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ESC Reporter | January 19, 2018

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Portuguese websites call for changes to Portugal's 2016 Eurovision selection

Portuguese websites call for changes to Portugal’s 2016 Eurovision selection
Emma Kiernan

This year, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Portugal failed to reach the Eurovision final once again.

Portugal has not reached the Eurovision final since 2010 and several people are of the opinion that this is due to the Portuguese selection format, Festival da Canção.


A collaborative effort

Now, several Portuguese websites and pages relating to Eurovision, and television and culture, are trying to change the Portuguese selection format.

The websites and pages are calling for the Portuguese fans to send in their opinions on what the Portuguese selection format for Eurovision 2016 should be, from who the artists should be, to what language the Portuguese entry should be in. They will later send the opinions of the fans to Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, in the hopes that they will take the comments on board and make some changes to their 2016 selection format.

The websites who have collaborated in order to organize this are listed below.


800 answers so far

So far, just under 800 people have answered the request and sent in their opinions. Anyone interested in doing the same have until June 15 and can do so here.

Portugal has been using Festival da Canção as their selection format since 2006. Since then, Portugal has qualified for the final three times (2008, 2009, 2010). Portugal has never sent a song sung completely in English to Eurovision. Their highest ever placing at Eurovision was 6th place in 1996. They have finished last three times, on their debut in 1964, in 1974, and in 1997.


Leonor Andrade represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song “Há um mar que nos separa.” She placed 14th in semi-final 2 with 15 points.


  • Deven O’Kearney

    It shows Portugal’s will to finally win Eurovision after 50 years of virtually consistent failure.

  • Nuno Pestana

    One suggestion: Don’t participate. It’s useless.

  • Oscar Magalhaens

    Every other European country has consistently shown to have no interest in our culture. It’s not that our entries are -that- bad, it’s that not only are others simply not interested in hearing our language or national themes, but we also lack a voting block to back us up.

    Why we continue wasting taxpayer money on this useless popularity contest pandering to Europe instead of paying our debt will forever bewilder me.

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