Pre-Contest Vote 2015: Portugal

So guys, welcome to this new Contest that we’re rolling out – the ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2015! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 40 entries! Right, shall we get started?

So this is how we’re going to run this series of articles in which we’re going to cover all 40 entries for this year:

  • We’re going to take on these articles in the running order for 2015 (Moldova is first, Armenia is second etc). We’ll do one article a day.
  • We’ll refer back to the Song Presentation or NF Review of the song.
  • We’ll provide you with the video so you can have a listen (if you haven’t managed to listen to it yet…which is highly unlikely!)
  • We’ll also give you a few words from the three of us while giving the song a score out of 12.
  • Finally, there’ll be a poll below for you guys to vote and give us your points on the song!

Got it? 🙂

Continuing on with the second semi-final and we’re coming to the westernmost country on the Continent – Portugal, who will be sending Leonor Andrade with her song “Há um mar que nos separa”! Leonor was selected by the Portuguese public to sing her song in Vienna, and – when she sat down to have a chat with us – she said that it would make sense to sing her song in her native tongue. No doubt though that this ethnic-ballad syntho-pop track will have the audience amazed on May 21st! If you haven’t heard ‘Há um mar que nos separa’ yet, have a listen below!

Our opinions:

Rory – I really do feel like Portugal is really underrated this year! Leonor was a little shaky in her performance at Festival da Canção, and how she’s been painted as someone who can’t sing. This my personal #5, and I think although I preferred the original version, that there is some potential for greatness here..let’s hope Europe can see that! Score: 12 points out of 12.

Lauren – Singing in native languages seems to be a rarity for Eurovision nowadays, as English seems to be quite popular. However, this one is sung in Portuguese, which adds a nice effect to an already good song. It’s probably one of my favourites this year!  Score: 8 points out of 12.

Lewis – One of the better Portuguese entries of recent years. Not deviating from the current Portuguese tradition of singing in the native language is one I admire, but I’m not sure Europe will agree. It’s a step in the right direction, but it’s not quite exactly what the public and juries will be looking for. Score: 5 points out of 12.

Reece – I like this more every time I listen to it, but it’s still not impressive enough to really make me go ‘wow.’ Reaching the final would be a success for Portugal – I don’t think they can hope for much better – catchy chorus though! Score: 6 points out of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Portuguese song (after rating it 31/48), what do you think of it? Tell us by voting in the poll!

Did you vote? Well by the end of this series, we’ll know how many of you fans love/like/hate Portugal’s song! In the meantime, though, stay tuned to ESC Views, when Lewis will be taking on the eagerly anticipated return of the Czech Republic! So what do you think of Portugal’s song? Tell us by commenting below or voting in the poll!

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One thought on “Pre-Contest Vote 2015: Portugal”

  1. I love this song and I’m from Portugal 😀 I really agree in what Rory said, she is very underrated, in my opinion and I hope the audience really sees potencial in this song cause this is one of the best songs that Portugal has sent in this contest! 🙂
    I just hope and I’m praying that I have really great moments in Semifinal 2 and one of those being Portugal qualifying..: 🙂

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