Sixteen artists and songs are competing in Portuguese television’s Festival da Cancao, which will result in the country’s 2019 Eurovision candidate.
Portuguese national broadcasting company RTP released the songs that are in the running to represent Portugal at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on Monday (Jan. 21), posting them for listening on Instagram and YouTube.
The winning song will be chosen from one of 16 contenders competing in RTP’s own “Festival da Cancao” (song contest). Two live televised semi-finals, taking place on Feb. 16 and 23, will each feature the performances of eight candidates. At the Grand Final on March 2, Eurovision’s Portuguese contestant will be chosen from among four remaining candidates.
When this year’s contest was announced, RTP representatives responded to criticism about a lack of difference among the chosen artists and songs, and promised “greater diversity” and “new music styles” for the current field of semi-finalists.