Best of Eurovision

#POLL – Best of Eurovision – PORTUGAL’s Even Years

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!

There have been 52 Portuguese Eurovision songs over the decades and as always we’ve split the songs between Odd and Even Years. Last week you selected your favourites from among Portugal’s Odd Years entries, so this week it’s time to take a look through their Even Years songs – so songs that entered in years ending in 2,4,6,8 or 0.

Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:

  1. Amar Pelos Dois (2017) – 226 points
  2. Conquistador (1989) – 209 points
  3.  Love Is On My Side (2021) – 207 points
  4. Deixa-Me Sonhar (Só Mais Uma Vez) (2003) – 184 points
  5. Lusitana Paixão (1991) – 180 points
  6. Desfolhada Portuguesa (1969) – 125 points
  7. Todas As Ruas Do Amor (2009) – 122 points
  8. A Cidade (Até Ser Dia) (1993) – 113 points
  9. Sobe, Sobe, Balão Sobe (1979) – 111 points
  10. Playback (1981) – 108 points

Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now it’s time to see who joins this Top 10 for the Portuguese final next week!



Author: James Scanlan
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