Rui Andrade, one of the 5 finalists competing at the 2014 Portuguese Eurovision national final- Festival da Cançao 2014, was invited to attend RTP’s Praça da Alegria Show where he was interviewed and spoke about his potential Eurovision entry Ao teu encontro.
It is the Rui’s 3rd attempt to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest. Rui is a young and up coming star in Portugal enjoying much popularity and fame on home soil. He tried to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2012 placing 3rd on both occasions at the Portuguese national final- Festival da Cançao.
Rui Andrade at Praça da Alegria show aired on RTP 1
Official videoclip Ao teu encontro
A total of 5 finalists will battle for the golden ticket to Copenhagen at the forthcoming Portuguese national final scheduled to be held at the Convento do Beato in Lisbon on 15 March. The 2014 Portuguese entry and representative will be selected via a 100% public televoting deliberation. The show will be aired live on Saturday 15 March on RTP1 and RTP International Europa/Africa at 23:15 CET. The gala will be hosted by Sílvia Alberto and José Carlos Malato.
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.
Stay tuned to esctoday.com for the latest information on Portugal, FDC 2014 and the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.