Yesterday he faced allegations that his Festival da Canção song “Canção do Fim” (Song of the End) plagiarised “Abre os meus olhos” from clergyman Walter McCallister.

And tonight Diogo Piçarra — the clear winner of the second semi-final on Sunday — has decided to withdraw from the competition.

He made the announcement on Facebook, writing that he does not intend to “feed this cloud” of drama any more.

He wrote:

To all this family, I inform that I have decided to finish my participation in Festival da Canção.

There are no words to thank for all the support and affection I have received in the last 24 hours from colleagues in my profession, friends, family and fans.

My position remains the same in relation to my music — a clear conscience and head up. But I do not intend to feed this cloud any more. Everything that has been created around my participation is no longer Music.

I want to say how proud it would be to represent my country in a competition like Eurovision, but it no longer makes any sense to even try to win that opportunity.

My career and life do not depend on this, it just depends on you and in that sense I know that I will ALWAYS be in good company.

To all the competitors, I hope that Festival da Canção will result in the next Eurovision 2018 winner, and I will be here, like all the Portuguese, to applaud standing.

Thanks for everything.

Shortly after the semi-final on Sunday, the performance was already trending in Portugal as one of the most viewed videos at #2. The hype was very real — and well ahead of next Sunday’s grand final in Guimarães.

The plagiarism situation surfaced on social media, as several accounts compared Diogo’s song to a religious anthem from 1986. The singer and composer of the track is also the founder of the New Life Christian Church.

Portuguese media platforms were quick to share the breaking news, generating a lot of opinions — some critical, some understanding, others indifferent.

RTP  — Rádio e Televisão de Portugal — released the following statement:

RTP understands and respects Diogo Piçarra’s decision to withdraw “Canção do Fim” from Festival da Canção 2018.

The broadcaster never doubted the integrity of Diogo, whose career speaks for itself. The song “Mensageira”, composed by Aline Frazão and sang by Susana Travassos is, therefore, qualified for the final.

RTP thanks Aline and Susana the fair play in accepting this participation. The final of Festival da Canção 2018 will take place in Guimarães, this Sunday at 21H00 GMT.

DIOGO PIÇARRA – “CANÇÃO DO FIM”

WALTER MCCALLISTER – “ABRE OS MEUS OLHOS”

Mr. Piçarra was quick to release a statement on his Facebook page to address the issue.

Among other things, the Portuguese star made it clear that he had no knowledge on the existence of the 1986 evangelical song and that he will continue to defend his song as it was created without any second intentions.

Diogo also stressed that we would never take part in Festival da Canção with this song if he knew of the existing similarities. If that was the case, he would sit with his guitar and think of something else.

The star is receiving overwhelming support from his followers and supporters when addressing this delicate issue.

A simplicidade tem destas coisas e só quem não cria arte é que nunca estará nesta posição. Faz parte da vida de um…

Posted by Diogo Piçarra on Monday, February 26, 2018

Prior to this situation, RTP announced the running order for Sunday’s final of Festival da Canção and opened the voting lines.

FESTIVAL DA CANÇÃO 2018 FINAL RUNNING ORDER

  1. “Sem Medo” – Rui David
  2. “Mensageira” – Susana Travassos
  3. “Sunset” – Peter Serrado
  4. “Zero a Zero” – Joana Espadinha
  5. “Voo das Cegonhas” – Lili
  6. “Para Sorrir Eu Não Preciso de Nada” – Catarina Miranda
  7. “Anda Estragar-me os Planos” – Joana Barra Vaz
  8. “Amor Veloz” – David Pessoa
  9. “Patati Patata” – Minnie & Rhayra
  10. “(sem título)” – Janeiro
  11. “Bandeira Azul” – Maria Inês Paris
  12. “Para Te Dar Abrigo” – Anabela
  13. “O Jardim” – Cláudia Pascoal
  14. “Só Por Ela” – Peu Madureira

What do you think of Diogo’s statement? Do you consider “Canção do Fim” to be plagiarism? Or do you stand by his words? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Phary
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Phary

Now, could he be selected as an interval act for Eurovision 2018? It would be great.

Johnny_Rock
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Johnny_Rock

wiwiblogs!! We need your reviews ons the portuguese songs!!

ArtLover
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ArtLover

Remember, last year Wiwibloggs put Salvador in 16th place. So…

ArtLover
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ArtLover

Sorry, correction: 23th place!!!!!

Klow vandam
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Klow vandam

artlover, they didnt. You’re mixing things. That was chris.

ArtLover
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ArtLover

Search (WIWI JURY RESULTS: FRANCESCO GABBANI IS OUR FAVOURITE FOR EUROVISION 2017) and think. Is that important, the wiwi reviews when they put Salvador in 23º place?

23. Portugal: Salvador Sobral – “Amar Pelos Dois” (6.56)

Bogdan Honciuc
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For what it’s worth, Salvador was my winner from the get-go 😛

Sveta Bog
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Sveta Bog

With so much controversy, I finally met Diogo. I’ve listened to several of his songs, they’re intense and simple. Really like him. I hope he comes back one day. Very sad what happened to him.
About the songs of Portugal, I heard almost all of them … The only one that made me feel something strong was that of Clemente. The singer has a dream voice. He has that posture of a good boy, serious and of whom we would all like to be friends. I just loved him and his song.

jim
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jim

“oh no this boring song was disqualified”
well dont worry guys u have 20 more boring songs with the exact same sound to choose from
btw i can already imagine janeiro in esc disrespecting the contest and insulting other artists

Endless
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Endless

Really? I would love to know what is the link between Piçarra’s, Claudia”s, Peu”s and Lili’s songs…. I am sure, sir, or hope, that in your country there is somebody who can deal with your earing problem…’cause you REALLY have a strong health issue…

Vítor Jardim
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Vítor Jardim

Wiwibloggs don’t you gonna make reviews of the 14 songs for the Portugal National Final like last year? Please make it. We need your expert opinion about it.

F@b
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Worst news of the season ! It was the only interesting song of the festival…

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

They sound almost the same, I have no idea if it is plagiarism or not though. The song was beautiful, of course it is not what Portugal need for another good result in Eurovision, it doesn’t work 2 times in a row.

Eve
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Eve

Aww, sweet man, couldn’t handle with Eurovision madness :p

Happy Bat
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Happy Bat

I just have to say he won a fan, his attitude towards these rumors shows a personality of a true artist, choosing to whithdrawal a competition when his song is accused of being a copy. We know that the probabilities of him winning FdC were very high, not only because of the legion of fans behind him but also because his song was really good.

Now I hope to see Claudia Pascoal and Isaura with “O Jardim” winning FdC.

om
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om

@João Gomes -”Janeiro has good changes of winning, if and only if the European public and judges at large are willing to vote on an even calmer song than Amar Pelos Dois.”

If Portugal will send a calmer song than APD, a song called (no title), probably next year, Portuguese song will be just complete silence.

Xilophone
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Xilophone

I really hope that he doesn’t win, he drank so much of the “music isn’t fireworks” kool-aid that he decided to not name the song because it could change the way you people perceived the song…
I’m not really into it, nice staging tough, very well done

Hada
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Hada

Janeiro is all fireworks. When the Sobrals don’t try at all, Janeiro tries waaaaayyyy too hard.

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

The Sobrals didn’t have to try, because they did all of the fireworks outside of the Eurovision stage. By having Luísa rehearse @ Salvador’s place & by being the last one to walk the red carpet. The Sobrals boasted of not needing gimmicks to win the contest. In fact they had THE BIGGEST gimmick of them all.

Hada
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Hada

Oh come on. We all know why Luísa rehearsed in Salvador’s place and why he walked last on the red carpet and it wasn’t because of gimmicks. It’s not like Salvador could put his illness on hold just so some haters on the internet don’t think he’s disrupting the competition. That’s like saying Yulia Samoylova’s wheelchair is a gimmick. Have some humanity.

San
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San

Well he’s a loser. Sobral was literally NOT politically correct like all the other contestants and their fake smiles, he did not apologise, he wouldn’t smile if he didnt feel like it.

Things could have gone really wrong but MUSIC won in the end, above all. Being late in the red carpet and having someone else rehearse is not enough to win.

San
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San

Henrikh, think i saw you’re comment in swedish. Should i call you henrikh, or…aaron?;)

oli
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oli

Nooo… so so sad. he was my winner for festival cancao and even my possible winner for Eurovision! Shame on the paranoid plagiarisms seekers

Joe
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Joe

Sad he isn’t going through. I was a bit worried he’d be accused of being a Salvador clone, but his song was very good and could’ve easily put Portugal back in the top ten. Fortunately, Portugal has a very good selection this year and I can see a number of their choices doing well, but I’m disappointed it isn’t this one. Still, a noble thing for him to do.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Meh. He was already accused of being a salvador clone.

Silvia Danekova
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Silvia Danekova

Fado (2018) vs Jazz (2017), I know that.

Definitely, the Portuguese are classics in the good sense of the word. The melodic line of Só por Ela is dazzling and beautiful. The voice is even more beautiful than Salvador Sobral.

Please do not dare to win again. I’ll come to hate you. My country is first in the bets. Do not even dare. Let us win at least once. Pls

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Diogo made the right decision for himself and his fans. But, part of me wishes he had stuck with the song anyhow and “tested the waters”, so to speak. RTP’s experts were convinced the song was not plaigiarism, so if he won in Portugal it would have been up to the EBU to investigate the allegations. I would have been very interested in seeing how far that would have gone, but now we will never know. Sadness all round, and I hope Diogo is okay.

João Gomes
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João Gomes

It was too basic, IMHO. He has a great voice (though he overdid it in the high notes, it sounded as if he was screaming, and not in a good, Salvador-ish way). If anything, this whole drama saved him from presenting a lesser song at the ESC and being humiliated right at home… I’m sure RTP will invite him again next year to the FdC, all the buzz from this year will certainly favour him (because both his fans and detractors alike will be pressed against the screen to see what will come out of it), and the pressure will… Read more »

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Agree 100%

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks for this reply. 🙂
I hope Diogo does come back one day.

oigres127
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oigres127

Nooooooo, my favourite ?

PedroLamas
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PedroLamas

Portugal has good songs this year. Even without Diogo. Good luck.

EuroBetting
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EuroBetting

Now I know I can bet on Portugal. Very good songs, but magic this year has a man’s voice again. Choose wisely, because my savings are at stake. I’m not kidding.

AB
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AB

If you put your savings on the line like this, you deserve to lose them.

khav
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khav

Portugal has no chance at winning 2 times in a row. None of these songs could do it.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

khav, i’m portuguese and i’ll obviously be rooting for Denmark or Greece this year. Catarina is decent, Peu is decent, Claudia too. The final will have a different staging and LEDS, we will see…

João Gomes
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João Gomes

Who are you betting on, pray tell? Janeiro has good changes of winning, if and only if the European public and judges at large are willing to vote on an even calmer song than Amar Pelos Dois. Check the guy out, playing along with none other than the man himself, Salvador Sobral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kloRDjY4ggs

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

João, Janeiro might have a good chance, they added some stairs on the new stage for him i suppose. I wouldnt mind, his song is alright.

João Gomes
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João Gomes

Actually, it’s the other way around. Salvador is a few years younger than him and was the one tagging along, at least back then. 😛

João Gomes
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João Gomes
João Gomes
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João Gomes
EuroBetting
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EuroBetting

“a man’s voice again”… Oh God… That one with a funny name, Peu. He is amazing. Period.

Angel Carbonneil
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Angel Carbonneil

Very sad with the decision of Diogo Piçarra. But I also know that everything is beautiful in Peu song. The end is breathtaking.

And the crowd’s cheering reaction through the performance was the same for both. I cried in both songs. I will never forget the beauty of Diogo song. Now, Portugal should choose Só Por Ela.

Claudia may also be a good choice, but I do not feel the same emotion. In Peu is the timbre that disturbs and strikes us. The same with Salvador last year.

Mrs Paulukka
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Mrs Paulukka

A MAGIC song: Só Por Ela. Again timeless beauty.

Episode
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Episode

From the finalists, and in my opinion, Peu’s song should be the chosen one. Its lyrics and music are beautiful, giving the track as a whole a very portuguese identity. And since ESC will be in Portugal this year, to play a musical piece that shows our fado-ish roots seems the perfect choice. A lot of foreigners seems to love “Só Por Ela” as well, so definitely there’s a X factor on it..

No Name
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No Name

”A lot of foreigners seems to love Só Por Ela”

You’re the only one seeing that lol

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Noname, there are quite a few portuguese on youtube pretending to be foreigners and complimenting Peu’s song. It’s always the same accounts lol Poor guy.

dejavu
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dejavu

I think the songs were too similar. Almost the same.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Unfortunately, yes.

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Plagiarism galore

Bruno Correia
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Bruno Correia

Patati Patata will win!

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Quem nos dera

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s sad that it ended this way, but I think it was a good decision. He’s already a established artist and winning Festival da Canção with this song would only make he carry around this so called cloud for a long time, maybe even for the rest of his carreer. It would also be bad for RTP and EBU, since this discussion would be dragged for months. I hope he gets invited to participate on the next year and agrees on joining the show again.

Sumi
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Sumi

Well that was predictable. I hope he wont be emotionally affected too much, he’s talented and has a stable career.

I dont know who will win but i hope Catarina or Claudia will. I think they can give us a decent place. Peu, not so sure…fado doesnt do well on ESC. We’ll see.

RumahDara
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RumahDara

Thank you for netizen for always being “right”. It’s so hard these days to not act like a douch*bag eh?

beccaboo1212
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Yikes! 🙁

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

And no, catarina will NOT come back.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Hey Padraig. We get it, you find our songs boring but have some respect. You gave support to Sobral last year, you should know better. MY message is for RON as well. Uneducated people.

No Name
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No Name

I know, right? So rude with their typical fanboy reactions. As if they are music experts, with their favorites constantly flopping in the contest…

Sumi
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Sumi

Yeah at least some wiwi blog members give arguments, Padraig throws random insults out of nowhere. I used to respect him but im fed up.

Robyn Gallagher
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I’ll say this. Respect has to be earned. One should not expect that because Salvador won Eurovision last year, that all FdC entries should automatically be hailed as masterpieces. All the members of Team Wiwi have different tastes in music. Some of us are thrilled that a screamo band will represent Hungary; others are excited at the thought of an opera singer representing Estonia. And quite a few of us (me included!) are devastated that Diogo has taken himself out of FdC. One takes a good with the bad and trust that in the end, the best song will win… Read more »

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Respect has to be earned? But Insults are free then? I did not say they should be hailed as masterpieces, i said they should be respected. The composers worked very hard and deserve RESPECT, and if someone doesnt like the songs, give some arguments then, that’s all i ask for padraig. Insulting and saying Portugal will end bottom is not an argument. Those artists dont deserve that treatment. I think you misunderstood what i wrote. I know team wiwi has different tastes in music, and im glad they do. But to act like an @sshole and not presenting an argument…is… Read more »

oli
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oli

I feel you, Robyn 🙁 I absolutely love Diogo’s song..in fact, it was becoming my favorite song from all national selections this year 🙁 just sad

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Kris, thankfully, that’s just your opinion. Funnily enough, citylights song was accused of plagiarism(and it was, kind of a plagiarism..). Anyway, it doesnt matter, Salvador won fairly(Yes, you can say his name out loud..) so you can go troll somewhere else.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Diogo’s song had many similarities to that american song. He would be disqualified. It’s plagiarism, maybe not intentionally, but…

Kris
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Kris

Citylights didn’t win Eurovision. The best song didn’t win ESC you see.
The best personality/backstory won though like it happened in 2014, 2016 .

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Leave that weed, man.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

I guess it helps you sleep a night. Best personality by saying f*ck you to eurovision and pop music. Haha. Just go away, troll.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Not surprised that your winner was a plagiarized song sung by a girl with 0 stage presence and charisma, though. But i still loved her tbh. And, uh, i followed him since the beginning, he never said a word about his backstory, only after he won. Nice try tho.

LOL
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LOL

Wow, too much for asking respect from others. Now you’re just bombing a series of personal and subjective insults.
Well done.

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Oh hey kris, no need to use a different fake name. BUT sure, tell me where i insulted someone personally, i’ll be glad to acknowledge and apologize if you can point it out. Facts aren’t insults.

Well done on trying to invert the roles.

Rayne
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Rayne

He was my favourite. I’m at a loss of words…

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Well, there goes your only chance Portugal.

Romeu
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Romeu

Sorry, but by chance or not, the song is equal to this Bob Cull’s 1976 “Open Your Eyes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV0S0gUPDls
(Not the music you show, that’s a Brazilian version of this one)
Being as so, it would break the ESC rules. This is internet age, information flows at light speed, so it wouldn’t go unnoticed.

Berlinrocks
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Berlinrocks

Or check this one.. from the German Allianz eighties commercial .. Timecode 0.30.
sounds similar as well. Hahahaha

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xmTDYyy_9x8

Romeu
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Romeu

That ad isn’t that close, Bob Cull’s melody however is a nearly 100% match.

Héctor
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Héctor

Another stupid drama. Well done Portugal, you have ruined the participation of your best and best known artist in FdC so far. The song was average, but I think he won’t be returning anytime soon. Congratulations haters.

LO
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LO

Why do you act like you are not portuguese? lmao

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

He’s spanish, which is ironic because his country is sending an unoriginal,cheap copy of what Sobral did.

Portugal would rather have a 20th place than win with an american plagiarism. Which is exactly what his song was.

Yellowman96
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Yellowman96

Hahaha how can you compare a masterpiece to that trashy song of Portugal’s. They’re two different songs that just happened to be ballads

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

the spanish song is a masterpiece? nice joke. It’s so original that even the composer said in an interview that he only wrote that song because sobral changed his views on the contest.

Héctor
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Héctor

Yes, I’m Spanish. Sorry, @portuguese fella. I might have hurt your patriotic feelings. I don’t need to create a war. I respect you don’t like our song, but they way you describe it makes you look a bit salty. Hope you are fine.

By the way, “Amar Pelos Dois” and “Tu Canción” share nothing, they are just ballads. And I’m glad with that, because I didn’t like your song last year. Though I was happy with Portugal winning after all this time 🙂

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

Thehe, not salty at all, we won, just kinda ironic how spain is sending something like this after sobral won. I’ve been following you for quite some time on this site, and you’re always very patriotic about your own entry, i get it.

And, if you dont think they share anything, better ask Alfred and the composer for their thoughts 😉

Oh, and now you do look salty..but sure, many people didnt like our song last year, neither did i.

😉 good luck on your entry, careful with hyping it too much. How nice that alfred will meet his ‘idol’ 🙂

portuguese fella
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portuguese fella

«By the way, “Amar Pelos Dois” and “Tu Canción” share nothing, they are just ballads. » Gee…wonder why so many people compare both…doesnt happen with other ballads…and i also wonder why Alfred desperately tries to imitate sobrals mannerism (vocally and in gestures)…the fact that he’s a huge fan of his is probably the reason Guess you like our song, after all :p jk, but it’s honestly a poor attempt of being Amar pelos dois 2. Sorry if this hurts your patriotic feelings mate, but it’s true and im not the only one who says it. It’s also because of sobral… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Classy response. Still unfortunate as it was the only Portuguese song I could remember after listening to them all. Now, I have to go and listen to them again, something I was hoping to avoid.

God-Emperor
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God-Emperor

He did the right thing. Great news, it means we can have Peu or Cláudia winning this. And both of the songs are in many terms better than that cheesefest copy.

Dulce Bento
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Dulce Bento

NOT ALL ABBORD!! I stand with Diogo Piçarra, i was not a fan until this day!
RTP had a horrible attitude!! I lost my will to vote and i had 3 songs that i really like…

Eli
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Eli

RTP didn’t do anything…they believed Diogo Piçarra’s innocence. Diogo was the one who made the decision himself.

Gongas
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Gongas

RTP had nothing to do with this. It was Diogo’s own decision to withdraw after all the criticism he faced on portuguese social media and news outlets. It’s sad when portuguese people are the first ones to throw fingers and bash their own broadcaster. I think RTP’s attitude has been more than commendable – even today after Diogo’s withdrawal, they said they never suspected it was on purpose.

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

Rtp should have defended Diogo at once. Not say that they would look at it. They let this grow.

L'oiseau
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I hope he comes back next year. We cannot afford to loose this great performer in Eurovision, but hopefully with a song more similar with what he usually does (which would avoid this whole debacle in the first place)

OohHoney
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OohHoney

Omfg no!! Hands down the best song in the national final. I feel Portugal has lost all opportunity for a decent result his year.

Dulce Bento
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Dulce Bento

Unfornatly…

Nicholas - Athens
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Nicholas - Athens

That’s very sad. His song was magnificent and his interpretation one of the most “flesh-and-bone” ones at Festival da Canção. By the way, I would like to take this opportunity in order to congratulate RTP for all these beautiful songs we ‘ve heard during the two semi-finals of Festival da Canção. Diogo’s song was my favourite but, given his withdrawal, I’d be really happy to see “O Jardim” representing Portugal. It’s a wonderful song with a very charismatic female interpreter who, in some respects, reminds me of Mia Martini’s (Italy, 1977/1992) raw emotional interpretations. Needless to say, I am more… Read more »

GiorgosGRE
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GiorgosGRE

Awww that’s so sad. It was my favourite. :/

RichUK
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RichUK

I am sad a little, but i have to agree this is the right thing to do. I do hope in time he can rework this beautiful song with a different melody so he can release it, this song is too good to waste.

Amor
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Amor

That sucks. I can’t believe he pulled out after making it so far. If you know your song is not a copy, to hell with the critics! Just do you and sing your soul out!

Xilophone
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Xilophone

I was hoping for the organization of the festival da canção to allow him to participate in the final, but with another song.
It makes me sad that it did not happened…

Episode
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Episode

Did any organization ever allow a contestant to sing a different song in a final?

Lua
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Lua

I didn’t heard his song, but I heard about all the accusations that were made. In my college everyone was speaking about it, the fans were saying “no, he didn’t”, the non/fans “it is! Did you listen to both of them?”…And for most I would love to see an actual singing star to represent my country, he did the best. He has already a BIG career here in Portugal, he’s a pop idol and doesn’t want any drama around him. I kinda believe he didn’t do it because it happens someone making something that souns similar to another thing made… Read more »

Baguettes
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Baguettes

Vu l’acharnement sur José Cid pour sa chanson, ça ne m’étonnes pas que les stars portugaise ne veulent pas prendre le risque de participer au FDC

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

There was no “acharnement sur José Cid”, Baguettes. His song was just a “I Love Belarus”-wannabe. And if “I Love Belarus” didn’t work for Belarus, his song wouldn’t have worked for Portugal either. Thus, he didn’t qualify for the final.

Ashley B
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Ashley B

Very sad but i understand his position. I was hopping to see him in eurovision, but im sure he will do greater things. Keep up Piçarra! Im now rooting for Pascoal

brennan
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brennan

Good PR move, and I hope he comes back eventually… classy
portugal still has claudia ugh i am really really rooting for her what a beautiful song!!!! imagine the staging

Xilophone
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Xilophone

I’m imagining the stage full of flowers, like in the Pina Bausch’s play “Sacre du Primetemps”.
With Diogo’s they are my favorites do represent portugal this year, now I’m rooting more than never for Claudia

Lua
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Lua

I don’t really think it’s a PR move…I wish it was tho

Rome
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Rome

I imagined him arrogant to always say in an interview “It would be an honor to participate in Eurovision” as if he had already won while he kept saying that it was not a competition
But that decision while he was ultra-favorite made me change my mind

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

You don’t know him. Well neither do i but he comes across as a very humble and friendly guy.

Rome
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Rome

You don’t know him

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

Thats what I said lol

Ellsonearth
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Ellsonearth

YEY, you go Aline and Susana!

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

Breaking: Shakespeare retracts Romeo and Juliet, as it was discovered by the galaxy brain twitter community that it is a reworking of Arthur Brooke’s 1562 poem The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet.
While history might have lost one of it’s most important literary works, several internet citizens exclaimed their pleasure over the decision. “Shakespeare has ruined literature, everyone thinks he’s good or something, but he just copies from everyone else, zero originality” said a particularly clever commenter, who at the time of publication hasn’t written a word of poetry in his entire life.

L'oiseau
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LOL Great comment!

AngieP
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AngieP

So sad he withdrew. He was my favourite of Festival da Cancao. Now my hope is Peu or Claudia.