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 Null 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.