|Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM|
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."