After a 53-year wait, it’s finally happening! The Eurovision Song Contest heads to Lisbon, Portugal. Perfect opportunity to countdown our ten favourite Portuguese entries of all times.
Let’s be honest, if someone said Portugal was going to win Eurovision, one year ago, we all would’ve laughed and shrugged our shoulders. And then came Salvador Sobral and his sister. Truth to be told, we couldn’t be happier for RTP and Portugal. What a victory!
RTP’s history with Eurovision isn’t a straight forward one. The country’s submitted a representative to 50 editions, without reaching the top three once. It would take 53 years, 2 nil points, three last places & 5 withdrawals, to secure a victory in 2017. And that’s a serious crime, because Portugal’s Song history is pretty underrated.
So with no further ado, here are our ten finest Eurovision entries from Portugal;
10. Flor-de-Lis – Todas As Ruas Do Amor (2009)
Portugual’s 2009 entry mixed Fado and Folk together for the charming sweet pop song, Todas As Ruas Do Amor, performed by the charismatic Daniela Varela from Flor-De-Lis. It was the second entry in a row to qualify from the semi-finals after four years of non-qualification for Portugal. Though absolutely charming and an absolute crowd pleaser, Portugal finished 15th in the final with 57 points.
9. Lúcia Moniz – O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor (1996)
After 33 attempts, and some very disappointing results, Portugal came very close to the top 5 with 19-year-old Lúcia Moniz. O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor had unexpectedly won Portugal’s Festival da Canção but the folk song charmed the juries across Europe, awarding it a fifth place overall. It remained Portugal’s best ever result until Salvador’s victory in 2017. Lúcia made a name for herself as an actress, she played in the British hit Love Actually, and continued releasing music.
8. Rita Guerra – Deixa-me Sonhar (Só Mais Uma Vez) (2003)
Time to take a step back, for what is in our opinion one of the most beautiful Portuguese ballads in the Eurovision Song Contest. In what had been an incredibly tough year anyway, Portugal went for established singer Rita Guerra in 2003. The conditions in which she performed weren’t ideal, her brother had passed away from cancer, the night before, so Rita gave a very emotional performance of her song. The standard was incredibly high and Portugal once again finished 22nd with just 13 points. Outrageous! It would be Portugal’s last presence in the final until 2008.
7. Suzy – Quero Ser Tua (2014)
After two non-qualifications and a withdrawal in 2013, Portugal returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with plenty of energy. Suzy flew the Portuguese flag with her sensual, Iberian pop bonanza Quero Ser Tua. It had the up sweeping summery feeling and a dance move or two, which everyone at Euroclub knew. Suzy became an instant fan favourite, but missed out by one point, reaching the finals. Never mind the outcome, Quero Ser Tua is still a huge favourite on the dancefloor of Eurovision parties, and Suzy is a much welcomed figure at Fan parties across Europe.
6. Nucha – Há sempre alguém (1990)
In 1990, Portuguese singer Nucha won the Portuguese ticket to Eurovision on her second attempt with Há sempre alguém, a uplifting trumpet-packed Portuguese pop stomper. Once again the European juries didn’t feel any love for Nucha, placing her 20th with only 9 points. Luckily, Eurovision failure in Portugal has not meant the end of a career for many. Nucha continued to release music, she has 7 albums out to date, and is still a regular guest on tv.
Tomorrow, we’ll unveil our top five favourite Portuguese entries of all times. Let us know, who you think makes a chance. Or let us know what you make of our favourites in the spots 6-10 so far.