RTP, Portuguese national broadcaster has released the rules and regulations for the 2015 Portuguese Eurovision national selection- Festival da Cança0 2015.
The 2015 Portuguese national selection will consist of 3 shows: 2 semi-finals and a grand final scheduled to be held in March, the dates are yet to be confirmed . A total of 12 acts will compete in the national selection. 6 acts will compete in each semifinal, out of which the top 3 (2 acts via televoting+ 1 act via jury deliberation) will proceed to the grand final. A total of 6 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Wien in the final. The final will consist of 2 rounds; during the 1st round 6 acts will peform and the top 3 (2 acts via televoting/ 1 act via jury deliberation) will proceed to the Super Final. During the Super Final 3 acts will compete for the golden ticket to Vienna, and the winner will be determined via 100% televoting deliberation.
Portugal has had the long tradition of selecting its Eurovision representative and entry via its national song contest – Festival da Cançao. RTP has invited 12 Portuguese composers to submit an entry for the competition. Some of the composers have already taken part in the competition previously.
Portugal will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 2 on 21 May in Vienna.
In 2014 Portugal returned to the Eurovision Song Contest after a year’s absence with their annual Eurovision national selection- Festival Da Cancao. Suzy won the 2014 Portuguese Eurovision national final and won the right to fly the Portuguese flag in Copenhagen at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with her entry Quero ser tua. Despite an energetic performance Suzy failed to qualify to the grand final.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21, 23 May in Austria.
Portugal has been competing at the Eurovision Song Contest for 48 years having contributed a total of 46 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.