Earlier today, RTP and Antena 1 revealed the names of the jury members for the semi-finals of this year’s edition of Festival Da Canção, which begins in two days’ time in Lisbon.
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As you can see, there are a few familiar faces on the panel. The full seven-strong panel, who will provide half the votes this coming Saturday and Monday, will consist of:
- Dulce Pontes (winner of FDC 1991 and 8th at Eurovision in Rome with Lusitana paixão)
- Dino D’Santiago (Morna, Batuku and Funaná artist and songwriter)
- Surma (jazz singer, real name Débora Umbelino)
- Teresa Salgueiro (lead singer of Fado duo Madredeus)
- Pedro Granger (British-Portuguese actor and MC of press conferences at Eurovision 2018)
- Miguel Cadete (Senior Editor of Expresso and Blitz news sites)
- Tatanka (lead singer of The Black Mamba, winner of FDC 2021 and 12th at Eurovision 2021 with Love Is On My Side)
The first semi-final will kick off at 22:00 CET (21:00 UTC) on Saturday 5th March, and will be hosted by Jorge Gabriel and Sónia Araújo, and includes such fan favourites as Aurea, Maro and Fado Bicha.
The second will start at the same time and will see Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and José Carlos Malato take hosting duties, with Inês Homem de Melo, Syro, Blacci and Pongo & Tristany, among others, taking to the stage. Ten of the 20 songs will qualify for the final the following Saturday, with the winner getting Portugal’s ticket to Turin.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at FDC 2022? Let us know in the comments and on social media, and don’t forget to vote for your favourites in our POLL!
- Aurea - Why? 22%, 243 votes243 votes 22%243 votes - 22% of all votes
- Norton - Hope 18%, 199 votes199 votes 18%199 votes - 18% of all votes
- Os Quatro E Meia - Amanhã 15%, 165 votes165 votes 15%165 votes - 15% of all votes
- Maro - Saudade, saudade 12%, 132 votes132 votes 12%132 votes - 12% of all votes
- Fado Bicha - Povo pequenino 10%, 109 votes109 votes 10%109 votes - 10% of all votes
- FF - Como é bom esperar alguém 8%, 89 votes89 votes 8%89 votes - 8% of all votes
- Diana Castro - Ginger Ale 6%, 70 votes70 votes 6%70 votes - 6% of all votes
- TheMisterDriver - Calisun 3%, 38 votes38 votes 3%38 votes - 3% of all votes
- Kumpania Algazarra - A minha praia 3%, 34 votes34 votes 3%34 votes - 3% of all votes
- Valas & Os Astronautas - Odisseia 2%, 23 votes23 votes 2%23 votes - 2% of all votes
- SYRO - Ainda nos temos 21%, 284 votes284 votes 21%284 votes - 21% of all votes
- Blacci - Mar no fim 19%, 257 votes257 votes 19%257 votes - 19% of all votes
- Pongo e Tristany - Dégrá.dê 17%, 230 votes230 votes 17%230 votes - 17% of all votes
- Inês Homem de Melo - Fome de viagem 12%, 157 votes157 votes 12%157 votes - 12% of all votes
- Oz Azeitonas - Solta a voz e canta 7%, 92 votes92 votes 7%92 votes - 7% of all votes
- Pepperoni Passion - Código 30 6%, 83 votes83 votes 6%83 votes - 6% of all votes
- Milhanas - Corpo de mulher 6%, 79 votes79 votes 6%79 votes - 6% of all votes
- Jonas - Pontas soltas 6%, 78 votes78 votes 6%78 votes - 6% of all votes
- Cubita - Uma mensagem tua 3%, 41 vote41 vote 3%41 vote - 3% of all votes
- O Vampiro Sumbarino - Ao lado de mim 2%, 30 votes30 votes 2%30 votes - 2% of all votes