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The first day of Lisbon

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 29, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We had already said in previous articles that the city is ready! But not only the city, we had an opportunity to spend the day watching the rehearsals and we could see that everything is operational at this year's Eurovision event!


Perhaps because the next door building  (FIL - Lisbon international fair) was already reserved when Portugal won, it was necessary to install tents around the Portugal Pavilion, where the Press Center is located. These are the main spots we visited:



Press Center - It worked well and it´s operational, but it looks like it might be a bit small! No problem! The organization had already anticipated this and the doors will be opened to another room that will double it's size. Press room for everyone with wireless.

There is a room prior to the press center where the piegon holes are available. Here are available cafes and water and a Visit Portugal stand.



Fan zone - A Go natural brand food can be found there with healthy food! There are seats on couches to watch the events through two screens. There's also a fan desk! The place is nice and comfortable.


Press conferences - The press conference area is quite large with more seats available than you might imagine at first glance since the chairs are snapped together. Although it looks small but is quite long. The presenters (Pedro Penim and Pedro Granger) are well-known fans of Eurovision and while actors are dynamic, good speakers and quite funny.



All the staff are very knowledgeable of the English language, it is obvious that everyone is well trained and the sympathy is immense: from the volunteers to the security agents. Everything is well prepared to welcome and make the fans and the press feel welcome. Just as Portugal knows how to do so well!




Who does our team think will win?

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 28, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are only 5 but we decided to vote just before the rehearsals! Nine songs deserved attention but these 5 were the most voted.

 

France (5/5) - This is the most consensual song of all for us and so it was voted by everyone. We have heard and seen the performance many times and if it is true that we cannot wait much longer on the stage of Altice Arena, the truth is that the melody and lyrics are so good and actual that we think they can win!


Bulgaria (4/5) - The last two years were very good for Bulgaria and last year they put the bar very high. In bettings it's one of the favorites and although we are not sure if Sophia can organize the event, it's a serious candidate.


Israel (4/5) - This song has been the most mediatic of all and there is no one who does not sing it, however, the doubt is if it will please the jury like did with the fans. Will it be out of the Top3 as happened to Italy last year? Is Israel ready for the 4rd time?


Australia (3/5) - Australia has come very close to the Top and this song in the style of "The Greatest Showman" can impress. But so much to win? Will the performance and the singer be at the level of the song?


Estonia (2/5) - Never a opera song was better in Eurovision than the 3rd place. The so-called dress that the singer will use can help make a difference, and so a great performance is expected.

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!


Portuguese Eurovision Books

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Two new books about Eurovision will be soon available, this time at the host country, Portugal and in portuguese language.

"Portugal 12 pts - Festival da Canção" (Âncora), about the portuguese National Final and Eurovision it's written by Jorge Mangorrinha and João Callixto, two researchers about Tourism and Music, respectively.

On the other hand, the first portuguese president of OGAE Portugal, journalist and creative supervisor of Eurovision 2018 will release "Eurovisão - dos ABBA a Salvador Sobral" (Esfera dos Livros).

These two bibliographic records will remark the portuguese victory and will work as a souvenir of Eurovision in Portugal, mostly for fan collectors.