He’s one of the most in demand artists in Portugal who, at only twenty-six, already has two number one albums.
And earlier this month we learned that Diogo Piçarra is one of the 26 composers invited by Portuguese broadcaster RTP for the 2018 edition of Festival da Canção.
As we breathe deep and try to gather ourselves following this epic news, we’re pausing to give you five reasons why the pop heartthrob should sing his own song at the Portuguese national final for Eurovision. The rules allow for it and we need it to happen…
1. HE WON THE PORTUGUESE VERSION OF “IDOL”
From Coldplay to Bon Inver, Diogo brought diversity to the 2012 edition of Portuguese Idol. With his attitude and charisma he convinced both judges and audience from his very first audition.
He ended up winning the entire show and a scholarship to the London Music School where he further developed his artistry, before coming back to Portugal to record his first album with Universal Music.
In a rather nice coincidence, both Salvador and Luísa Sobral also started their careers on Idol and they ended up winning Eurovision. Anyone else having a vision?!
2. HE WROTE SOME OF HIS BEST SONGS ALL BY HIMSELF
Apart from his voice, Diogo is a very talented composer and producer — hence the invitation for this year’s Festival da Canção. He writes for other singers as well but spends most of his time composing for his own albums.
He wrote all of the songs on his second album do=s (Two), which included the hit singles “História”, “Dialeto”, “Já Não Falamos” and “Só existo contigo”, showing he is more than just a pretty face.
His songs touch the masses. His two albums went platinum and gold, respectively. That is how you slay!
3. HE WAS A YOUTUBE SENSATION PRIOR TO AND AFTER “IDOL”
Before his successful run on Idol, Diogo was already melting hearts on YouTube — and not only Portuguese ones. His cover of SIA’s “Titanium” clocked more that half a million views and his take on John Legend’s “All of Me” is close to one and half million hits.
While studying in London, Piçarra kept his YouTube presence alive, releasing covers and keeping his fan base aware of what he was doing, gaining some international exposure that won’t hurt him if he goes to Eurovision.
4. THERE’S A DEEP EMOTIONAL SIDE TO HIS ARTISTRY
International fans may know Diogo for his pop bangers. But in Portugal Mr. Piçarra is especially respected for the deep and meaningful subjects he addresses in his compositions.
“Volta” — one of his most successful ballads — depicts the feeling of losing the one we loved the most. Make no mistake: we are talking about death and not heartbreak.
It’s impossible not to feel an imaginary sword going right through your heart. You don’t need to understand a word to feel the pain he conveys in his voice.
5. THE EUROVISION FANDOM ALREADY LOVES HIM
It’s not usual for a composers announcement to generate so much buzz — especially because we don’t have a song yet and we’re not sure if Diogo is going to sing it.
But that hasn’t stopped the fandom from praising his voice and the fact that he’s competing to represent Portugal on home turf.
“I’m so excited to see Diogo in Festival da Canção,” Portuguese eurofan André Moreira told wiwibloggs. “He is very talented, extremely versatile. He has the ability to surprise Portugal with very developed production within the soft-pop genre or even a dance pop.”
Festival da Canção 2018 returns with two semi-finals on February 18 and 25. The grand final will take Europe by storm on March 4.
What do you think of Diogo Piçarra? Does his style conquer you as much as he conquers Portuguese listeners? Do you think he would be a nice act to represent Portugal in Lisbon next year? Tell us in the comment section below!