. In each semifinal, eight songs will compete for four places in the final, with the qualifiers being determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from jury members, made up of music professionals, and a public televote. In the final, the winner will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from regional jury members and the public televote.
The first semi-final will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon, on 16 February 2019. It will be hosted by Sónia Araújo and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira.