Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Portugal
National selection
Selection processFestival da Canção 2022
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
5 March 2022
7 March 2022
Final:
12 March 2022
Selected entrantMaro
Selected song"Saudade, saudade"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Maro
  • John Blanda
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (4th, 208 points)
Final result9th, 207 points
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Portugal participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with "Saudade, saudade" performed by Maro. The national broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) selected the Portuguese entry to the contest through the national selection Festival da Canção, which consisted of two semi-finals and a final that were held in March 2022.

Portugal was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 10, "Saudade, saudade" was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, Portugal placed 9th with 207 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 4th in the semi-final with 208 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Portugal has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-two times since its first entry in 1964.[1] Since semi-finals were introduced into the contest in 2004, Portugal has failed to reach the final eight times. Portugal held the record for the most appearances in the contest without a win until 2017 when they won in Kyiv, Ukraine with Salvador Sobral's entry "Amar pelos dois". In 2021, Portugal was represented by the Black Mamba with the song "Love Is on My Side". The country managed to qualify to the final, ultimately ending in twelfth place with 153 points.

Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) broadcasts the contest in Portugal and organises the selection process for its entry. Portugal has most commonly selected their entry through the national final Festival da Canção except between 2003 and 2005 when the broadcaster used internal selections and the talent competition Operação triunfo to select their entry. In September 2021, RTP confirmed its participation in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest and confirmed its usual selection method for the event.[2]

Before Eurovision

Festival da Canção 2022

Festival da Canção 2022 was the 56th edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that traditionally selects Portugal's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Format

The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final. On 8 September 2021, upon confirming its participation at Eurovision, RTP opened its selection process for the twenty competing entries in Festival da Canção, articulated as follows:

  • sixteen musical authors were invited to each compose a song, indicating a performer for it, and to send a provisional version thereof by 31 October 2021;
  • free submissions were opened to Portuguese citizens or residents of Portugal to submit their songs by 21 October 2021; four of these would be selected by a professional jury within 10 days after the deadline;
  • all selected entrants are required to present RTP with a final version of their entry by 30 November 2021.[2]

For the sixth consecutive year, the broadcaster abolished the language restrictions, so that artists may submit songs in any language(s), even without Portuguese.[2] On 25 October 2021, RTP declared to have received more than 600 applications.[3] The selected composers were revealed on 4 November 2021, while the competing artists and songs were revealed on 21 January 2022.[4][5]

Artist Song Songwriter(s) Selection
Aurea "Why?" Aurea, Rui Massena Invited by RTP
Os Azeitonas "Solta a voz e canta" Os Azeitonas, Mário Brandão, João Salcedo
Blacci "Mar no fim" Blacci, Edu Monteiro, Hits Mike, Liam Cole, Gonzalo, Iolanda, Stego
Cubita "Uma mensagem tua" Cubita, Scardini
Diana Castro "Ginger Ale" Joana Espadinha
Fado Bicha "Povo pequenino" Fado Bicha, João Caçador, Lila Tiago
FF "Como é bom esperar alguém" FF
Inês Homem de Melo "Fome de viagem" Pedro Marques, Galileu Granito Open call winner
Jonas "Pontas soltas" Fábia Rebordão Invited by RTP
Kumpania Algazarra [pt] "A minha praia" Kumpania Algazarra [pt], Luís Barrocas, Francisco Amorim
Maro "Saudade, saudade" Maro, John Blanda
Milhanas "Corpo de mulher" Agir
Norton "Hope" Norton
Pepperoni Passion "Código 30" Pepperoni Passion, António Santos, Pedro Ferreira, João Reis Open call winner
Pongo and Tristany "Dégrá.dê" DJ Marfox, Pongo, Tristany Invited by RTP
Os Quatro e Meia "Amanhã" Tiago Nogueira Open call winner
Syro "Ainda nos temos" Syro, Ariel, Gonzalo Tau Invited by RTP
TheMisterDriver "Calisun" TheMisterDriver Open call winner
Valas and Os Astronautas "Odisseia" Valas, Os Astronautas Invited by RTP
O Vampiro Submarino "Ao lado de mim" PZ

Semi-finals

The semi-finals took place on 5 and 7 March 2022 at RTP's Studio 1 in Lisbon. Each semi-final had ten entries compete, of which five advanced to the final from each show. The results were determined by a 50/50 combination of two votes: one from a jury made up of music professionals and one from a public televoting; each of these assigned 12 points to the highest placed contestant, 10 to the second, 8 to the third, and then 7 to 1 to the remaining (a system also in place at the Eurovision Song Contest itself). The sum of the two rankings determined the qualifying acts, with the jury score taking precedence in the event of a tie in the fifth place.[2] The jury panel that voted in the semi-finals consisted of Dulce Pontes, Dino D'Santiago, Surma, Teresa Salgueiro, Pedro Granger, Miguel Cadete, and Tatanka.[6]

Rita Redshoes, previous Eurovision entrants for Portugal The Black Mamba and 2022 Spanish representative Chanel performed as guests.[7]

Semi-final 1 – 5 March 2022[8]
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Os Quatro e Meia "Amanhã" 6 12 18 2
2 TheMisterDriver "Calisun" 1 1 2 10
3 Diana Castro "Ginger Ale" 10 4 14 4
4 FF "Como é bom esperar alguém" 8 8 16 3
5 Norton "Hope" 2 5 7 7
6 Aurea "Why?" 7 7 14 5
7 Kumpania Algazarra "A minha praia" 3 2 5 9
8 Maro "Saudade, saudade" 12 10 22 1
9 Valas and Os Astronautas "Odisseia" 4 3 7 8
10 Fado Bicha "Povo pequenino" 5 6 11 6
Semi-final 2 – 7 March 2022[8]
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Os Azeitonas "Solta a voz e canta" 5 4 9 7
2 Cubita "Uma mensagem tua" 1 1 2 10
3 Inês Homem de Melo "Fome de viagem" 7 12 19 2
4 Syro "Ainda nos temos" 4 10 14 4
5 Pepperoni Passion "Código 30" 8 5 13 5
6 Milhanas "Corpo de mulher" 12 8 20 1
7 O Vampiro Submarino "Ao lado de mim" 2 2 4 9
8 Jonas "Pontas soltas" 6 7 13 6
9 Blacci "Mar no fim" 3 3 6 8
10 Pongo and Tristany "Dégrá.dê" 10 6 16 3

Final

The final took place on 12 March 2022 at RTP's Studio 1 in Lisbon, and was hosted by Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim [pt]. The ten finalists were judged by means of a televoting and a jury composed of representatives from the seven statistical regions of Portugal (Lisbon, North, Central, Alentejo, Algarve, Madeira and the Azores). Their rankings, drafted and combined using the same system adopted for the semi-finals, determined the Portuguese representative for Eurovision; the televoting score would have taken precedence in the event of a tie in the first place.[2]

Final – 12 March 2022[9]
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points
1 Pongo and Tristany "Dégrá.dê" 42 7 3 10 6
2 Syro "Ainda nos temos" 27 3 6 9 9
3 Milhanas "Corpo de mulher" 52 8 2 10 7
4 Inês Homem de Melo "Fome de viagem" 24 2 7 9 8
5 Aurea "Why?" 40 6 5 11 5
6 Os Quatro e Meia "Amanhã" 36 4 10 14 2
7 FF "Como é bom esperar alguém" 40 6 8 14 3
8 Diana Castro "Ginger Ale" 53 10 4 14 4
9 Maro "Saudade, saudade" 73 12 12 24 1
10 Pepperoni Passion "Código 30" 19 1 1 2 10
Detailed regional jury votes
Draw Song North Central Lisbon Area Alentejo Algarve Madeira Azores Total
1 "Dégrá.dê" 8 7 8 4 4 1 10 42
2 "Ainda nos temos" 2 4 6 3 8 3 1 27
3 "Corpo de mulher" 5 10 7 8 7 10 5 52
4 "Fome de viagem" 3 1 4 7 1 4 4 24
5 "Why?" 7 6 2 6 12 5 2 40
6 "Amanhã" 10 3 5 2 6 7 3 36
7 "Como é bom esperar alguém" 4 8 1 12 3 6 6 40
8 "Ginger Ale" 6 5 12 10 5 8 7 53
9 "Saudade, saudade" 12 12 10 5 10 12 12 73
10 "Código 30" 1 2 3 1 2 2 8 19
Regional jury members:[10]
  • North: Joana Brandão, André Tentugal, and Jorge Romão
  • Central: Gomo, mema., and Jacinta
  • Lisbon Area: Mariana Norton, Joana Alegre, and Miguel Ângelo
  • Alentejo: Duarte, Paulo Ribeiro, and Jéssica Pina
  • Algarve: Diana Silveira, Paulo Silva, and Pete Tha Zouk
  • Madeira: Tiago Sena Silva, Catarina Faria, and Elisa Silva
  • Azores: Eugénia Contente, Herberto Quaresma, and Romeu Bairos

Ratings

Viewing figures by show
Show Date Viewing figures Ref.
Nominal Share
Semi-final 1 5 March 2022 548,000 12.7% [11]
Semi-final 2 7 March 2022 409,000 9.6% [12]
Final 12 March 2022 638,000 16.0% [13]

At Eurovision

Genoa was the location of Maro's postcard.
A video postcard introduced Maro's performance in the first semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in the Italian city of Genoa
and featured virtual projections of Maro across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Portugal was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[14]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Portugal was set to perform in position 10, following the entry from the Moldova and before the entry from Croatia.[15] Immediately after the close of the first semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. Portugal was drawn into the first half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to perform in position number 3, following the entry from Romania and before the entry from Finland.

In Portugal, all shows were broadcast on RTP1, RTP Internacional and RTP África, with commentary by Nuno Galopim.[16][17][18][19] The Portuguese spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Portuguese jury during the final, was Pedro Tatanka, who previously represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 as a part of The Black Mamba.

Semi-final

Maro took part in technical rehearsals on 1 and 5 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Portuguese performance featured Maro and five backing singers encircled around a smoke-floored stage with intricate patterns in the background. The five backing vocalists were Diana Castro, Milhanas, Carolina Leite, Beatriz Fonseca and Beatriz Pessoa.[20][21]

At the end of the show, Portugal was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the second consecutive qualification to the final for Portugal. It was later revealed that Maro placed fourth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 208 points: 87 points from the televoting and 121 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Portugal was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Iceland was subsequently placed to perform in position 3, following the entry from Romania and before the entry from Finland.

Maro once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. She performed a repeat of her semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Portugal placed ninth in the final, scoring 207 points: 36 points from the televoting and 171 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Portugal during the first semi-final and final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[22] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[23][24] The Portuguese jury consisted of Cláudia Pascoal, who represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Joana Espadinha, Paulo Castelo, Pedro Granger, and Rita Guerra, who represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003.[23][24] In the first semi-final, Portugal finished in fourth place out of seventeen entries, marking Portugal's second consecutive qualification to the grand final. The first semi-final of the contest saw Portugal receive twelve points from Croatia (jury) and Switzerland (televoting). Over the course of the contest, Portugal awarded its 12 points to Latvia (jury) and Ukraine (televote) in the first semi-final and Spain (jury) and Ukraine (televote) in the final.[25][26]

Points awarded to Portugal

Points awarded by Portugal

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Portuguese jury:[23][24]

Detailed voting results from Portugal (Semi-final 1)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Albania 16 16 16 12 12 16 14
02  Latvia 3 1 2 5 1 1 12 12
03  Lithuania 4 10 12 2 2 5 6 5 6
04   Switzerland 8 2 8 14 6 7 4 11
05  Slovenia 9 15 9 13 15 14 13
06  Ukraine 12 3 1 8 5 4 7 1 12
07  Bulgaria 11 13 13 16 16 15 16
08  Netherlands 2 6 5 4 7 3 8 3 8
09  Moldova 14 4 14 15 8 10 1 2 10
10  Portugal
11  Croatia 10 11 7 10 14 13 10 1
12  Denmark 6 14 11 9 11 12 8 3
13  Austria 15 12 15 3 13 11 15
14  Iceland 1 5 10 1 3 2 10 9 2
15  Greece 5 9 3 6 4 6 5 7 4
16  Norway 13 8 4 11 10 9 2 4 7
17  Armenia 7 7 6 7 9 8 3 6 5
Detailed voting results from Portugal (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 17 7 16 19 11 16 22
02  Romania 24 19 23 17 13 23 13
03  Portugal
04  Finland 23 22 20 12 21 24 16
05   Switzerland 9 23 10 3 12 9 2 17
06  France 18 16 11 23 16 19 19
07  Norway 16 18 19 9 4 13 9 2
08  Armenia 8 6 13 7 15 10 1 15
09  Italy 15 8 21 20 8 15 8 3
10  Spain 6 1 2 4 2 1 12 2 10
11  Netherlands 1 3 8 10 7 4 7 7 4
12  Ukraine 12 12 6 1 1 3 8 1 12
13  Germany 22 10 24 18 24 21 14
14  Lithuania 4 4 1 16 14 6 5 10 1
15  Azerbaijan 7 11 9 21 19 14 24
16  Belgium 11 21 12 22 22 18 20
17  Greece 5 14 7 8 5 7 4 18
18  Iceland 3 2 5 6 20 5 6 23
19  Moldova 20 17 14 2 17 11 3 8
20  Sweden 10 5 15 15 9 12 4 7
21  Australia 21 15 22 13 23 22 21
22  United Kingdom 2 13 3 5 3 2 10 5 6
23  Poland 19 24 17 11 10 17 11
24  Serbia 13 9 4 24 6 8 3 6 5
25  Estonia 14 20 18 14 18 20 12

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