Angus sits down with Portuguese band Os Azeitonas. They are competing in Festival da Canção with the song “Solta a Voz e Canta”. This upbeat track says that it is time to say goodbye to sadness and to dance and sing instead. They talk about the atmosphere at their live shows, the close-knit Portuguese music community, and how a bath helped write this song.
Festival da Canção consists of two semi-finals on March 5 and 7, and a final on March 12. The winner will be decided by a jury and televote. The winning song will then go on to represent Portugal in Italy in May.
About Os Azeitonas
Os Azeitonas is a pop group from Porto and was founded in 2002. The band has three members: Marlon, Salsa, and Nena. They’ve released five albums and a DVD over their career, and have had considerable success in Portugal. Os Azeitonas were one of the 16 entries invited by RTP to compete in Festival da Canção. They will be appearing in the second semi-final. The winner of Festival da Canção will perform in the second half of the first semi-final in Turin.
Portugal’s Eurovision Journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 52 times – appearing the final 43 times. Their only win in the competition came in 2017 with Salvador Sobral, performing his heart-wrenching song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s most recent participation was with The Black Mamba with the song “Love Is On My Side” – the first song Portugal sent in the English language. The Black Mamba managed to qualify for the Grand Final finishing 12th, after receiving 153 points from the jury and the televote.
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