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Grandparents from Portugal, so I am excited to eat Pastel de Nata in Lisbon

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on March 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

She is the Latvian representative in Portugal, being half latvian and brasilian. It was her first time sening a song to a national final and it was a first shot first victory.

Being the grandchild of portuguese it will very special for her and Portugal to be in Lisbon.

Read now what Laura has to say about Portugal, the family story and Eurovision.

1. When you think about Portugal, what is the first thing having in mind? And what does it specially means to you participating in Portugal?

I have dual citizenship: Latvian and Brazilian. My mothers’

Brazilian family is from Portuguese descent, so representing

Latvia in Portugal is the most perfect familly combination.

2. Have you ever been to Lisbon and what did you like the most? Or what are you the most excited about Lisbon, if it is your first time?

This will be my first time in Portugal. I look forward to visiting

Lisbon and hopefully, also other cities in this amazing country,

which is Brazil’s closest friend. I am excited about the legendary

Portuguese charm and hospitality, making new friends and

tasting the delicious Portuguese culinary treats. I specially love

freshy baked “pastel de natas”.

3. What was your reaction about the victory of Salvador last year?

It was well deserved. Salvador sung with all his heart and the

audience felt it.

4. How did the idea come up to participate at the national final?

It was serendipity. My family and I had already made plans to visit

Latvia in 2018, for the centennial celebrations, the Song and

Dance Festival that happens every 5 years, and to visit my

cousins who have moved from Brazil to Latvia. While doing

research for our trip to Riga, I came across a piece of news about

Supernova and decided to submit my latest original song, “Funny


5. What was your link to Eurovision so far?

I am a huge fan of Eurovision and enjoy discovering new acts

every year. This is the first time that I submitted an entry to the

contest, though.

6. What do you expect from Eurovision for your musical career?

It will be an unique opportunity to connect with a larger audience.

7. What does the theme “All aboard” means to you?

The 2018 Eurovision slogan enhances the core values and the

unifying power of this outstanding song contest. We are “all

aboard”, coming together to enjoy a fantastic journey through

different cultures, celebrate our diversity and share our Music and

wonders in peace.

8. Eurovision this year will be without big LED walls, what do you think about that fact?

The fact that there will be no LED screens and no projections will

focus a lot of atttention on the uniqueness of each performer and

their songs. The Lisbon stage is extremely versatile and offers

cutting-edge technology. Memorable visuals can be created with

a good light design.

9. The inspiration for the theme of this year was the ocean. Which meaning does it has for you?

I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, facing the Atlantic Ocean.

I have a very close connection with the sea, which means peace,

wonder, discovery and adventure.

10. What is the story behind your song?

The song tells the story of a girl who falls in love with her best

friend. She always makes him laugh and her feelings are her best-

kept secret, until she decides to open up. Unfortunately, it was too

late: he had already fallen for someone else. To him, she became

only a friend, just a “funny girl”.

All of my songs are inspired by personal experiences. One night, I

was alone at home, playing the piano, reflecting upon everything

that was going on at that time, and the song just came to me, all

at once, lyrics and music.

We say "muito obrigado, beijinho e até já Laura".

Boa sorte

Pedro de Almeida

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