Cláudia Pascoal and April Ivy among the selected composers

Portugal is close to finding its number for Eurovision 2023. Broadcaster RTP has now revealed the 20 composers who were chosen write a song for the country’s national final, Cancao Festival 2023.

The lineup was revealed during a TV show To Nossa Tarde. Among the 20 passed the Eurovision and Cancao Festival stars.

Composers of the Festival da Canção 2023

  • Andre Henriques
  • April ivy
  • Bandua
  • Barbara Tinoco
  • Churky
  • Claudia Pascoal
  • Dapunksporty
  • Edmundo Inácio (public submission)
  • Inês Apenas (public submission)
  • Ivanandro
  • Hyacinth
  • Mimicat (public submission)
  • MOYAH (public submission)
  • NEOH SOHO
  • Quim Albergaria
  • SALT
  • Teresinha Landeiro
  • The happy mess
  • Voodoo Marmalade (public submission)
  • You Can’t Win Charlie Brown

Eurovision fans will know that Cláudia Pascoal was Portugal’s home starter when the country hosted the contest in 2018. She won Cancao Festival with “O Jardim”, composed by Isaura. However, it is now Cláudia’s turn to be the one writing the music.

Bárbara Tinoco is also no stranger to Cancao Festivalhaving finished second in 2020. She performed “Master key“, which was written by Tiago Nacarato. Thus, Bárbara will also have the chance to show off her songwriting skills.

It is up to the composers to decide whether they wish to perform their own song at Cancao Festival, or if they would like someone else to be upfront and sing. Therefore, there is still a chance that we will see both Cláudia Pascoal and Bárbara Tinoco return to the Cancao Festival arrange.

RTP initially predicted by directly inviting 16 composers to participate. The other four would be chosen through the public song submission portal, where 667 songs were submitted.

However, one of the artists invited by RTP unfortunately had to withdraw following a personal accident. Instead, the Portuguese broadcaster filled its space with an additional fifth entry from the public submissions.

Festival da Canção 2023: Dates

RTP has also revealed all the dates you’ll need for your schedule.

We will be able to hear all 20 songs for the first time on January 19. It will also reveal who is singing each entry.

The semi-finals are scheduled for February 25 and March 4. Then on March 11, the grand final will take place and we will finally know who will represent Portugal at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.

Are you excited about the composers selected for Cancao Festival 2023? Do you hope to see Cláudia Pascoal and Bárbara Tinoco return to the competition? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below.

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