Portugal: Five galas to choose the best Portuguese Eurovision entry

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RTP will broadcast a total of five galas during the month of February to decide upon the ultimate Portuguese entry in the country's Eurovision Song Contest history. The final will have the top 12 songs and will be held on 25th February.

The four galas will have 11 songs each and the top 3 will proceed to the final. They will be aired on RTP every Sunday in February. The songs will not be shown chronologicaly but in random order. The hostess will be Sílvia Alberto who revealed to the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias that some of her favourite songs are Não sejas mau para mim, Conquistador and Amor de água fresca.

This show will revive the entire history of Festival da Canção which started in 1964. That year António Calvário and the song Oração represented Portugal for the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest. The only year that the national final did not take place was in 2002 when RTP declined the invitation by the EBU. Latvia was next in line and ended up winning the contest for the first time.

In 1970, Portugal decided to withdraw, joining the protest of other countries but nevertheless a national final was organised and the winner was Onde vais rio que eu canto by Sérgio Borges. In 2000, Portugal was unable to take part in the Stockholm contest due to low scoring in the previous years. Liana and the song Sonhos Mágicos were the winner of Festival da Canção 2000.

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