Live: Portugal decides for Dusseldorf

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Live from Teatro Camoes in Lisbon, Portugal will give the ticket to Dusseldorf to one of the twelve acts competing in Festival da Cancao. The 47th edition of the national selection will decide the country's representative in Eurovision.

The 47th edition of Festival da Canção will be aired tonight live from Lisbon, Portugal. Twelve acts will be competing to represent the country in Eurovision 2011, in Dusseldorf. National broadcaster RTP has decided to broadcast the show online for international viewers.

How to watch
webcast @ RTP

The participants
The internet voting that lasted a week, decided the following participants to compete in the national final.

  1. Sete Saias – Embalo do coração
  2. Carla Moreno – Sobrevivo
  3. Nuno Norte – São os barcos de Lisboa
  4. Rui Andrade – Em nome do amor
  5. Henrique Feist – Quase a voar
  6. Wanda Stuart – Chegar à tua voz
  7. Tânia Tavares – Se esse dia chegar
  8. Inês Bernardo – Deixa o meu lugar
  9. Filipa Ruas – Tensão
  10. Homens da Luta – Luta é alegria
  11. Axel – Boom boom yeah
  12. Ricardo Sousa – O mar, o vento e as estrelas

Live show

The show has started. The presenter Sivlia Alberto welcomes everybody to the 47th edition of Festival da Canção. After a 10 minute break, the show is back to starts properly. The presenter greets the audience who's attending the show from Teatro Camoes. Now it is the time to present the jury who will share the 50% of their votes with the audience. A short video is being aired presenting the 12 competitors tonight.

The competition

1. Sete Saias – Embalo do coração
Sete Saias are now on stage. Dressed in folk outfits. The song is also folk. Along with the two main singers, there are also a drummer, accordion player, bassist and one playing a strange drum. All of them dressed in folk outfits. Strange presences with average vocals. Yet the melody of the song seems interesting.

2. Carla Moreno – Sobrevivo
Carla is on stage. After a long time english words were heard. Carla is dressed in a light blue dress. Mini skirt from the front with tail on the back. The vocal performance doesn't seem to differ from the previous song, though is uptempo and more like 90's. Set us free.

3. Nuno Norte – São os barcos de Lisboa
Nuno Norte on stage with a mid tempo song, a bit atmospheric with lots of "orchestra hits" sounds in between. The vocal performance seems good enough to support the song. The staging includes a metal drummer to a non metal song, a chord instrument, one more accordion player and a guitarist.

Now the presenter reminds the numbers for the audience to vote for their favourite act.

4. Rui Andrade – Em nome do amor
Rui Andrade is the next to come on stage. The song begins dynamicaly with Rui having better vocal performance than the rest song we heard tonight. He's dressed with a grey pants and sugar white jacket and vest with black details. The rest of the stage is empty. The song doesn't seem to have a peak. This song needs a reedit or a remix before it goes to Dusseldorf, only if it is the lucky winner of the ticket to Eurovision.

5. Henrique Feist – Quase a voar
Henrique Feist is preparing to get on stage. One more folk song on stage. This time the singer is dressed in a light brown pants and white shirt. He also takes part to the choerography. The third accordion of the night is accompanying the act.

6. Wanda Stuart – Chegar à tua voz
Wanda Stuart is the next act to appear on stage. From the preview clip we can assume that Wanda is a diva wearing that fur. Eventhough, her stage presence includes no fur but bluwe hair, gold outfit and black leather boots. The staging includes backing vocalists dresses are inspired by the middle age. The vocal performance is much better than the rest already heard.

The hostess presents once again the voting numbers.

7. Tânia Tavares – Se esse dia chegar
Tania Tavers is getting on stage. One classic ballad performed by Tania and her 4 female and one male backing vocalists, all dressed in black. Tania wears a long black dress, like a black wedding dress. Eventhough her vocals are far better than the rest, her face expression seems very angry. Before the end, Tania and the rest female vocalists are sitting in the middle of the stage as the male singer stays in the front right side of it.

8. Inês Bernardo – Deixa o meu lugar
Ines Bernardo gets on stage. A couple of dancers are sitting on a bench on the right side of the stage reading a book. Ines is out of tune wearing a dress reminding Yohanna's outfit from Iceland 2009. A long after the middle of the song, Ines finds her tune. She is also wearing gold and silver bracelets. Her stage acting is very weak and the backing vocalists are them who give style to the song.

9. Filipa Ruas – Tensão
Next to come on stage is Filipa Ruas. At last a 2011 sound on stage. Filipa is dressed with a hot coral red short dress with gold details and gold lines. Her stage act includes a synth player, a bassist and a drummer, along with two female singers/dancers dressed in gold outfits. Vocally she's not that perfect as previous acts, but this uptempo song can really fit on the Dusseldorf stage.

The presenter is presenting the telephone numbers for the audience.

10. Homens da Luta – Luta é alegria
Homens da Luta are getting on the stage. One more folk song with a marching rythm. Carnations presented on the back screen. A soldier, a worker, a flower girl, a housewife and the lead singer dressed in 70's style singing as they are protesting. I won't be surprised if an act like this wins the contest. I forgot to mention that they are holding plates "LUTA e ALEGRIA. Nothing more to say.

11. Axel – Boom boom yeah
Axel is on stage. One more song including the sound of an accordion reveals the surprise of the act, one more accordion player on the right side of the stage. Also a disc jokey is on the left side of the stage. Three backing vocalists holding drums singing along with Axel "Boom boom yeah". Axel is dressed in black and shiny grey suit. Vocaly he is nice though he could do much better.

12. Ricardo Sousa – O mar, o vento e as estrelas
The last competing act of the night is getting on stage. Ricardo Sousa on a mid tempo song. Strings are accompanying the act. The singer is dressed in a black suit with white shirt and white details. Seems to be the most professional act of the night. Vocally and as a total presence.

This concludes the competitive part of the show. A recap of all the participations is being aired at the moment. Now live from the green room, the hostess Joana Teles is transmitting the pulse of the participants in the green room. One more recap of the songs while the televoting is in progress.

After a long break, Sivlia Alberto is back on stage dressed in a red outfit welcoming on stage the Maltese entrant to Dusseldorf, Glen Vella. There is a short interview about his entry. Regarding his stage performance, he said that this will be a secret. Glen performed acapella esctoday a song for the hostess. He also sang One life acapella. Glen Vella wished Good luck to all the participants.

One more recap is aired tonight. The hostess also mentioned that one phone number can give only one vote. The interval act includes a reminding mix of past songs presented on stage in choreography. Begining with Waterloo which turns to a tango version esctoday then to r'n'b. The presentation of other versions of Waterloo don't stop to them, as a plethora of remixes are being aired.

Televoting has now ended. Waiting for the final results.

Before the final results, we're about to watch a short video from last year's participation Filipa Azevedo in Osl. Now on stage Filipa is performing Há dias assim. Filipa Azevedo won the ticket to the Oslo final last year and ended 18th earning only 43 points, while on the semi-final came 4th. Filipa is helping with the televoting results.

The winner thus the representative of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Dusseldorf, is:

Homens da Luta – Luta é alegria

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