Despite the country confirming its withdrawal only a matter of days ago, Portugal’s national broadcaster, RTP, can still negotiate with the EBU on the current status for the upcoming Contest, which is fast approaching. They are looking for a way that Portugal can still take part, but also that it won’t affect the national budget that much.
Furthermore, the same inside source has said that the broadcaster still has time to remain its current position or reverse the decision and choose to participate. Although, RTP will have until the 15th of December to make its mind up.
Portugal is the longest participating country that hasn’t won the Contest, or even reach the top five positions, with their best position being 6th place in 1996. But the country has had more than their fair share of bad results, coming in last place three times, and in the last two years, Portugal hasn’t even reached the final, coming in 18th place and 13th place respectively.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Portugal? And how do you think they’ll do?