Teresa Radamanto: “It’s more than just a song, its a bridge between cultures!” [Interview]

Festival da Canção 2015 is taking place tonight, so spoke to one of the favourites to win tonight. She’s been in the show twice before, so she’s hoping for a cliche to come true: Three times lucky? Her song Um Fado Em Viena qualified from the second semifinal on Thursday: It’s Teresa Radamanto! Hey Teresa! Thanks for taking the time to speak to us! How are you, such a short time before the Portuguese national final?
Teresa Radamanto: Thank you for this opportunity . I’m  eager to participate in this great event. Look forward to March 5th.
X: Could you tell us something about yourself?
T: I began 19 years ago; starting in talent shows and performing in many different places.I began my professional singer career in the year 2000 with my first recording contract. Then I worked in music and television for 10 years. I left this “life” in 2011, and began to teach Music and Arts to children , and now 3 years later, I’m back to music and to the “FdC” stage again!
X: Why did you decide you want to go to Eurovision?
T: I decided as soon has my team introduced me with the  concept  of Um Fado em Viena; it’s more than just a song, it’s a bridge between cultures; it’s a message of hope that tells us that music’s universal power is the way to go “building bridges” between all  European countries (and all other countries as well).
X: Could you tell us more about your song, Um Fado em Viena?
T: As I said before, it’s a song about hope.  It talks about  of music’s universalism and the bridges it can build between cultures of the world, mostly in this case, between our host, Vienna and Lisbon, trough a waltz with a twist of Fado.
X: You’ve been in FdC twice before (1998 and 2007) and finished second twice. Third time lucky?
T: Ahaaha hope so!!)  I’m so glad I’m back. To be able to have this opportunity once again is  fantastic; so everything that comes, will be received gladly!  We believe in our concept, and it would mean the world to us to win and represent our nation.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
X: What’s going to be your special ingredient to win the national final?
T: In first place we need to achieve it! And then hopefully, make everyone believe in our “truth”.
X: What’s your favourite place in Portugal?
T: I have many favourite places. Our country has many beautiful regions, delicious gastronomy  and cultural traditions with centuries of History. If I’d have to choose I’d probably go to beach areas surrounding my homeland.
X: What’s your favourite thing to eat or drink?
T: I love water! Water is life!
X: Are you a Eurovision fan?
T: Yes, I am!
X: Do you have an all time favourite Eurovision song?
T: I love the 1988 Celine Dion Entry; Loreen from Sweden in 2012 and last year’s  Conchita Wurst and The Common Linnets.
X: Finally, do you have a message for the readers of
T: Let’s build bridges together trough music. Let’s use music’s universalism to empower those who need to be heard. The ESC stage has many great purposes, and giving a voice to those who need it is one of them. ESC is the greatest music celebration in Europe . Let’s celebrate together. Thanks to all of you, without you this wouldn’t exist. would like to thank Teresa Radamanto for her time and we’d like to wish her the best of luck in tonight’s show! Listen to her entry, Um Fado Em Viena, below!

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