Portugal: Claudia Pascoal hits #1 on iTunes chart with “O Jardim”


Pink-haired wonder Claudia Pascoal has reached the top of the iTunes chart in her homeland with her beautiful song “O Jardim”. Smashing competition from Luis Fonsi (of “Despacito” success) and Rita Ora, Claudia is proving that the love she received from the Portuguese public endures well after her televote win at Festival De Cancao on March 4th.

The song – written by her on-stage backing vocalist Isaura – has been very popular on social media and YouTube ‘tops’ videos, with fans of the contest talking about a repeat victory for the Iberian nation.

Claudia is a talent show veteran in Portugal, having participated in the Portuguese editions of X Factor, The Voice and Idol (twice, in fact). She made it to the top 10 in most attempts, showing she has serious talent and broad appeal. She also attempted to present the long-running talk show Curto Circuito, but came third in the process. She’s keen to use her voice — and in a number of capacities.

Claudia’s song translates to “The Garden”, and discusses themes based around missing someone and the process of remembering them. Its simple tones and her soaring vocals have earned plenty of praise — and even some comparisons to London Grammar, a hugely popular British band on the continent.

It’s vastly different to anything in Eurovision so far this year, and it has the same beauty to it as Salvador Sobral’s “Amar Pelos Dois”.

If Claudia were to win on May 12th, she would be the first artist to take the trophy at a home contest since 1994, when Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan kept the show in Ireland.

Other artists that have come close include Sabina Babeyeva, who placed fourth in Baku in 2012, and Frans from Sweden, who placed fifth in 2016 in Stockholm.

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