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!

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Shame for SSobral

Salvador has said one thing that nobody recalls : that he cares about his Marcel Bezencon Award because is voted by specialists, so he has said this award is more importamt that Eurovision itself. Hello you televoters with your money that made Salvador the winner, read this, he does not care about you and your money because for him the most important award is Marcel Bezencon, the award of the specialists, not the people, not the televote. Do you remember when he has said this? How could you forgive and forget that? Never, I will never get over this as… Read more »

desfolhada
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desfolhada

oh really dude? Stop talking about Salvador, the haters are really obsessed with him.
Shame for humans we don’t deserve this world

Bart
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Bart

My God !!! What an obsession!

Bart
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Bart

And what again this has to do with Diogo Piçarra?

Amy
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Amy

I couldn’t care less.

jayjay
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jayjay

So why do you bother to comment?

Cris
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Cris

Amy, i bet people dont care about you either. That’s why you’re here, looking for attention innit? This Piçarra guy has fans that care. You will be a nobody forever.

mamamia
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mamamia

I dont understand this buzz with Diogo Piçarra. I believe that he is competent in his genre… but he is so similar to many others pop artists. I believe that the next Festival da Canção will be the best portugal national final of all-time and, unfortunately, this hype remove attention from other compositors. I’m very curious for listen the songs of Isaura (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEc4oPL3VPc), Mallu Magalhães (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61jSSF3Vu54), Júlio Resende (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX0d0nVspLs) , Francisco Rebelo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEijVZtLWO8), Minta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axoBdGnpvzE) …

Cris
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Cris

Ew.

jayjay
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jayjay

If bad taste would give you money, you would be the richest person on earth

Cris
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Cris

‘bad taste’. Yeah, his taste is awful.

jayjay
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jayjay

Absolutely agree. Diogo Picarra is really overrated here

Cris
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Cris

He looks underrated to me. He would make it big in america, all the singers that mamamia gave are boring on the other hand.

jayjay
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jayjay

Only because he would do it in America, which I doubt very much, that doesn’t make it good.

Cris
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Cris

No, because he’s good. Many artists in america dont make it big. Never said it makes it good, it’s just an example.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Interesting article. Great potential for Festival da Cançao this year. Send me a ticket if you have one!

Bernardo: Is Diogo Piçarra your idol, or is there more going on? 😀

esc fan
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esc fan

You have said the same about Unser Song last year, and when somebody had a ticket for free because she could not go anymore, you were nowhere. Did you go to Unser Song last year???

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Woah – How do you remember that? That’s impressive! 🙂 Someone else got the ticket to Unser Song, as I recall. I watched the final online, and I met Levina later at the London Eurovision Party in April – she was very nice to me. 🙂

esc fan
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esc fan

There’s no such music as fast food music. All music comes from instruments that are more or less modern (violin vs. computer) So what? Why the violin is more important than computer? Salvador and Luisa should mind their own business because no instrument is more important than the other.

Bart
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Bart

Well when a computer fabricates music out of an combination of algorithms, then yes, this is fast food music… Have a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSp3Rdp7Tq0

desfolhada
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desfolhada

stop labelling music
the digital drawings are art too, right? Also Luisa and Salvador like the belgium’s song (electronic music?). Both studied music they know that music is not only the physical instruments.

it’s like another art, if you like it it’s fine if you don’t like theres no problem

Hada
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Hada

Except that has nothing to do with what Salvador and Luisa mean by “real music vs. fast food music” and you completely misinterpreted everything they’ve said (and by the way, they are neither the first nor the last ones to say it).

ESC is near
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ESC is near

From Portugal I expect only real music…shells, sticks, leaves, coconut drums, only organic instruments, because this is real music. No fast food, only natural sounds. Salvador was fast food for not using organic instruments, don’t do that again Portugal.

Di
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Di

Portugal will do whatever the f*ck they want. The world is not black and white, diversity rocks?

desfolhada
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desfolhada

Why not vegan music? Many instruments are made with animal skin like bongo and some guitars have strings of animal origin.
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I’m just kidding 🙂

Jo
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Jo

This is real music then:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXGQnc_y-10

LOL

Manu
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Manu

To be fair…YES, the Sobrals have opened this discussion about ‘real music’, they must know that they can be criticized too for not being ‘real enough’. Is like…the taste of their own medicine.

esc fan
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esc fan

This music with vegetables is the first music on this planet. lol. It is. Funny but it is. Anybody else is of course successful but can’t say is more real. Love Despacito, but isn’t less authentic than Amar Pelos Dois.

Unknown Melody
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Unknown Melody

That is not what Salvador meant lmao

Lula
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Lula

YASSS HE HAS TO