Building on the success of our Best of the Big 5 series, Eurovision Ireland is now broadening its search for your favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – that’s well over 1500 songs!
We’ve scoured the Big 5 countries and across Scandinavia for your Eurovision favourites and you voted in your thousands to crown your winners. Can you believe it? We’ve already come to the end of our tour around Western Europe – you’ve chosen your favourites from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. All that’s left to do is head on over to the sunny beaches of our last stop – yes, it’s finally the turn of Portugal!
Ah, Portugal… for a long time, this Iberian country was considered Eurovision’s ultimate underachiever! Finishing joint last on their debut outing to the contest in 1964 with the dreaded Nul Points, Portugal meandered around the middle (and more often than not the bottom) of the scoreboard for decades, with only a handful of appearances in the lower Top 10 – indeed, for many years their best placing at Eurovision was 6th in 1996! But when Portugal finally did lift that glass microphone in 2017, they did so with a record-breaking 758 points, proving that you should always follow your dreams and that any country can win the contest regardless of their track record!
52 songs have represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut and as always we’ve split the songs between Odd and Even Years. This week you’ll be voting for your favourite Portuguese entries from Odd Years – namely songs that entered in years ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9.
Don’t spot your favourites below? Don’t panic! You’ll get to vote for which Even Year entries you love next week! As always, the Top 10 entries from both semi finals will then go on to the grand final, where you will vote for your overall winner. Don’t forget, your winner will be entered in the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame, so what are you waiting for? Get voting!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
DO NOT VOTE FOR JUST ONE! SPREAD THE LOVE AROUND!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland