Portugal – With next year’s Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Lisbon, national broadcaster RTP has announced that their national selection, Festival da Canção, will take place this year in the city of Guimarães. This year’s winner of Festival da Canção will go straight int the ESC grand final as the host nation’s representative.
This year’s Festival da Canção will see 20 songs chosen and these will battle it out in two semifinals on 18th February 2018 and 25th February 2018. 10 acts will make it through to the grand final. Voting will be 50/50 televote and jury. Multiusos de Guimarães is the venue to host the final on 4th March 2018.
RTP also says that a different city will be chosen each year for four years to ensure Festival da Canção is hosted around the country in future, which is good news for fans of Portugal as it shows a commitment to continuing to particpate in the contest for some time.