Eurovision 2015 review Portugal: Leonor Andrade – Ha um mar que nos separa

Leonor Andrade's Eurovision entry for Portugal unfortunately lacks that much needed punch to go all the way (Photo by Cátia Castel-Branco)
Leonor Andrade’s Eurovision entry for Portugal unfortunately lacks that much needed punch to go all the way (Photo by Cátia Castel-Branco)

At the end of May, millions of European viewers will be watching the 6oth Eurovision Song Contest where they will look for a successor to Conchita Wurst from 40 countries. Among those candidates is Portugal, represented by Leonor Andrade, who are more than overdue a victory in the contest.

Portugal’s relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest is a bit of a wonky one. The country has taken part in the European contest 47 times, but never come close to the trophy then it’s sixth place in 1991. Is it the Portuguese language, or the Portuguese desire to stay as close to their own cultural heritage as possible? We don’t know, but one thing’s for sure. Portugal’s been living the famous Pierre de Coubertin quote to it’s fullest when it comes to their Eurovision legacy. (”The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part…”). Portugal is currently the country with most participations in the past, who is yet to win the contest. While it can be argued that past Portuguese entries just weren’t relevant enough for the contest, this year’s entry, ‘Ha um mar que nos separa’ (Engl. ‘it’s the sea that separates us’) sounds a lot fresher and current.

Reason being? I’s singer. Coming from the global talent show, The Voice in Portugal, semi finalist contestant Leonora Andrade, a singer-songwriter and upcoming actress, portrays herself as an edgy rock-chick, who surprisingly won Festival Da Cancao with her rock influenced pop song. While it’s production has been pumped up a little since winning its national final, and a stadium anthem feel has been added with the ‘Ayo Ayo’ throughout the chorus, (check here) ‘Ha um mar que nos separa’ unfortunately fails to leave an ever so important impression to be a contender to qualify from the second semi final, let alone win the trophy in Vienna. Never the less a decent pop entry Portugal.

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