Introducing 2012: Portugal!

All the entries for the 2012 contest have been selected and now My Eurovision Diary will introduce them to you!

Entrant: Filipa Sousa

Filipa Sousa (27) experimented with Portugal’s traditional musical style, Fado, for fun when she was 16, and hasn’t stopped since. Being a Fado singer, she’s been invited to sing for the Portuguese communities abroad, and thanks to her victory in the 2012 Festival Da Canção, she will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.

Filipa Sousa was born on March 2, 1985, in Albufeira. Her musical dreams started early: at the age of 6, she started learning music, and later entered the Conservatory. From the age of 12, she started participating in festivals and karaoke contests, in which she won a few prizes and several amateur Fado competitions in the Algarve.

After Filipa participated in workshops and theatre plays, she became part of the Fado group Al-Mouraria in 2003, and performed in various parts of the country, Spain and Morocco, and in TV shows. In 2007 she managed to get into the casting show Operação Triunfo, in which she remained for seven weeks, getting a very positive reaction.

Entry: Vida Minha (Life of Mine)

Vida Minha, as all the Portuguese entries, will be sung in Portuguese, Vida Minha is penned by Carlos Coelho and composed by Andrej Babic. The song is a Fado, a typical Portuguese genre in which Filipa Sousa has a long story within. The song as well as Filipa, was selected through Festival da Canção 2012.

Tomorrow we will introduce the Ukrainian entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!

5 comments on “Introducing 2012: Portugal!

  1. Since I love both the sound of Portuguese and fado, I might be a bit biased in favor of this fadoesque song. Because of the instrumentation and the backing vocalists ‘Vida minha’ is definitely not a proper fado but the emotions conveyed are very similar to fado nevertheless. Portugal 2012 might be best described as a well crafted song that pleasantly blends fado with rumba, and thus it is the most danceable ballad this year. The lyrics are fine and once more highlight the influence the fado tradition has had on the song. Well, ‘Vida minha’ is not as strong as Portugal’s similar 2008 entry but in the context of ESC songs, I still consider it a quality act. Filipa is a fine singer and if they manage to add a bit more power until May (both vocally and visually), Portugal might do better than most people expect. 8/12 and 16th place on my pre-rehearsals list. 🙂

  2. ‘Vida minha’ is an elegant song. The melody flows pleasantly, Filipa sings it well live. There is however room for improvement when it comes to the stage presentation. Boa sorte!

  3. I’m not going to lie, I find this song to be tremendously boring. When I play it, I enjoy it, but I don’t remember a thing about it less than five minutes after I listen to it, which is a good thing for each time I listen to it, because I don’t get more bored, but it’s a terrible thing for voting.

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