Vânia Fernandes to represent Portugal!

Portugal has decided, and the country will send Vânia Fernandes to Belgrade where she will sing her song Senhora do mar. Festival da Canção 2008 included 10 entries and televoters decided who was going to be this year's Portuguese participant in the Eurovision Song Contest. After all of the 10 songs were performed, the entrants sang various Eurovision Song Contest songs in a medley such as Hallelujah (1979), My Number One (2006) and Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (1988). 

After the interval act, last year's Portuguese participant Sabrina came on stage for an interview, and a video from her experiences in Helsinki last year was shown. It was also Sabrina who had to open the three envelopes containing the names of the entrants who had gotten most televotes. After the announcement of the three songs, Sabrina had received a last envelope containing Vânia Fernandes' name.

The line-up for the final was as follows:

  1. Marco Rodrigues - Em água e sal
  2. Carluz Belo - Vavaleiro da manhã
  3. Big Hit - Por ti Portugal
  4. Joana Melo - Porto de encontro
  5. Vânia Fernandes - Senhora do mar
  6. Vanessa - Do outro lado da vida
  7. Ricardo Soler - Canção pop
  8. Alex Smith - Obrigatório ter
  9. Tucha - O poder da mensagem
  10. Blá Blá Blá - Magicantasticamente

The result

The top three entrants were:

  1. Vânia Fernandes - Senhora do mar 
  2. Alex Smith - Obrigatório ter
  3. Marco Rodrigues - Em água e sal

On 22nd of May, Vânia Fernandes will perform her song in the second Semi-Final at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. 

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