Portugal: Festival da Canção hunk Rui Andrade covers Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”

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He’s the Festival da Canção regular who randomly provided backing vocals for Russia’s Tolmachevy sisters at Eurovision 2014. Now, after a brief flirtation with The X-Factor, Portugal’s Rui Andrade is launching his own YouTube channel.

To coincide with the launch, Rui released a cover of Rachel Platten’s 2015 hit “Fight Song” back in January.

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“Fight Song” is one of Rui’s favourite songs, so it was a no-brainer for him cover it. Andrade identifies strongly with the track due to its parallels with his own fight to find his place in the music world. From his days of studying music to what has now become his career, music has always been an important part of his growth.

Not content to merely sing, the Iberian hunk also commissioned a music video to go with his version of the empowerment anthem. The Renato Arroyo directed clip takes place in a theatre, which is rather befitting for Rui’s musical theatre interpretation of the pop hit.

As the song builds pace, Rui takes us jogging on open roads, on a car ride, to rehearsals, to the bedroom and even into the shower — where better to show off his bulging biceps? Just as things start to sizzle, the camera pans out and shows a more jovial side to Rui as he relaxes with friends around a fire.

Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, Rui tells us more about the creative process:

I chose “Fight Song” because I love how the song resembles of my professional life. The video tries to mirror my career from castings to the big stage. Regarding the idea of the cover songs vs original material. This was an opportunity to showcase a new Rui. I have an updated look now and that filters into the music styles that I am drawn to. However, the the next step is original songs. I am working on it.

Rui Andrade Fight Song (Rachel Platten cover)

We can’t wait to see what else Rui has in store. Only last week he released yet another cover, this time a mash-up of Clean Bandit’s recent smash “Rockabye” and Ace Of Base’s ’90s classic “All That She Wants”.

Rui Andrade Rockabye/All That She Wants (Clean Bandit/Ace Of Base mash-up)

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