After more than a month since an internet voting took place at the Portuguese broadcaster (RTP) website, to decide which songs would take part in the final of the 2011 Festival da Canção, they finally held the show to select their entry for Düsseldorf. The following twelve songs were participating tonight (winner in bold):
7 Saias - Embalo Do Coração (Ana Rita Rebello / Páquito C. Braziel)
Carla Moreno - Sobrevivo (Carlos Coelho / Andrej Bábic)
Nuno Norte - São Os Barcos De Lisboa (Carlos Massa)
Rui Andrade - Em Nome Do Amor (Carlos Meireles / Artur Guimarães)
Henrique Feist - Quase A Voar (José Fanha / Nuno Feist)
Wanda Stuart - Chegar À Tua Voz (Paul Teixeira de Sousa)
Tânia Tavares - Se Esse Dia Chegar (Tânia Tavares & Nuno Valério / Gorgi)
Inês Bernardo - Deixa O Meu Lugar (Joana Ferraz / Leonel Monteiro)
Filipa Ruas - Tensão (Filipa Ruas, Pedro Sá, Daniel Nilsson, Henrik Szabo, Johnny Sanchez, Jonas Gladnikoff & Michael Eriksson)
Homens da Luta - Luta É Alegria (Jel / Vasco Duarte)
Axel - Boom Boom Yeah (Axel / José Félix)
Ricardo Sousa - O Mar, O Vento E As Estrelas (Fernando Guerreiro / Carlos Freitas)
So in the end it's Homens da Luta who will wave the flag of Portugal in Germany with the winning song Luta É Alegria. Last year in Oslo, Ha Dias Assim performed by Filipa Azevedo placed 18th in the Final of Europe's favourite TV-show. In Düsseldorf they participate in the first semifinal, on Tuesday the 10th of May.
Portugal has yet to win the competition, their best placing to date being a 6th place thanks to Lucia Moniz's O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.