Today say the third day of rehearsals in Austria’s Wiener Stadhalle Arena. We were given a glimpse at how Norway, Montenegro, San Marino, Lithuania, Ireland, Malta, Czech Republic and Portugal would stage their songs ahead of the semi finals next week. Read on to find out more.
It is very rare that Portugal give us a belter of a Eurovision song. They have finished dead last three times in the competition’s history, received the dreaded nul points twice, their best finish was sixth place in 1996 and last year’s entry from Suzy was particularly horrendous. This year sees Leonor Andrade take the Portuguese charge to Vienna with ‘Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa’. Find out what our views of it are by reading on.
This week was another action packed week with many of the countries taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest finalising their acts and songs for Vienna in May. Majority of the songs have now been revealed, but let’s take a look back on the things we learned this week.
1. Australia will make their debut at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, but it was revealed this week that their first ever representative would be former Australian Idol and R n B singer Guy Sebastian. In a press conference this week he stated that the song choice would be revealed in due course, but it could be a song that featured on his latest album, as it was written within the Eurovision deadline.
2. Controversy was rife when the German selection process crowned Andreas Kummert as the winner of the live final this week, only for the singer to turn down the chance to represent his country at Eurovision with song ‘Heart of Stone’
3. Instead it would be runner up
The Portuguese national selection was made on Saturday 7th March with the conclusion of Festival da Canção. The winning act chosen was Leonor Andrade with her song ‘Há um Mar que nos Separa’ (There’s a Sea Between Us). Andrade was chosen over five other finalists who had qualified from the two live semi finals which were held earlier in the week.
You can listen to the winning song below