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Portuguese fans: They are already on board

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a long wait for the Portuguese fans until Salvador Sobral got the Eurovision victory. For the first time, Lisbon will receive the event and the moment for what all the Portuguese fans expected is getting closer and closer. Four eurovision portuguese fans from all over the country shared with us how they are living the moment and they give you some tips while visiting Lisbon!


Iva Seixas (33) is a designer from the Island of Madeira and she began to live the moment when Portugal won last year: "I was very happy as I could watch Eurovision Live in my own country". Her biggest adventure related to Eurovision started with the purchase of tickets. For those who do not belong to any Eurovision fan organization, the only way to get tickets was through the official website with huge virtual queues. Luckily for Portuguese fans, it was possible to go to physical stores where even then, the queues were huge. In the first wave of sales the electronic system failed on stores and the tickets sold out quickly, which made took some to wake up early to obtain tickets in the following sales.


Iva: "it will be the best musical show I will ever see"


Now the expectations are high. For Iva, "it will be the best musical show I will ever see, certainly the most unforgettable of all." André Godinho (38 ) , a museum educator, remembers Eurovision since Sandra Kim won and for him to attend this year for the first time will make him very happy: "I think it may be one of the best shows in recent years with so much of Portugal on stage, to have Ana Moura and Mariza, a toast to Europe with our Fado and to have the presence of Caetano Veloso singing with Salvador."


Just like the other fans we talked to, Marco Lopes (38 ) remembers Eurovision since he was a child. This Psychologist from the Algarve (on the South coast) will return to Eurovision after 8 years. "I think I'm going to be very anxious and supportive of whoever is behind the event, because I want it to go well for the best. When the Eurovision hymn echoes in the Altice Arena I will enter into a healthy tachycardia of contentment." Perhaps the same feeling that Sofia Carvalho (24) felt when Portugal won: "The pride was even more because of Salvador's song. Sofia is "that kind of fan who likes to sing and get to know the songs, no matter the country" and Eurovision songs accompany her at various times: "The essence of Eurovision is in creating songs for that show and all are unique."


Marco: "I want it to go well for the best."


Salvador Sobral is very important to have won and the fans have lived with him a special year too. As André says, "Remembering the victory is always a great emotion, like seeing Salvador Sobral's concert at the Cultural Centre of Belém or the day we knew he had a new heart to beat." Sobral's song, which brought so much joy and pride to these fans, fits in with Marco's idea: "I continue to look at Eurovision as the possibility to hear and see very different proposals, such as a parade of very different genres and styles, trying to contradict the idea of an exclusively pop and "festivaleiro". Festivaleiro is the Portuguese word to describe (negatively in some cases) the genre of Eurovision songs. "To shelve the concept is to reduce it." - Marco says.


Sofia:  "The essence of Eurovision is in creating songs for that show and all are unique."



Marco admits his life changed after the first Eurovision in 2010 because he met new people and made friends from different countries, highlighting the Portuguese he met and the opportunities that arose. For example, when he participated as organizer of Eurovision Live Concert in Setúbal. This event takes place every year in the second week of September, 40 km far from Lisbon, with many former Eurovision artists participating. Marco recalls the episode he lived with his 3-door car before transporting the Dutch artist Joan Franka (2012) from the Lisbon Airport to Setúbal. He washed the car in a hurry so the artist felt comfortable but the concern was whether the "Indian feathers" would fit in the car. After all, the apprehension was futile because Joan was very nice and humble. André says that his life has gained another color with Eurovision: "making friendship with other fans; making and keeping contact with singers, composers, authors and musicians, whether Portuguese or foreigners." Eurovision creates these opportunities since the artists tend to be very accessible and being close to them and to other fans is an advantage for the contest fans. This is what Iva will enjoy to do: "to socialize, dance and sing in Eurovillage and other places. Take advantage of the week to be closer to this great party."



André: "I think it may be one of the best shows in recent years".


André, who will receive the event in his city, advises "to know both the noble side of the city and the most typical neighborhoods and also some emblematic buildings such as the Jeronimos Monastery or the Tower of Belém, which differ by their styles and symbology." Marco, for whom the city is familiar, recommends getting to know the city at different levels: cultural, gastronomic, landscape, architectural and social. "Do not just stare at the Parque das Nações because you can loose the opportunity to know a fabulous capital, with fantastic places and hospitable people. "To his friends, Marco says, "once Eurovision is in Portugal, it will return one day, because it is a country that tends to gather consensus and a lot of people will want it to happen here again."


André

  • Favourite song: Mercy (France)
  • Who will win ?: France
  • Favourite song ever: Why me (Ireland)
  • Favourite country at ESC: Italy

Iva

  • Favourite song: That's how you write a song (Norway)
  • Who will win ?: Israel
  • Favourite song ever: Fairytale (Norway)
  • Favourite country at ESC: Greece

Marco 

  • Favourite song: Mercy (France)
  • Who will win ?: Bulgaria
  • Favourite song ever: Frauen regier'n die Welt (Germany)and Love Injected (Latvia)
  • Favourite country at ESC: maybe Bulgaria 

Sofia

  • Favourite song: Bones (Bulgaria)
  • Who will win ?: Norway
  • Favourite song ever: Euphoria (Sweden)
  • Favourite country at ESC: Sweden or Italy


The history of Portugal: A celebration day in Lisbon

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 25, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

April is not just the beginning month of Eurovision in Lisbon! Days before the delegations arrived, a day was celebrated today in Portugal, a day that everyone celebrated for the 44th time - the end of the dictatorship that haunted the country for dozens of years.

It was in 1974 when the Portuguese song was heard on the radio, in this year's Eurovision Song Contest song "E depois do adeus". Contrary to Salvador Sobral's song that will always be marked by Eurovision victory, the song by Paulo de Carvalho, which was not successful in the contest, was forever marked as the signal that caused the troops to go out to fight against the regime.

Throughout the country the day is celebrated and Lisbon also went out with carnations to celebrate Freedom! The "revolution of the carnations" as it became known, where the flowers were exchanged for bullets! People with flowers marched the principal avenue of Lisbon, the flowers that this year are the Garden of Claudia Pascoal!


Order of Merit for Salvador and Luísa

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 23, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The President of the Republic today decorated the musicians Luísa and Salvador Sobral with the degree of commendation of the Order of Merit for the "singular success" they achieved last year with the victory of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa made this gesture at the end of the ceremony for the presentation of the 2017 Personality of the Year Award to Luísa and Salvador Sobral by the Association of the Foreign Press in Portugal (AIEP), at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.


The head of state referred to the victory of the song "Amar pelos dois", composed by Luísa Sobral and interpreted by his brother, Salvador Sobral, in the final of  Eurovision , on May 13 of last year, as a "singular success "which could not fail to deserve a distinction.

"Almost a year from now, there is already the distance that was lacking in the swirl of facts and feelings that were then dominant," said the President of the Republic, adding: "This is the appropriate moment to announce the award with the Order of Merit attributed on behalf of Portugal".

The President is well known by the selfies he tooks with the population in general. This is the selfie that was missing for the recognition of the portuguese victory!

source and picture: wort.lu/contacto


Lisbon is ready!

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In 16 days, the final of Eurovision will take place in Lisbon but the eurovision week will start one week before, with delegations arriving everyday. 

In one week, the first rehearsals will take place.

Now that we know everything about the locations of the Euroclub, Eurocaffé and Eurovillage, Lisbon is getting ready to welcome the event with signs of eurovision in every corner. 

The surroundings of the Altice Arena and Press centre are covered by signs of "All Aboard" but from the Oriente Station to the main avenues (Liberdade, Picoas, Saldanha, Downtown, ...) the references to Eurovision are happening everyday. The city is ready! The country is ready!

And you are all Welcome!


Ola Melzig: This year is treacherous

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ola Melzig arrived from Sweden to Lisbon, 9 months ago to work in Eurovision as director of technical production. 

In a interview to the portuguese media Diario de Noticias he left very good impressions about the work of the portuguese staff in a country he didn't know very well, since he brought with him an espresso machine: "It was before knowing the great nation of coffee that Portugal is".

About the portuguese people he says: Maybe they are not the best people to show up at a meeting time (laughs).They are very friendly and open, generous. When we started, Carla Bugalho (Portuguese head of delegation) said: "We are Atlantic, not Mediterranean. They will see that there is a difference." And there is. The delivery of work is very accurate. We received exactly what we asked for. They are very proud of the country. In love. If they like, they involve 110%.

Ola predicted the winner last year and about this time he says: "This year is treacherous. Israel stands out, the singer is very cool, has a lot of attitude, but if she does not perform at the same level, another ten may appear. It's too early to tell. Overall, there are very good songs."


source: DN