This year the Portuguese broadcaster will bring the world’s best Fado singer on the ESC stage! The world famous singer Mariza, who is known for her charismatic traditional and modern singing has been won over by the organizers. This will be a real benefit for the general acceptance of Eurovision Song Contest.
When you travel to Portugal you won’t come around it: Portuguese wine. For all wine and food lovers, Portuguese wine is a great experience and is undergoing a revolution right now, becoming more and more popular and internationally appraised. In contrast to other wine producing countries, Portugal has more than 250 (!) autochthonous grape varieties. This is due to the fact there are all kinds of soils, microclimates, which lead to an excellent wine quality the warm sunny climate, combined with the cold breezes from the Atlantic ocean it’s a perfect place to cultivate wine.
In the Semi Final 2 the last 10 remaining spots have been chosen. Out of 18 participants only: Norway, Serbia, Denmark, Moldova, The Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Sweden, Slovenia and Ukraine made it. For the other eight countries the Eurovision journey is over now, these are Romania, San Marino, Russia, Georgia, Poland, Malta, Latvia and Montenegro.
We are now facing real Eurovision history. A country, which has never been really successful in the ESC is now the hosting it! Nobody really expected that Portugal could ever win the contest anymore. But never say never. With a good song every country is able to win.
The Portuguese capital Lisbon has always been attracting people from all over the world. The beautiful buildings from ancient centuries, the excellent location at the Atlantic Ocean and estuary of the Tejo River, the warm climate and the friendly inhabitants is an attractive and interesting mix.
Not many people know that beside of the Eurovision Song Contest a similar contest took place with a comparable concept in Eastern Europe, before the fall of the Iron Curtain. This was called Intervision (ISC) and was a musical exchange between of the Eastern Europe television stations.
After the first exciting Eurovision night, there were also unhappy faces and tears. Nine teams have not qualified for the Grand Final. So their journey is over now. Some of the artists do leave Lisbon immediately and some will stay until the Grand Final. For some of the artists this Eurovision experience is a unique one and for some it will remain the highlight in their careers.