Portuguese websites call for changes to Portugal's 2016 Eurovision selection
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.
- ESC Portugal (Eurovision website)
- JanelaESC (Eurovision website)
- Crónicas de Eurofestivals (Eurovision website)
- A Televisão (Television and culture)
- Espalha-Factos (Television and culture)
- Propagandista Social (Television and culture)
- Eurovision Portugal (Facebook Page)
- Eurovision – A Portuguese view (Facebook page)
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.