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Portugal
Portugal
Member station RTP
National selection events Festival da Canção
Appearances
Appearances 43
First appearance 1964
Best result 6th: 1996
Worst result Last: 1964, 1974, 1997
External links
RTP page
Portugal's page at Eurovision.tv
Sofia Vitória at Istanbul (2004)
2B at Kiev (2005)
Sabrina at Helsinki (2007)
Vânia Fernandes at Belgrade (2008)

Portugal has entered the Eurovision Song Contest 43 times. Portugal has missed only 3 contests since the country's debut in 1964.

Portugal's debut entry was António Calvário with "Oração", however it was not a successful debut for the country, with Calvário coming last in the contest. Since then Portugal has come last another two times, in 1974 when Paulo de Carvalho sang "E depois do adeus" and in 1997 when Célia Lawson performed "Antes do adeus". Despite its last place finish in the contest, "E depois do adeus" has since gained notability for being one of the two signals to begin the Carnation Revolution against the Estado Novo regime in the country.

Portugal has never won the contest, being the longest country in the contest without a win. Their best place was at the 1996 contest, when Lúcia Moniz came sixth for Portugal with the song "O meu coração não tem cor". As such, Portugal has never finished in the top five of any contest.

Since semi-finals were introduced into the contest in 2004 Portugal could not proceed from the semi-final from 2004 to 2007, achieving a best place of 11th place at Helsinki, 3 points away from qualifying. However, in 2008, Vânia Fernandes became the first Portuguese artist to qualify to the final when she came second with "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)". In the final she came 13th with 69 points, Portugal's best place since 1998. Portugal again qualified to the final in 2009, represented by Flor-de-Lis with "Todas as ruas do amor", where Portugal eventually finished 15th with 57 points.

The contest is broadcast in Portugal by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP).

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Absences

Portugal has been absent from three contests since their first participation. The country's first absence was in 1970 where Portugal, along with four other countries, boycotted the contest due to the result of the previous year, when four countries were announced the winner.[1]

Portugal missed the 2000 contest due to their poor average results over the past five years. Despite being eligible to enter the 2002 contest, RTP declined to enter, and was replaced by eventual winner Latvia.[2]

Festival da Canção

Festival da Canção (sometimes referred to as "Festival RTP da Canção") is the Portuguese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and is normally held in February/March of the year of the contest. It is one of the longest-running Eurovision selection methods. Previously a number of regional juries selected the winner, however recently the winner has been selected through televoting.

Despite Portugal being absent from the contest on three occasions, the Festival da Canção has mostly gone on regardlessly. In 1970, when Portugal boycotted the contest, Festival da Canção 1970 went on ahead, the same occurring in 2000. The only time that Festival da Canção has not been held was in 2002.

Contestants

Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
1964 António Calvário "Oração" 13 0
1965 Simone de Oliveira "Sol de inverno" 13 1
1966 Madalena Iglésias "Ele e ela" 13 6
1967 Eduardo Nascimento "O vento mudou" 12 3
1968 Carlos Mendes "Verão" 11 5
1969 Simone de Oliveira "Desfolhada portuguesa" 15 4
1971 Tonicha "Menina do alto da serra" 9 83
1972 Carlos Mendes "A festa da vida" 7 90
1973 Fernando Tordo "Tourada" 10 80
1974 Paulo de Carvalho "E depois do adeus" 14 3
1975 Duarte Mendes "Madrugada" 16 16
1976 Carlos do Carmo "Uma flor de verde pinho" 12 24
1977 Os Amigos "Portugal no coração" 14 18
1978 Gemini "Dai li dou" 17 5
1979 Manuela Bravo "Sobe, sobe, balão sobe" 9 64
1980 José Cid "Um grande, grande amor" 7 71
1981 Carlos Paião "Playback" 18 9
1982 Doce "Bem bom" 13 32
1983 Armando Gama "Esta balada que te dou" 13 33
1984 Maria Guinot "Silêncio e tanta gente" 11 38
1985 Adelaide Ferreira "Penso em ti, eu sei" 18 9
1986 Dora "Não sejas mau para mim" 14 28
1987 Nevada "Neste barco à vela" 18 15
1988 Dora "Voltarei" 18 5
1989 Da Vinci "Conquistador" 16 39
1990 Nucha "Há sempre alguém" 20 9
1991 Dulce Pontes "Lusitana paixão" 8 62
1992 Dina "Amor d'água fresca" 17 26
1993 Anabela "A cidade (até ser dia)" 10 60
1994 Sara Tavares "Chamar a música" 8 73
1995 Tó Cruz "Baunilha e chocolate" 21 5
1996 Lúcia Moniz "O meu coração não tem cor" 6 92
1997 Célia Lawson "Antes do adeus" 24 0
1998 Alma Lusa "Se eu te pudesse abraçar" 12 36
1999 Rui Bandeira "Como tudo começou" 21 12
2001 MTM "Só sei ser feliz assim" 17 18
2003 Rita Guerra "Deixa-me sonhar" 22 13
2004 Sofia Vitória "Foi magia" X X 15 38
2005 2B "Amar" X X 17 51
2006 Nonstop "Coisas de nada" X X 19 26
2007 Sabrina "Dança comigo" X X 11 88
2008 Vânia Fernandes "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" 13 69 2 120
2009 Flor-de-Lis "Todas as ruas do amor" 15 57 8 70
2010

Voting history (1975-2009)

Portugal has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  United Kingdom 153
2  Germany 146
3  Italy 142
4  Spain 114
5  Israel 113

Portugal has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  France 128
2  Spain 111
3  Switzerland 61
4  Netherlands 52
5  Luxembourg 51

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

References

  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2002-11-29). "EBU confirmed: Portugal resigns, Latvia is in". ESCToday. http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/121. Retrieved 2009-02-28.  
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