It’s over to me to throwback to my favourite Portuguese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest to date. I’ll admit, Portugal rarely factors towards the top of my annual rankings. Indeed, it was the same in 2009… that was until I witnessed one of the most joyous, emotional and uplifting live performances I’ve ever seen. Step forward, Flor-de-Lis!
Adapting to the expanded contest
Portugal had suffered from a difficult start to the expanded Eurovision Song Contest, failing to qualify in their first four semi-finals between 2004 and 2007. Nevertheless, things changed in 2008 with Vânia Fernandes. Senhora do Mar finished second in its semi-final, before securing a 13th place finish in the final in Belgrade. This remains the nation’s second-best result of the 21st century, only 2017 winner Salvador Sobral achieving higher!
Nevertheless, Vânia’s successor was Flor-de-Lis, a folk music group led by vocalist Daniela Varela. It was only the second year I’d listened to Eurovision songs prior to the contest, and Todas as
Pure, Portuguese and perfection
Daniela and her band’s performance can only be described as complete joy. It’s pure, it’s Portuguese and it’s perfection. You can not help but smile from ear to ear watching Flor-de-Lis live. They are having the time of their lives, and Daniela’s outpouring of emotion at the end shows how much this performance means to them.
They were never favoured by bookmakers in the lead-up to the contest, but their 15th place finish in the final exceeded all expectations. Indeed, it’s Portugal’s third-best finish this century. It even charted inside the official top 200 of the UK chart! This is a wonderful song enhanced by a wonderful performance. This is Portugal’s best entry to date!
Over to the
Now, let’s see what my colleagues think of this entry!
Sitting unassumingly within a brief streak of mid-table qualifying entries between 2008 and 2010 is the glorious Todas as
Rather than get swallowed up on the stage, the performance is intimate and welcoming and remains one of my favourites in the history of the contest. Above all, everyone on stage looks like they’re having the time of their lives and they invite the audience to join them. This means far more than a mere placing on a leaderboard.
It’s hard to believe we are fast reaching the 10 year anniversary of this gem.
From its traditional vibrant melody to the sound of Daniela’s tender vocal, I can only best describe this as the 3-minute hug we didn’t know we needed. (The extended album version is also worth a listen!)
What do you think of Todas as