They write the songs … for Portugal


Sticking to the idea that Eurovision is a song contest, Portuguese broadcaster RTP always likes to announce the names of the people behind the songs that will compete to win a spot in Tel Aviv. The performer names follow later.

The annual Festival da Canção competition kicked off this week and the organisers seem to have opted largely for new blood.

Songs are to come from: André Tentúgal, Calema, Conan Osíris, D’Alva, D.A.M.A, Filipe Keil, Flak, Frankie Chavez, Lura, Mariana Bragada, Miguel Guedes, NBC, Rui Maia, São Pedro, Surma, Tiago Machado.

The semi-finals this time around take place on 16 and 23 February. The grand final is booked for 2 March.