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The Iberian country of Portugal made their first appearance on the Eurovision stage in 1964. Their first year was particularly unsuccessful, joining the Nul Points club with the song Oração.

The country boycotted the 1970 Contest due to the four-way tie of the previous year. In 1974, Portugal sent E depois do adeus to Brighton. This song sparked the Carnation Revolution against the Estado Novo. Since then, the country finished on the middle-to-lower end of the scoreboard with top ten placements in 1979, 1980, 1991, 1994, and 1996.

Once again, Portugal went home empty-handed with Antes do adeus - their second Nul Points result. The country was relegated from the 2000 and 2002 Contests due to a low average score. During the start of the semi-final era, Portugal qualified just three out of five times before withdrawing in 2013. After non-qualifications in 2014 and 2015, RTP decided to withdraw from 2016 due to "restructuring" at the broadcaster.

However, Portugal found victory with Salvador Sobral singing Amar pelos dois, a song written by Sobral's sister. Not only did Portugal win both the jury and the televote, they overtook Jamala's previous points record, scoring 758 points.

Portugal has used the Portuguese language in all of their entries, as it is a requirement of Festival da Canção. They have also won the fan-made Barbara Dex Award once, with their 2006 contestants Nonstop.

Gallery

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1964 António Calvário Oração Portuguese 13 0 No Semi Finals
1965 Simone de Oliveira Sol de inverno 13 1
1966 Madalena Iglésias Ele e ela 13 6
1967 Eduardo Nascimento O vento mudou 12 3
1968 Carlos Mendes Verão 11 5
1969 Simone de Oliveira Desfolhada portuguesa 15 4
1970 Did not participate
1971 Tonicha Menina do alto da serra Portuguese 9 83 No Semi Finals
1972 Carlos Mendes A festa da vida 7 90
1973 Fernando Tordo Tourada 10 80
1974 Paulo de Carvalho E depois do adeus 14 3
1975 Duarte Mendes Madrugada 16 16
1976 Carlos do Carmo Uma flor de verde pinho 12 24
1977 Os Amigos Portugal no coração 14 18
1978 Gemini Dai li dou 17 5
1979 Manuela Bravo Sobe, sobe, balão sobe 9 64
1980 José Cid Um grande, grande amor 7 71
1981 Carlos Paião Playback 18 9
1982 Doce Bem bom 13 32
1983 Armando Gama Esta balada que te dou 13 33
1984 Maria Guinot Silêncio e tanta gente 11 38
1985 Adelaide Ferreira Penso em ti (eu sei) 18 9
1986 Dora Não sejas mau para mim 14 28
1987 Nevada Neste barco à vela 18 15
1988 Dora Voltarei 18 5
1989 Da Vinci Conquistador 16 39
1990 Nucha Há sempre alguém 20 9
1991 Dulce Pontes Lusitana paixão 8 62
1992 Dina Amor d'água fresca 17 26
1993 Anabela Braz Pires A cidade (até ser dia) 10 60 Kvalifikacja za Millstreet
1994 Sara Tavares Chamar a música 8 73 No Semi Finals
1995 Tó Cruz Baunilha e chocolate 21 5
1996 Lúcia Moniz O meu coração não tem cor 6 92 18 32
1997 Célia Lawson Antes do adeus 24 0 No Semi Finals
1998 Alma Lusa Se eu te pudesse abraçar 12 36
1999 Rui Bandeira Como tudo começou 21 12
2000 Relegated from participation
2001 MTM Só sei ser feliz assim Portuguese 17 18 No Semi Final
2002 Relegated from participation
2003 Rita Guerra Deixa-me sonhar (só mais uma vez) Portuguese, English 22 13 No Semi Final
2004 Sofia Vitória Foi magia Portuguese -- 15 38
2005 2B Amar Portuguese, English 17 51
2006 Nonstop Coisas de nada (Gonna Make You Dance) 19 26
2007 Sabrina Dança comigo Portuguese, English, French, Spanish 11 88
2008 Vânia Fernandes Senhora do mar Portuguese 13 69 2 120
2009 Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amor 15 57 8 70
2010 Filipa Azevedo Há dias assim 18 43 4 89
2011 Homens da Luta A luta é alegria -- 18 22
2012 Filipa Sousa Vida minha 13 39
2013 Did not participate
2014 Suzy Quero ser tua Portuguese -- 11 39
2015 Leonor Andrade Há um mar que nos separa -- 14 19
2016 Did not participate
2017 Salvador Sobral Amar pelos dois Portuguese 1 758 1 370
2018 Host of 2018

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