Today the Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music un-professionals—headed to Lisbon to review our final act of 2012. Portugal’s Filipa Sousa hoped to wow us with “Vida Minha” (Life of Mine). Did we like her life? Or did we want her to get a life? Read on to find out…
Wiwi: This song is to die for. But only in the sense of, “It makes me want to die.” Filipa is a sweet girl—you can watch my interview with her from Eurovision in Concert here—but sweet does not earn votes. The song, a classic Portuguese fado, is from a different era. Unfortunately my televote is coming from 2012—not 1912. Great voice, bad song. I’m sorry, Portugal: you are out in the semi-finals.
Vebooboo: Filipa kindly stepped in to replace Cyprus’ cash-strapped Ivi Adamou at this year’s Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam. Um, her generosity was not needed. This song should not exist, plain and simple. Portugal, when will you wake up and realise we are in the 21st century? When?
Meows Kitty: A very ordinary song without any distinctive parts in the entire arrangement. I can’t see how this will qualify given the abundance of cheesy ballads we have already seen in this year’s competition. Sorry Portugal!
Deban: Portugal had the misfortune of finishing in last position during its debut appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964. Sadly, despite vast improvements since then, it remains a nation famous for either not qualifying, or finishing in the bottom quarter of the ESC scoreboard. To date, Portugal is yet to win.
That said, this is a great folk- pop number. The opening bars of the song convey a Latin spirit that sustains itself in the voice of Filipa Sousa, and soar right to the very end. Her voice is a measured mix of pop and theatre, making it the perfect choice for expressing the personal lyrics of Carlos Coehlo.
Filipa Sousa delivers a brilliantly chilling vocal performance that is so full of the nuances necessary to illustrate, and reflect on the path of longing and memories. She delivers this sense of vulnerability whilst channeling the pain of the composer. Her vocal delivery and stage presence enhance the messages within the melody.
If ESC were a 100% Jury based show, music experts would warm to this and give it a respectable score. However, this is not the reality. In the last 10 years, Portugal has submitted high quality entries in their native language, but, to no international success. This high quality is no exception this year. The quality of work exhibited here by Sousa and her team deserve praise, credit and a Top 10 success.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.88/10
- See the complete Wiwi Jury standings
- Watch out interview with Filipa Sousa at Eurovision in Concert
- Watch our interview with Filipa Sousa at the London Eurovision Party