Portugal is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the national broadcaster RTP. Therefore, Portugal returned the ESC, as they missed out last year. There were two Semi Finals and one Grand Final, which took place in the horary Coliseu dos Recreios last night. Among the guests there were many former ESC singers as well the “who is who” of RTP. The show was held in the gala style in a great theatre, many were dressed up very well and the live orchestra was an additional highlight. Unfortunately, the show was broadcasted very late on a Sunday evening and it took almost four hours to find the winner.
Former ESC singers sang two medleys of Portuguese ESC songs, which was received very well by the audience. The eight finalists gave their best to either impress the seven regional juries or the Portuguese televoters. Even if Portugal seems to put a lot of effort in the event, the compositions of this year’s finalists were not the strongest. Maybe those songs were more created for the local Portuguese taste, but not for an international audience.
There was one special guy who convinced with his different attitude, this was Salavdor Sobral. His sad and emotional ballad has been the most outstanding composition and has enchanted the Portuguese.
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About me: My first Eurovision I watched was in 1987, Brussels. Since then I am following the ESC with great enthusiasm. The greatest fascination for me is the fact that the entire Europe is watching the show at that specific night. Since 2010, Oslo I am a member of the eurovisionlive.com team. I had the chance to witness the second German victory with Lena. My biggest wish would be to have the orchestra back, as it used to be until 1998.