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Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971

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Eurovision Song Contest 1971
Country Portugal
National selection
Selection processFestival da Canção 1971
Selection date(s)11 February 1971
Selected entrantTonicha
Selected song"Menina do alto da serra"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result9th, 83 points
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Portugal was represented by Tonicha, with the song "Menina do alto da serra", at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in Dublin. "Menina do alto da serra" was chosen as the Portuguese entry at the Grande Prémio TV da Canção Portuguesa on 11 February.

Before Eurovision

Festival da Canção 1971

The Grande Prémio TV da Canção Portuguesa 1971 was held at the Cinema Tivoli [pt] in Lisbon, hosted by Ana Maria Lucas and Henrique Mendes. Nine songs took part in the final. Jorge Costa Pinto conducted all the songs.[1] The results were determined by a distrital jury, composed by three members, each had 5 votes to be distributed among the songs it intended to award, making a total of 15 votes per district.[2]

Grande Prémio TV da Canção Portuguesa - 11 February 1971
Draw Artist Song Votes Place
1 Daphne "Verde pino" 5 7
2 Tonicha "Menina do alto da serra" 103 1
3 Intróito "Palavras abertas" 13 5
4 Efe 5 "Rosa, roseira" 6 6
5 Hugo Maia de Loureiro "Crónica de um dia" 26 4
6 Paulo de Carvalho "Flor sem tempo" 69 2
7 Lenita Gentil "Anda ver o sol" 2 9
8 Fernando Tordo "Cavalo à solta" 42 3
9 Duarte Mendes "Adolescente" 4 8
Detailed Distrital Jury Votes
Draw Song Aveiro Beja Braga Bragança Castelo
Coimbra Évora Faro Guarda Leiria Lisbon Portalegre Porto Santarém Setúbal Viana
do Castelo
Viseu Total
1 "Verde pino" 3 1 1 5
2 "Menina do alto da serra" 11 7 1 9 2 1 6 1 12 4 10 5 8 8 3 2 3 10 103
3 "Palavras abertas" 1 1 5 1 1 1 3 13
4 "Rosa, roseira" 5 1 6
5 "Crónica de um dia" 3 12 1 4 1 2 3 26
6 "Flor sem tempo" 1 3 9 5 5 2 6 2 4 2 2 2 3 5 11 6 1 69
7 "Anda ver o sol" 2 2
8 "Cavalo à solta" 3 4 5 3 1 2 6 3 4 6 2 3 42
9 "Adolescente" 1 2 1 4

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Tonicha performed 15th in the running order, following Netherlands and preceding Yugoslavia.

A new voting system was introduced for the 1971 contest, with two jury members from each country, split into six groups, appearing on screen to award between 1 and 5 points to each song other than that of their own nation. The Portuguese jury members were Pedro Albergaria and Luís Filipe Costa.[3]

At the close of the voting the song had received 83 points, coming 9th in the field of 18 competing countries, at the time Portugal's highest Eurovision finish.[4][5] The orchestra during the Portuguese entry was conducted by Jorge Costa Pinto.[6]



  1. ^ Ficha técnica, letras das canções e as capas dos discos, sempre que os temas concorrentes foram editados.
  2. ^ ESC National Finals database 1971
  3. ^ "A África também vai ver o Grande Prémio da Eurovisão". Diário de Lisboa (in European Portuguese). Mário Soares Foundation. 3 April 1971.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Final of Dublin 1971". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  5. ^ ESC History - Portugal 1971
  6. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2014). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Vol. Two: The 1970s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 142–168. ISBN 978-1-84583-093-9.
  7. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Dublin 1971". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
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Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971
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