The very last National Final show to air in the 2022 season is the final of Portugal’s Festival da Canção, where 10 acts who qualified from the 2 semi-finals compete for that ticket to Turin.
Portugal were rather successful in 2021, finishing 12th with “Love Is On My Side” by The Black Mamba. Can any of the 10 FdC finalists this year better that? In this article, we preview the acts competing, in their pre-determined running order.
Pongo & Tristany – ‘Dégrá.dê’
In a move reminiscent of Eurovision itself between 2016 and 2018, Pongo and Tristany have the honour of opening the grand final, having closed the second semi final last Monday. Will Angolan-born Pongo and hip-hop artist Tristany translate opening the show into a good result with “Dégrá.dê”?
Syro – ‘Ainda nos temos’
The so called “death slot” has been given to Syro with “Ainda nos temos”. Syro also qualified from semi-final 2 on Monday night. Syro used to be a drummer in the band Caelum – can he drum up enough support to upset the running order and win from the notoriously difficult slot number 2?
Milhanas – ‘Corpo de mulher’
Another qualifier from Monday night’s semi, it appears “Corpo de mulher” is Milhanas’ debut release. The songwriter, Agir, does have some notable award wins in Portugal – but will this be enough to pull a surprise win in the final?
Inês Homem de Melo – “Fome de viagem”
Despite being a psychiatric practitioner by day, Inês has also attended a music conservatory. Like Milhanas, it appears that Inês has not released any singles before her FdC entry, “Fome de viagem”. Could she spring a surprise in tonight’s final and become Portugal’s Eurovision representative this year?
Aurea – “Why?”
In contrast, Aurea is one of the most – if not, the most – established artists competing in this final, having first topped the Portuguese music charts in 2008. Several singles, albums, and MTV awards later, could her song “Why?” be the song to get Portugal to the Eurovision final once more? It could be one to watch out for!
Os Quatro e Meia – “Amanhã”
Os Quatro e Meia are also well established, having gone viral back in 2013. They have also released successful albums prior to their participation here. Despite this previous success, they had to come through the Open Call for submissions. It remains to be seen whether this previous success will see them win the final.
FF – “Como é bom esperar alguém”
FF has also found previous success, having appeared on the Portuguese version of Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2012, finishing 2nd. He later released singles such as A Minha Luz in 2014. Can he go one better than his Your Face Sounds Familiar result, and win the ticket to Turin with “Como é bom esperar alguém”?
Diana Castro – “Ginger Ale”
Another runner-up on a previous talent show, Diana Castro finished 2nd in The Voice Portugal in 2018. She will therefore also be hoping to make that slight leap from 2nd to 1st with “Ginger Ale”, which is in her native Portuguese, despite the English title.
Maro – “Saudade, Saudade”
After releasing 6 self-produced projects in 2018 alone, Maro received international acclaim from the likes of Justin Timberlake. With her feet currently firmly on her home Portuguese soil, can she take out the title tonight with the song “Saudade, saudade”?
Pepperoni Passion – “Código 30”
With their name inspired by a pizza ordered during a jam session, the band Pepperoni Passion also appear to mark their debut release with their FdC entry, Código 30. While their name may inspire people to order from a certain pizza chain, will the song gather enough votes to go to the home of pizza itself in May? We shall see.
The final of Festival da Canção airs tonight at 10pm CET, where a combination of jury votes from 7 different Portuguese regions and televoting will decide which of these 10 acts represent Portugal in Turin this May!
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