Following her first rehearsal yesterday, Rory got a chance to catch up with Mimicat to discuss her Liverpool experience so far.
Watch our interview with Mimicat right here!
During their interview, Rory and Mimicat talked about how her first rehearsal went, as well as her experience of being in Liverpool so far. She also gives her advice to new artists considering entering Festival da Canção, and offers an insight into her secret past as a real estate agent!
Mimicat’s Eurovision journey so far
Mimicat was selected to represent Portugal through the national final Festival da Canção. She was the first artist to win the competition that came through the open call to represent the nation with her song “Ai coração”. The Portuguese songstress performed live at the the Barcelona Eurovision Party, Pre-Party ES in Madrid and the London Eurovision Party.
Portugal rehearsed on Liverpool’s stage for the first time on Sunday. You can check out that performance, and our thoughts on their first rehearsal here.
Mimicat will perform fifth in the first half of the first Eurovision 2023 semi-final on May 9th.
Who is Mimicat?
Mimicat, which is the stage name for Marisa Isabel Lopes Mena. She has been singing since the age of nine, but really came about on the music scene in 2014, releasing her debut album “For You” – which recieved a lot of positive reviews in Portugal. Prior to applying for Festival Da Canção, Mimicat made a return to music in 2021 and released two non album singles. Mimicat’s Eurovision 2023 song “Ai Coração” was written by Mimicat herself alongside Luís Pereira.
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 Mimicat? Do you think she will keep Portugal in the final this year? Where would you like Portugal to finish this year? 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 cover the rehearsals of Eurovision 2023!
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