Elisa qualifies for Portuguese final, early elimination for “alien rock band” Blasted

Top favorite Elisa has qualified for the Grand Final of Festival da Cancao in Portugal. Her sensitive piano ballad “Medo de sentir” was among the 4 songs that reached enough points to go through.

Another stand-out participant, the rock band Blasted where the members are dressed as aliens, did not qualify for the final.

About Portugal’s Eurovision preselection

For the third consecutive year, the competition has no language restrictions. Each semi-final will feature eight songs from which four will advance to the final. Results during the semi-finals will be determined by the sum of the votes from a jury (50%) and televote (50%).

Line-up Festival da Cancao semi final 1 (qualifiers in bold):

1. MEERA – “Copo de gin”
2. Filipe Sambado – “Gerbera amarela do Sul”
3. Ian Mucznik – “O dia de amanhã”
4. Bárbara Tinoco – “Passe-Partout”
5. Blasted – “Rebellion”
6. Elisa – “Medo de sentir”
7. JJaZZ – “Agora”
8. Throes + The Shine – “Movimento”