In Portugal the national final is called “Festival da Canção” and it has two semi-finals and a Grand Final, which takes place tonight. Out of 693 songs 20 have made it into the competition, in each semi-final five song qualified for the final. There is 50% televoting and 50% jury voting in the semi-finals and in the final. The quality of the songs has increased a lot and the credibility of the contest has increased. The favourite of this year is The Black Mamba with “Love Is On My Side”, a very contemporary and cool song, which will have good chances internationally as well.
The hosts of the Grand Final are Filomena Cautela and Vasco Pamleirim. Filomena has already been co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon 2018. The event will take place in the RTP studio 1 in Lisbon without live audience in the studio.
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