There have been three live TV shows, two semi-finals and a final, to choose the participant of Portugal in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. They all took place this week.
Tonight it was time for the final in Lisbon. And in a show hosted by Catarina Furtado and Júlio Isidro the winner was Leonor Andrade with the song Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa (There's a sea between us) which now becomes Portugal's entry at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Austria.
Three songs were chosen for a "superfinal" (winner in bold):
- Leonor Andrade - Há um Mar que nos Separa
- Teresa Radamanto - Um Fado em Viena
- Gonçalo Tavares - Tu Tens uma Mágica (Jury choice)
Once again the jury was made up of the composers participating tonight. The ultimate choice of winner was by televoting only.
Six artists managed to reach the final and they are (superfinalists in bold):
- José Freitas - Mal Menor (Ninguém me Guia à Razão) (Churky)
- Yola Dinis - Outra Vez Primavera (Nuno Feist / Nuno Marques da Silva)
- Leonor Andrade - Há um Mar que nos Separa (Miguel Gameiro)
- Simone de Oliveira - À Espera das Canções (Renato Jr./ Tiago Torres da Silva)
- Teresa Radamanto - Um Fado em Viena (Fernando Abrantes / Jorge Mangorrinha)
- Gonçalo Tavares - Tu Tens uma Mágica (Gonçalo Tavares / José Cid)
Get to know more of them:
Há um Mar que nos Separa
Miguel Gameiro is a famous singer and leader of a pop group “Pólo Norte”. His first participation as a composer was in 2010, but this time he chose as a singer the beautiful Leonor Andrade, from The Voice of Portugal.
Outra Vez Primavera
Nuno Feist participated as a singer for the 1st time in 1985 with his brother in a duet (Nuno & Henrique). Over the last editions of Festival da Canção, he has been participating as a composer, with Nuno Marques da Silva being the author of the lyrics. This year they invited the fado singer Yola Dinis to perform their song.
Tu Tens uma Mágica
Gonçalo Tavares participated in Festival da Canção for the 1st time in 2010. He now returns again as a singer and a composer.
Mal Menor (Ninguém me Guia à Razão)
Churky is a very young composer that writes for several names of Portuguese music and comee to the Festival for the first time. He invited José Freitas, one of the finalists of X Factor.
Um Fado em Viena
Fernando Abrantes is a musical producer and composer and invited Jorge Mangorrinha, a University Teacher and expert on the Festival, to write the song with him. Their singer, Teresa Radamanto, was second on Festival da Canção 1998 and in 2007.
À Espera das Canções
Renato Jr. is a very well know composer and music producer and is bringing one of the biggest surprises of this Festival da Canção: he invited Simone de Oliveira, one of the greatest singers from Portugal, aged 77. Simone has won this festival twice; the 1st time was 50 years ago, in 1965, with Sol de Inverno. The second time in 1969 with Desfolhada Portuguesa.
Portugal was represented last year by Suzy and the song Quero Ser Tua and this year Leonor Andrade will participate in the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Thursday the 21st of May.