As in 2017, the composers decided which artists would perform their song. The winning composer, Isaura, chose Cláudia Pascoal to sing her song O Jardim (The Garden).
Rui David - Sem medo 5th
Susana Travassos* - A mensageira 12th
Peter Serrado - Sunset 10th
Joana Espadinha - Zero a zero 9th
Lili - O vôo das cegonhas 8th
Catarina Miranda - Para sorrir não preciso de nada 2nd
Joana Barra Vaz - Anda estragar-me os planos 7th
David Pessoa - Amor veloz 14th
Minnie & Rhayra - Patati patata 13th
Janeiro - (sem título) 4th
Maria Inês Paris - Bandeira azul 11th
Anabela - Pra Te Dar Abrigo 6th
Cláudia Pascoal - O jardim (Winner)
Peu Madureira - Só por ela 3rd
*Diogo Piçarra withdrew from the competition and was replaced by Susana Travassos. Anabela, one of the finalists, represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993.
The winner of Festival da Canção, Cláudia Pascoal, was decided by a combination of jury and public votes. She got the highest number of televotes and was second in the juries voting, while Catarina Miranda got maximum points from the jury and was ranked second in the televote. In the event of a tie the public vote prevailed, and so Cláudia was declared the winner.
Cláudia Pascoal was moved and moved all those who witnessed the performance of O Jardim (The Garden). The song, written by Isaura, recalls the author's grandmother. Isaura accompanies Claudia Pascoal on stage.
Isaura made her debut in 2014 with Useless a song that was an absolute hit on YouTube. After that, in 2016, she performed in several music festivals, like Rock in Rio Lisboa and NOS Alive. That year, she was also nominated for the “Revelation” award at the Portugal Festival Awards. In 2018, she participated for the first time in Festival da Canção and invited the singer Cláudia Pascoal, a participant in The Voice of Portugal 2017 and singer in the jazz, blues and gypsy band Cláudia Pascoal & M O R H U A.
Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest
Since Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, the country is automatically qualified for the 2018 Grand Final which will take place in Lisbon on Saturday 12th May where Cláudia Pascoal with Isaura will perform O Jardim.