|Posted by Eurovision On Top on March 4, 2018 at 6:15 AM|
Last year before starting the final of the Portuguese national final, Silvia Alberto went live for a production mistake and said "a lot of shit for everyone", an expression that the actors of the theater say before beginning as a synonym of "good luck" . And luck was everything that happened to Portugal in Eurovision last year especially thanks to Sobral.
The national final that nothing new brings in its formula, except a set of invited composers who freely could choose their songs to contest, will happen tonight.
But something changed in the national final and it was the attitude of the public television in the way it treated the event. The publicity increases as well as meaditism around it what makes all the newspapers talk about the Festival. It is expected that the audiences will manifest better than in the semifinals, especially since this is the year Portugal organizes Eurovision. And this is why we talk about this National Final sincewe are not use to do so.
The Festival is out of Lisbon for the first time in 17 years as a clear way to involve everyone in the event for May. Guimarães was the chosen city as a symbol of the city where Portugal was born and because it has a pavilion capable of hosting the event.
After the second semifinal, last Saturday, rumors of plagiarism caused the favorite and possible winner to withdraw from the contest. Diogo Piçarra one of the stars of the moment in the country, that fills concerts and is one of the most listened artists in the radio. His withdrawal from the contest left a void and is that Diogo already had an advance in YouTube views that gave him as a great favorite. The question everyone ask is, who will win the Portugal representation in Lisbon?
Among the participants we have some veterans like Anabela. The girl, now a woman, who represented Portugal in 1993 getting a 10th place. She is not a favorite but can be a surprise. Such as the song that replaced Diogo, "Mensageira". This song is possibly one of the best interpretations and compositions although the melody, not easy and popular, can leave it behind.
Africa is very present in this Festival demonstrating the country's links with its former colonies. By one hand Tito Paris and his niece and on the other Minnie e Rhayra and his Patati Patatá managed to reach the final. But also a representative of the Portuguese diaspora marks his presence. Peter Serrado, the only one who sings in English, and the only one from two in english who made it to the final, comes from Canada.
But who are the favorites?
According to the jury and the votes of the semifinals, we focused on three names.
Cláudia Pascoal will perform "O jardim". She came from the Voice of Portugal and with moderate popularity although she finished second in the second semifinal - she could have been the first if Diogo was not there.
Peu Madureira is probably the most consensual name with her song mix of ballad and Fado. Something that the Portuguese want to see represented in their own country as a mark of their national culture.
The other posible contender might be Sobral protegé "Janeiro". The singer "Janeiro" was chosen by Sobral and although he did not have a great expression next to the vote of the public, the jury gave him 12 points.
Tonight, 7 regions will vote with a 50% weight. The other half will be the televoting. Whatever the outcome, the winner will have on his back the burden of representing his country in his own country, for the first time in the history of Portugal. The song will be memorable forever and its artist with it. And the most important thing for Portugal is that the country is already in the final of Eurovision!