RTP has confirmed the dates for the Portuguese pre-selection. It consists of two semi-finals and final. All shows will be broadcast live from RTP studios in Lisbon. The semi-finals take place on the 3rd and 5th of March with the final scheduled for March 7th.
RTP invites 12 composers to take part. The composers will invite artists to perform the songs in the televised shows.
12 songs are divided into two semi-finals with six contestants each. From each show, three qualify for the final which means that there are six finalists. Two qualifiers are chosen by the audience while the third one is chosen by the jury panel. Televoting only will determine the eventual winner of Festival da Canção.