The Black Mamba Wins Festival da Canção after a Tie-break

Festival da Canção reached an exciting conclusion, with the winner decided by a tie-break. A total of 10 acts competed to win the ticket to Rotterdam, with those acts qualifying from the previous two semi-finals.

The line-up was as follows:

  • Karetus & Romeu Bairos – Saudade
  • Joana Alegre – Joana do Mar
  • Fábia Maia – Dia Lindo
  • Valéria – Na Mais Profunda Saudade
  • Carolina Deslandes – Por Um Triz
  • NEEV – Dancing in The Stars
  • Pedro Gonçalves – Não Vou Ficar
  • Sara Afonso – Contramão
  • The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side

The jury votes were revealed first, with the juries awarding the top points to Carolina Deslandes. The Black Mamba were second in the jury vote, followed by Sara Afonso. The televote winner was NEEV, followed by The Black Mamba and Carolina Deslandes. With the points combined, Carolina Deslandes and The Black Mamba were tied on 20 points. The tie-break method was to favour the higher televote score, which meant that The Black Mamba finished out on top with their song Love Is on My Side.

This will be the first time that the Portuguese entry will be completely performed in English. The song was written by Tatanka, the lead singer. Watch the performance below: