Portugal – Get the buntings out, RTP will be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary next year by returning to Eurovision. The Portuguese broadcaster has confirmed that Portugal will enter the Song Contest in 2017. In a U-turn the broadcaster has also committed to showing this year’s contest; both semi-finals and the grand final.
Daniel Deusdado, program director of RTP, said the decision was taken after reaching an agreement with the EBU to keep costs down.
Portuguese fans can probably look forward to Festivais da Canção returning next year bigger and better to select the 2017 Portuguese entry.
Portugal has not had any recent success at Eurovision. It failed to qualify in 2011 and 2012, missed 2013, and again failed to qualify 2013 and 2014. Despite this, fans took Suzy (2014) to their hearts and she will be performing at various OGAE events in Stockholm. Their highest ever finish was 6th place way back in 1996 by Lúcia Moniz.