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The Black Mamba slide towards Rotterdam

07 March 2021 at 01:44 CET
The Black Mamba won Festival da Canção 2021 RTP
The Black Mamba have been crowned champions of Festival da Canção and will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with 'Love Is On My Side'.

Hoping to discover another Amar Pelos Dois, the coastal nation concluded their search for a 2021 entry on Saturday evening, during a grand final broadcast live from Lisbon.

Both Carolina Deslandes and The Black Mamba finished on equal points with the largest public vote acting as the tie-breaker.

This is the first time Portugal has sent an entry to Eurovision entirely sung in English.

More to follow...

The grand final results:

  • Karetus & Romeu Bairos - Saudade (10pts)
  • Joana Alegre - Joana do Mar (9pts)
  • Fábia Maia - Dia Lindo (3pts)
  • Valéria - Na Mais Profunda Saudade (10pts)
  • Carolina Deslandes - Por Um Triz (20pts)
  • NEEV - Dancing in The Stars (17pts)
  • Pedro Gonçalves - Não Vou Ficar (5pts)
  • Sara Afonso - Contramão (13pts)
  • The Black Mamba - Love Is On My Side (20pts) ⭐️

Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal joined the Eurovision family in 1964 and went a record-breaking 48 appearances in the Contest without a win until 2017 when Salvador Sobral swapped that unwanted record for a much more desirable one: Portugal are now the proud owners of the ‘most points scored’ at any single Eurovision… 758!

Can The Black Mamba top that tally? Can anyone!?