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After one year of absence, Portugal will be competing again in the Eurovision Song contest. The Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) will organise the national final Festival da Canção 2017 in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

The format of the competition will consist of three shows: two semi-finals on 19 and 26 February 2017 and the final on 5 March 2017. The competition will feature sixteen competing songs written by composers who RTP invited for the competition.

The results will be decided by 50% televoting and 50% jury votes. The jury will be made of people chosen by RTP during the semifinals and regional juries all over Portugal and its islands during the final. In case of a tie in the semifinals, the entries with the higher amount of points from the jury will advance to the final. In case of a tie in the final, the televoting will decide.

Clearly keen to get back to the Eurovision final, the broadcaster invited some of the country’s top composers to write songs. Two of the composers — Márcia and Celina da Piedade — have decided to write songs for themselves.

In the first semifinal, on February 19, will be Márcia, Samuel Uria, Nuno Feist, Rita Redshoes, Héber Marques, Pedro Saraiva, Luísa Sobral and Nuno Gonçalves while in the 2nd semifinal, on 26 February will be in competition Tóli César Machado, Pedro Silva Martins, Jorge Fernando, João Pedro Coimbra, João Só, Celina da Piedade, Nuno Figueiredo and Noiserv.

The three former winners of “The Voice of Portugal” are confirmed: Fernando Daniel (The Voice Portugal 4 winner), Deolinda Kinzimba (The Voice 3 winner) and Rui Drumond (The Voice 2 winner) will be competing to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Rui Drumond is repeating the experience: he was the Portuguese representative back in 2005 as member of the duo 2B.

Pedro Gonçalves, runner-up of The Voice Portugal 4, is also confirmed as one of the national semifinalists, as well as Lena d’ Agua, popular singer in the 80’s presently far away from the music scene.

Salvador Sobral will sing a song composed by his sister, Luísa Sobral, and despite his age, he has a lot of experience as a participant of a talent show, like the Portuguese version of American Idol.

The Trio’s singer, Kika Cardoso also won the second edition of X-Factor in Portugal. She has a powerful voice and really can do a great job in this competition, as she’s already proven with her most recent singles.

Lisa Grade, Márcia and Golden Slumbers aren’t really known in Portugal as they haven’t participated yet in any talent shows. However, it is known that Lisa will sing a pop song in English. Márcia will sing something composed by herself, and Golden Slumbers is the name of a musical duo composed by sisters, who will sing in Portuguese.

Participating since 1964, Portugal still has got to win the Eurovision Song Contest, reaching its best placing, 6th, in 1996.

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