September signals many things — including the start of a new edition of the international talent show The Voice in Portugal. After last year’s ratings success, the show is back and wiwibloggs has its eyes glued to some of the fresh talent that we would love to see in the country’s Eurovision 2018 selection Festival da Canção.
Last year, six out of the sixteen singers in the revamped Festival da Canção came from the The Voice. Today we trawled social media and scanned fan message boards in the hopes of unearthing this year’s fan favourites who just might become the next Salvador Sobral (and maybe influence some FdC composers along the way).
There’s certainly precedent.
After winning The Voice last year, Fernando Daniel started working with composer Nuno Feist on his entry “Poema a Dois”. He finished in 5th place but went on to release his killer first single “Espera” (Wait).
But before (hopefully) joining the ranks of the stars at Festival da Canção, singers on The Voice must impress the show’s four veteran mentors — Anselmo Ralph, Aurea, Marisa Liz and Mickael Carreira.
Here are three of the favourites…
Diana Lucas is no stranger to Portuguese audiences. In 2003, at the age of sixteen, she competed on Idol, finishing in eleventh position. Three years later she released her album “Pontas Soltas”, delivering the hit single “Desculpa Lá” that has clocked more than three million views on YouTube.
After a long hiatus she auditioned for The Voice singing Festival da Canção 1976 song “No teu poema” by Carlos do Carmo. She immediately turned all four chairs and was recognised by several judges.
“I auditioned to say that I’m still still here, I still sing, I still have a lot to give,” she told the judges before the singer Áurea praised her performance.
“Diana is a great singer,” she said. “I admire you and I always did. It’s good to see that you never gave up.”
Channeling some Brazilian bossa nova realness, Tiago Nacarato took Portugal by storm covering Vinicius de Moraes’ famous song “Onde Anda Você”, and has already racked up almost one and a half million hits.
His charming presence, dazzling looks and smooth voice worked wonders with the audience and, more importantly at this stage, all four judges.
Tiago has already expressed his love for Brazilian music and Portuguese fans didn’t waste time linking him to Festival da Canção 2018 Brazilian composer Mallu Magalhães. Should they work together? Yes, please!
Don’t remember Kátia? You should. As part of the female group Nonstop, Miss Moreira failed to reach the final of Eurovision back in 2006, but she did make the wiwibloggs list of Portugal’s five worst entries of the 21st century. Yikes!
Her comeback, however, is a completely different story. After the group disappeared Kátia continued to make music, singing in bars and small gigs, owning it as her profession.
With a unique take on Jessica Rabbit’s “Why don’t you do right”, the former Eurovision diva known for rocking feathers and tiaras turned the chairs of all four mentors.
What do you think of Portugal’s latest batch of talent from The Voice? Do you see Eurovision potential in any of them? Tell us in the comment section below!