Portugal launches ambitious search for 2017 Eurovision entry
The final of Festival da Canção 2017 will take place on Sunday 5th March. 2017 also marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the broadcaster's first channel, RTP1 which began transmissions in 1957. The national final will include an celebration gala marking this anniversary in the same show on 5th March.
This year RTP invited 16 renowned composers to compose, write and produce the 16 competing songs. The choice of the singer is also their responsibility.
There will be two semi finals with eight songs each, four songs will proceed to the final. The results will be decided by a 50/50 combination of jury and televote. Eight songs will compete in the final in total.
- Semi final 1 - Sunday 19th February, RTP1
- Semi final 2 - Sunday 26th February, RTP1
- Final of Festival da Canção 2017 - Sunday 5th March, RTP1
Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2015.