Portugal kicks off 2019 Eurovision song search

The last item of order on a busy Saturday evening came courtesy of Portuguese broadcaster RTP. A traditional late evening slot was handed to the Festival da Canção. Eight songs were trying to win four places in the March 2 grand final.

The competition this year features sixteen songs written by professional and amateur composers, who were also responsible for choosing who would perform their song. There were no language restrictions for the third year running.

Results this evening were decided by a 50/50 jury/televote split.

1Michael SoulHumanise594
2ZENALike it691
3Eva KoganRun5410
4BLGN & MirexChampion652
5Sebastian RoosNever getting close623
6Alyona GorbachovaCan we dream?594
7PROvokatsiyaRunning away from the sun558
9NAPOLILet it go587
10KeySiNo love lost594

Portugal will perform in the second half of the first semi-final.