Festival da Canção

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Festival da Canção
Also known asFestival RTP da Canção
GenreSong contest
Presented byList of presenters
Country of originPortugal
Original languagePortuguese
No. of episodes53 editions
Production
Production locationMultiple cities in Portugal (Host cities)
Running time
  • 2 hours (semi-finals)
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (final)
Production companyRádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Release
Original release2 February 1964; 57 years ago (1964-02-02) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website

Festival da Canção or Festival RTP da Canção is the name given to the national festival, produced and broadcast by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) to choose the Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. It was first held in 1964.

History[edit]

Like most pop festivals in isolated countries, it was a very important event for the still incipient music industry of the 1960s and 1970s. Left-wing composers and writers would try to squeeze subversive lyrics in the contest, with great effect. After the 1974 revolution, incidentally code-triggered by that year's winner being played on national radio, Portugal became increasingly open to foreign culture, thus deeming the Festival as a lesser musical event, dominated by below-standard pop songs with little or no impact in the industry, although remaining a popular TV show.

The 1990s saw a recovery of the contest's image, then considered a viable means for a new singer to start a career. Internationally acclaimed Portuguese singers Dulce Pontes and Sara Tavares made their debut in the 1991 and 1994 editions, respectively. Many other unknown performers like Lucia Moniz and Anabela leaped to national stardom after taking the RTP trophy.

After reaching an all-time high 6th place in the 1996 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the festival steadily declined from then on. In 2000, the winner Liana did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, as Portugal had been banned from the 2000 contest after two consecutive poor showings in 1998 and 1999; this would be the second time in the festival's history that the winner did not participate in Eurovision. In 2002, the Festival da Canção was placed on hiatus, contradicting the tradition of staging a Festival da Canção even without participating in that year's Eurovision Song Contest, as happened in 2000 and 1970. Since 2001, the festival saw consecutive changes of format. 2005 saw RTP commissioning a song for Eurovision, rather than organizing some kind of competition.

Since 2006 RTP seemingly settled for a traditional multi-singer, multi-composer competitive format, claiming the memory of older contests and songs. Producers have since been invited to come up with songs, lyrics and singers, and the 2007 result with Sabrina almost making it to the Eurovision final, gave RTP the necessary confidence to maintain the current format. In 2009, an open call for songs was held by RTP, abolishing the invited producers method, with online voting deciding the qualifiers to the televised final from a list of 24 songs, with 12 competing in the live contest.

More changes to the format of the contest were made in 2010. Two semi-finals and a final are now held to select the winner. Foreign composers were once again allowed to compete. Since 2017 different languages are allowed to compete.[1]

The 2020 edition of the festival marked the third time in its history where the winner was unable to participate in Eurovision, as the contest itself would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosts[edit]

Green room presenters[edit]

Year Presenter(s)
2009 Sérgio Mateus
2010
2011 Joana Teles
2012
2014
2015 Jorge Gabriel and Joana Teles
(1st semi-final)
José Carlos Malato and Sílvia Alberto
(2nd semi-final)
Júlio Isidro and Catarina Furtado
(Final)
2017 Filomena Cautela
2018 Inês Lopes Gonçalves
2019
2020
2021

Winners[edit]

Table key
# Winner
Indicates a second place Second place
Indicates a third place Third place
Last place
X
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Song Artist Songwriter(s) Result in Eurovision
1964 "Oração" António Calvário João Nobre, Francisco Nicholson, Rogério Bracinha 13th
1965 "Sol de inverno" Simone de Oliveira Carlos Nóbrega e Sousa, Jerónimo Bragança 13th
1966 "Ele e ela" Madalena Iglésias Carlos Canelhas 13th
1967 "O vento mudou" Eduardo Nascimento Nuno Nazareth Fernandes, João Magalhães Pereira 12th
1968 "Verão" Carlos Mendes Pedro Vaz Osório, José Alberto Diogo 11th
1969 "Desfolhada portuguesa" Simone de Oliveira Nuno Nazareth Fernandes, José Carlos Ary dos Santos 15th
1970 "Onde vais rio que eu canto" Sérgio Borges Carlos Nóbrega e Sousa, Joaquim Pedro Gonçalves Did not enter
1971 "Menina do alto da serra" Tonicha Nuno Nazareth Fernandes, José Carlos Ary dos Santos 9th
1972 "A festa da vida" Carlos Mendes José Calvário, José Niza 7th
1973 "Tourada" Fernando Tordo Fernando Tordo, José Carlos Ary dos Santos 10th
1974 "E depois do adeus" Paulo de Carvalho José Calvário, José Niza 14th
1975 "Madrugada" Duarte Mendes José Luís Tinoco 16th
1976 "Uma flor de verde pinho" Carlos do Carmo José Niza, Manuel Alegre 12th
1977 "Portugal no coração" Os Amigos Fernando Tordo, José Carlos Ary dos Santos 14th
1978 "Dai li dou" Gemini Vítor Mamede, Carlos Quintas 17th
1979 "Sobe, sobe, balão sobe" Manuela Bravo Carlos Nóbrega e Sousa 9th
1980 "Um grande, grande amor" José Cid José Cid 7th
1981 "Playback" Carlos Paião Carlos Paião 18th
1982 "Bem bom" Doce Pedro Brito, Tozé Brito, António Pinho 13th
1983 "Esta balada que te dou" Armando Gama Armando Gama 13th
1984 "Silêncio e tanta gente" Maria Guinot Maria Guinot 11th
1985 "Penso em ti (eu sei)" Adelaide Tozé Brito, Adelaide Ferreira, Luís Fernando 18th
1986 "Não sejas mau para mim" Dora Guilherme Inês, Zé Da Ponte, Luís Manuel de Oliveira Fernandes 14th
1987 "Neste barco à vela" Nevada Alfredo Azinheira, Jorge Mendes 18th
1988 "Voltarei" Dora José Niza, José Calvário 18th
1989 "Conquistador" Da Vinci Ricardo, Pedro Luís 16th
1990 "Sempre, há sempre alguém" Nucha Luís Filipe, Ian van Dijck, Frederico Pereira, Francisco Pereira 20th
1991 "Lusitana paixão" Dulce Pontes Jorge Quintela, José Da Ponte, Fred Micaelo 8th
1992 "Amor d'água fresca" Dina Ondina Veloso, Rosa Lobato de Faria 17th
1993 "A cidade (até ser dia)" Anabela Paulo de Carvalho, Marco Quelhas, Pedro Abrantes 10th
1994 "Chamar a música" Sara Tavares João Mota Oliveira, Rosa Lobato de Faria 8th
1995 "Baunilha e chocolate" Tó Cruz António Vitorino d'Almeida, Rosa Lobato de Faria 21st
1996 "O meu coração não tem cor" Lúcia Moniz Pedro Osório, José Fanha 6th
1997 "Antes do adeus" Célia Lawson Rosa Lobato de Faria, Thilo Krassman 24th
1998 "Se eu te pudesse abraçar" Alma Lusa José Cid 12th
1999 "Como tudo começou" Rui Bandeira Jorge do Carmo, Tó Andrade 21st
2000 "Sonhos mágicos" Liana (female singer) Gerardo Rodrigues, Maria da Conceição Norte Did not enter
2001 "Só sei ser feliz assim" MTM Marco Quelhas 17th
2003 "Deixa-me sonhar" Rita Guerra Paulo Martins 22nd
2004 "Foi magia" Sofia Vitória Paulo Neves 15th: SF
2006 "Coisas de nada" Nonstop José Manuel Afonso, Elvis Veiguinha 19th: SF
2007 "Dança comigo" Sabrina Emanuel, Tó Maria Vinhas 11th: SF
2008 "Senhora do mar" Vânia Fernandes Andrej Babić, Carlos Coelho 13th
2009 "Todas as ruas do amor" Flor-de-Lis Paulo Pereira, Pedro Marques 15th
2010 "Há dias assim" Filipa Azevedo Augusto Madureira 18th
2011 "A luta é alegria" Homens da Luta Jel 18th: SF
2012 "Vida minha" Filipa Sousa Andrej Babić, Carlos Coelho 13th: SF
2014 "Quero ser tua" Suzy Emanuel 11th: SF
2015 "Há um mar que nos separa" Leonor Andrade Miguel Gameiro 14th: SF
2017 "Amar pelos dois" Salvador Sobral Luísa Sobral 1st
2018 "O jardim" Cláudia Pascoal Isaura 26th
2019 "Telemóveis" Conan Osíris Conan Osíris 14th: SF
2020 "Medo de sentir" Elisa Marta Carvalho Contest cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 "Love Is on My Side" The Black Mamba Tatanka

Venues[edit]

Final[edit]

Total City Venues (years)
44 Lisbon Lumiar Studios (1964-1968)
Teatro São Luiz (1969, 1972, 1980, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998)
Cinema Monumental (1970, 1979)
Cinema Tivoli (1971, 1995)
Teatro Maria Matos (1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982)
RTP Television Center (1976, 1977, 1986, 1988, 2005, 2012, 2015, 2021)
Teatro Villaret (1978)
Auditório Europa (1984)
Coliseu dos Recreios (1985, 1997, 2017)
Feira Internacional de Lisboa (1991, 2006)
Teatro Politeama (1996)
Sala Tejo do Pavilhão Atlântico (1999, 2000, 2007)
Teatro Camões (2008, 2009, 2011)
Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno (2010)
Convento do Beato (2014)
1 Porto Coliseu do Porto (1983)
1 Funchal Casino Park Funchal (1987)
1 Évora Teatro Garcia de Resende (1989)
1 Estoril Casino Estoril (1990)
1 Santa Maria da Feira Europarque (2001)
1 Venda do Pinheiro Endemol Studios (2003)
1 Mem Martins Endemol Studios (2004)
1 Guimarães Multiusos de Guimarães (2018)
1 Portimão Portimão Arena (2019)
1 Elvas Coliseu Comendador Rondão Almeida (2020)

Venues (since 2017)[edit]

City Venue Year
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Lisbon RTP Television Center SF SF SF SF SF
F
Coliseu dos Recreios F
Guimarães Multiusos de Guimarães F
Portimão Portimão Arena F
Elvas Coliseu Comendador Rondão Almeida F

Key: SF = Semi-final; F = Final

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Costa, Nelson (2009-11-19). "Foreigners can compete in 'Festival da Canção'". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2009-11-19.

External links[edit]

Media related to Festival RTP da Canção at Wikimedia Commons