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Portugal takes ‘Saudade Saudade’ to Turin

66th Eurovision Song Contest

Maro with the song ‘Saudade Saudade‘, was the big winner of the 56th edition of the Song Contest and will represent Portugal in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Turin in May. The Eurovision semi-finals will take place on the 10th and 12th of May and the final on the 14th.

In competition at the Festival da Canção final, there were ten songs: ‘Dégrá.Dê‘, composed by DJ Marfox and performed by Pongo and Tristany, ‘Ainda nos temos‘, composed and performed by Syro, ‘Corpo de Mulher‘ composed by Agir and performed by Milhanas, ‘Fome de viagem‘ composed by Pedro Marques and performed by Inês Homem de Melo, ‘Why?’ composed and performed by Aurea, ‘Amanhã‘ composed by Tiago Nogueira and performed by Os Quatro e Meia, ‘Como é bom esperar alguém‘ composed and performed by FF, ‘Ginger Ale‘ composed by Joana Espadinha and performed by Diana Castro, ‘Saudade saudade‘ composed and performed by Maro and finally ‘Code 30‘ composed and performed by Pepperoni Passion.

Adding the final votes of the regional jury to those of the public, ‘Saudade Saudade‘, by Maro, was the most voted song, with 24 points, with three songs ‘Amanhã‘, ‘Como é bom esperar alguém‘ and ‘Ginger Ale‘ coming in second place.

Mariana Secca, who on stage is Maro, born in Lisbon, studied piano since she was four years old, joined the conservatory and studied at Berklee School in Boston, and edited her first album in 2018.

But not only Maro is to be congratulated, RTP, with two semifinals and one final, brilliantly performed, with excellent presenters, with tributes to the previous composers and interpreters, who marked the Song Festival, by a new generation of interpreters and authors, such as Capitão Fausto, Bateu Matou, Selma Uamusse, Blaya, Tiago Bettencour, Sara Correia, among many others who brightened the festival.

But congratulations are also due to the authors and composers, who, with their credits already signed, decided to take the risk of entering the song festival and raise the quality of the songs presented.

Portugal has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1964, but then did not participate in 1970, 2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016, in its participations between 2004 and 2007, and in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2019, it never managed to reach the final.

Portugal with just one victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2017, with ‘Amar aos dois’, performed by Salvador Sobral and composed by Luísa Sobral, is once again dreaming of a good performance.

In 2021, Portugal participated with ‘Love is on my side‘, composed by Tatanka and performed by The Black Mamba.

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