The Portuguese national broadcaster RTP, has confirmed the country participation at Eurovision 2021.
The broadcaster will continue to use the mechanism of the traditional music festival “Festival Da Cançao 2021″ in order to choose an artist and a song for Eurovision 2021.
Portugal should have been represented by the singer Elisa at Eurovision 2020, after the singer had won the national final with the song “Medo De Sentir”
The singer has already stated that she wouldn’t compete in the national final for Eurovision 2021.
The broadcaster published today the full regulation for participation in “Festival Da Cançao 2021″:
1. In February and March 2021, RTP will hold the 55th edition of the Song Festival (Festival da Canção 2021), to determine the song that will represent us at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
2. The 2021 Song Festival will consist of two semi-finals and a Grand Final,
3. 20 songs will be include in the festival. In each semi-final, 10 artists will compete for 5 spots in the final.
4. The results of each show will be determined by 50% expert jury and 50% public voting.
5. In the Semifinals, the result of the televoting vote will be found by converting the calls into points, that is, the song with the highest number of calls will receive 12 points, the second highest number of calls receives 10 points, the third highest number receives 8 points. From the fourth most voted song to the tenth, they will receive, respectively and in this order, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points.
6. The result of the jury’s vote will be found by converting the total votes into points, that is, the song that has the most votes from the jury members will receive 12 points, the one with the second highest vote receives 10 points, the one with the third highest vote receives 8 points. From the fourth most voted song to the tenth, they will receive, respectively and in this order, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points.
7. RTP invites 18 authors from various musical areas to, solo or together with other authors of lyrics and music, present an original and unpublished song, with a maximum duration of 3 minutes.
8. RTP will select the remaining two authors through the free submission of songs to the contest. All citizens of Portuguese nationality or residing in Portugal can compete for these places, whether or not they have published works, including, but not limited to, Portuguese people living outside Portugal, as well as citizens of other nationalities residing in Portugal.
9. A jury specially created by RTP for the purpose and which will include personalities of recognized merit in the scope of music, music production, radio and television, whose composition will be later disclosed, will select these two songs until the deadline of 30 November 2020.
10. The deadline for submitting a song is the 25th of November 2020.
11. It is not mandatory that the songs are interpreted in Portuguese.
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