Portugal’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Finalists Announced: Listen

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Sixteen artists and songs are competing in Portuguese tv’s Festival da Cancao, which is able to end result within the nation’s 2019 Eurovision candidate.

Portuguese nationwide broadcasting firm RTP launched the songs which can be within the operating to characterize Portugal on the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on Monday (Jan. 21), posting them for listening on Instagram and YouTube.

The profitable music might be chosen from considered one of 16 contenders competing in RTP’s personal “Festival da Cancao” (music contest). Two dwell televised semi-finals, going down on Feb. 16 and 23, will every function the performances of eight candidates. At the Grand Final on March 2, Eurovision’s Portuguese contestant might be chosen from amongst 4 remaining candidates.

When this 12 months’s contest was introduced, RTP representatives responded to criticism a couple of lack of distinction among the many chosen artists and songs, and promised “larger variety” and “new music kinds” for the present area of semi-finalists.

The songs have been culled from about 200 submissions in a contest that was open to the Portuguese public. Judging by YouTube performs, Portugal’s entrance runner thus far is Conan Osiris, whose music “Telemóveis,” which he composed and produced on his pc, and has been performed 193,000 instances thus far.

The music of Osiris — the alter-ego of Lisbon native Tiago Miranda — embodies variety with a mixture of kinds and sounds together with fado, hip hop, techno, rock, kuduro and Bollywood and Arabic musical influences. Osiris has shortly turn into a sensation in Portugal because the launch of his 2017 self-produced album Adoro Bolos. While his music may stand out as a progressive distinction to the standard Eurovision fare, Osiris’ music has been hailed as a calling card for Portugal’s cultural combine, and been described because the sound of freedom.

Portugal’s Salvador Sabral beforehand gained the 2017 version of Eurovision with the music “Amar Pelos Dois."

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is about to happen in May in Tel Aviv.

Listen to the playlist of Portuguese contenders here.