The countdown to the Eurovision Song Contest has entered its final two weeks, with this year’s competition due to start in Vienna on Tuesday week. Naturally, that means our yearly look at each of the countries’ entries is now in the home stretch. Today we’re setting sail for Portugal.
The Portuguese don’t have a strong Eurovision history, sadly. They’ve not got anywhere near the top ten in almost 20 years, have never won and have never placed in the top five. One reason for this could be the fact they insist on fielding songs performed in their native tongue which, while admirable, probably isn’t doing their chances much good.
Vocalist Leonor Andrade found fame as a contestant on her country’s version of ‘The Voice’ and finds herself amongst the throng of countries competing in the second of the semi finals. The song, ‘Há um Mar que nos Separa’ (‘There’s A Sea That Separates Us’) is a mid-tempo pop song that while catchy, is hardly outstanding. Combined with the fact that it’s in a language that most of Europe will be unable to understand and we don’t think this will be Portugal’s year. Not by a long shot. Quatre points.