Tel Aviv 2019

Portugal: Changes made to Conan’s staging since Festival da Canção

Except a few small changes from his Festival da Canção staging

Being one of the artists to not participate in the pre-party circuit. Not much news has come from Conan Osíris following his Festival da Canção victory. Now, just ahead of his first rehearsal, we have some details of Conan’s staging.

According to ESC Portugal, changes have been made to Conan’s staging since his performance at the Festival da Canção final. This performance saw him and his dancer give a brooding and dynamic performance with a small staircase.

Speaking on A Nossa Tarde, he explained that his performance in Tel Aviv will be a little different to that of his national final staging. Of course, the stage in Tel Aviv will be larger, and have more technological possibilities, so we can expect an elevated performance.

Regarding his hopes for the Eurovision Song Contest, the singer said the following:

[The goal] is to feel that it was useful in all parameters and that our presence there was useful to someone

Conan discussing his upcoming performance

Who is Conan Osíris?

30-year-old Conan (birth name: Tiago Miranda) is a Portuguese singer-songwriter. His stage name, Conan Osíris, was inspired by the Japanese series Future Boy Conan and the Egyptian God Osiris.

Prior to Festival da Canção, Conan had released two albums: Música, Normal (2016) and Adoro Bolos (2017). He gained both national and international recognition earlier this year when his entry, “Telemóveis”, was released. Prior the the national final even starting, he had passed 2 million views on YouTube, over five times more than Calema’s entry. The song also topped Portuguese Spotify.

On 2 March 2019, Conan won Festival da Canção 2019, earning the ticket to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. He won both the televote and the jury vote with a perfect score of 24.

Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal was once seen as one of the most unlucky Eurovision countries, holding the record for the longest period of participation without a win (49 attempts). Of course, this ‘curse’ was broken in 2017 when Salvador Sobral won the contest with “Amar Pelos Dois”. Not only was this their first win, but it was also their first and only top 5 placing in the contest to date. 

Unfortunately, as the host nation last year, Portugal got its fourth last place finish with Cláudia Pascoal’s “O Jardim”. Will Conan be able to bring them back to their 2017 glory? He will be performing 15th in semi final 1 on May 14.

Are you looking forward to seeing Telemóveis on stage in Tel Aviv? Do you think Conan will bring Portugal to the final for the third year running? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! We’ll also be posting plenty of content on our YouTube in the run up to Tel Aviv!

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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