RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster has confirmed to esctoday.com that Portugal will select its 2014 Eurovision entry via a national selection- Festival Da Cançao consisting of 1 semi-final scheduled to be held on 8 March and a final scheduled to be held on 15 March.
RTP has revealed to esctoday.com that 10 songs will compete in the semi-final on 8 March, the top 5 entries after a public televoting deliberation will proceed to the final. A total of 5 entries will compete in the 2014 Festival Da Cançao final on 15 March. The 2014 Portuguese Eurovision entry and representative will be selected via a 100% televoting deliberation.
RTP will be inviting a total of 10 composers to compete at the 2014 Festival Da Cançao. Each composer will submit his/her own respective entry and will be resposible to select the singer for the competition, along with RTP’s approval.
Portugal will be back at the Eurovision Song Contest this year after missing out in 2013 due to financial reasons. Last November RTP confirmed to esctoday.com that Portugal would return to the contest in 2014.
Portugal has been competing at the Eurovision Song Contest for 48 years having contributed a total of 45 entries, having missed out on participating in 1970, 2000, 2002 and 2013.
Portugal debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 with Antonio Calvario, and is yet to win the event. Portugal’s best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest has been a 6th placing in 1996 with Lucia Moniz‘s O meu coraçao nao tem cor.
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