Portugal is gearing up their preparations for Festival da Canção 2023. As artists look ahead to the national final, which begins on February 25th, Rosie speaks to INÊS APENAS. She is vying to represent Portugal with her song “Fim do Mundo”
Check out our interview with INÊS APENAS here!
Together, INÊS and Rosie talk about the meaning and composition process for “Fim do Mundo”. INÊS shares some of her experiences as a classical pianist, her memories from performing as a backing singer in Festival da Canção in 2019, and what we might expect from her music video and performance. She also tells us about some Portuguese memes!
If you are interested in learning about some of the other Festival da Canção acts this year, check out our interview with SAL, MoYah and You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown.
About INÊS APENAS
INÊS APENAS was born in Paris before moving to Leiria as a child. She is a trained classical pianist, studying at the prestigious ESMAE in Porto. She appeared on stage as a backing singer for Surma in the 2019 edition of Festival da Canção, but 2023 marks her first year of taking to the stage as the named artist. She was selected through the open casting process.
INÊS is a new face to the Portuguese music industry, but has made a big impression in her short time on the scene. She released her debut EP, “um dia destes”, in 2022. She has also collaborated with NED FLANGER and Tom Maciel on hit “Batata Frita” as part of project AVALANCHE.
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 53 times – appearing the final 44 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 MARO with the song “saudade, saudade”. MARO managed to qualify for the Grand Final and once there, she finished 9th, after receiving 207 points from the jury and the televote.
What do you think of our interview with INÊS APENAS? Do you think “Fim Do Mundo” could represent Portugal in Liverpool? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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