Portugal has qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Final in Turin, Italy on Tuesday night with Maro’s “Saudade, Saudade”. Mariana Secca, also known as Maro, will perform in the Grand Final’s first half on Saturday, May 14. Her song “Saudade, Saudade” is an indie-pop track released via Universal music that peaked in the top 5 in the charts in Portugal and reflects missing someone that has passed. She was accompanied by the voices of Beatriz Fonseca, Beatriz Pessoa, Carolina Leite, Diana Castro and Milhanas.
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The following countries also qualified for the final in yesterday’s first semi-final: Armenia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Iceland, Lithuania, Greece, and Moldova. The seven acts that did not qualify were Albania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, and Austria.
The first semi-final result was determined through a combination of jury and televoters, the latter of which took place during the live broadcast of the show. Those of the 17 countries participating in the first semi-final plus France and Italy were allowed to vote. The detailed results with the voting points will be revealed after the Grand Final on Saturday.
The second semi-final happens on Thursday where 18 other countries will compete for a spot in Saturday’s final. This includes Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.
The Grand Final will include 10 winners from each semi-final and the “big five” who automatically qualify: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest once in 2017, with Salvador Sobral’s song
Amar Pelos Dois”. The first time Portugal participated in Eurovision was in 1964, missing five editions in 1970, 2000, 2002, 2013, and 2016.
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