There are two semi-finals and a final show to choose the participant of Portugal in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. They all take place this week.
Tonight it was time for the first six songs in the first semi-final:
Hosted by Joana Teles and Jorge Gabriel. Qualifiers in bold:
Rita Seidi - Lisboa, Lisboa (Sara Tavares / Kalaf Epalanga)
Leonor Andrade - Há um Mar que nos Separa (Miguel Gameiro)
Filipa Baptista - A Noite Inteira (Augusto Madureira)
Yola Dinis - Outra Vez Primavera (Nuno Feist / Nuno Marques da Silva)
Gonçalo Tavares - Tu Tens uma Mágica (Gonçalo Tavares / José Cid)
Adelaide Ferreira - Paz (Adelaide Ferreira)
Songs number 2 and number 4 were chosen by televote while song number 5 was a jury choice. The jury is made up of by the composers participating tonight.
The second semi-final will be held next Thursday and the final on Saturday 7th of March.
Gonçalo Tavares participated in Festival da Canção for the 1st time in 2010. He returned again as a singer and a composer.
Nuno Feist participated as a singer for the 1st time in 1985 with his brother in a duet (Nuno & Henrique). Over the last editions of Festival da Canção, he has been participating as a composer, with Nuno Marques da Silva being the author of the lyrics. This year they invited the fado singer Yola Dinis to perform their song.
Adelaide Ferreira (pictured below) is the winner of Festival da Canção in 1985, and went to Gothenburg with the song Penso em ti, Eu sei; she returned as composer and sang her own song.
Augusto Madureira was the winning composer of Festival da canção 2010, with Há Dias Assim sung by Filipa Azevedo. He returned with another Filipa (Baptista).
Miguel Gameiro is a famous singer and leader of a pop group “Pólo Norte”. His first participation as a composer was in 2010, but this time he chose as a singer the beautiful Leonor Andrade, from The Voice of Portugal.
Sara Tavares won Festival da Canção in 1994, singing Chamar a Música; she returned as a composer and invited the young Rita Seidi, from The Voice of Portugal to sing her song.
Portugal was represented last year by Suzy and the song Quero Ser Tua. This year the Iberian country participates in the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Thursday the 21st of May.