It’s happening: the king of bossa nova is coming to Portugal! Eurovision 2018 continues its trend of musical diversity by confirming two-time Grammy winner Caetano Veloso as an interval act for the Grand Final on the 12th of May. Lisbon is calling by way of Rio, and we just have to answer!

The Brazilian star will join Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral after supporting the Portuguese star last year.

Winner of nine Latin Grammy Awards, Caetano Veloso is known for his creativity and unique approach to his genre. He was one of the faces of Tropicalismo, a Brazilian musical movement that encompassed theatre, music and poetry. Nowadays it’s one of Brazil’s cultural markers, after taking special importance during the period of Brazilian military dictatorship.

Mr.Veloso is known internationally for having performed in several countries in Africa, and also in Israel, Portugal, France and beyond.

Caetano Veloso joins already confirmed interval acts Mariza, Ana Moura, Beatbombers and Branko.

MARIZA AND ANA MOURA

Mariza needs no introduction to the Portuguese audience. At 44, the Portuguese singer has one of the most recognised careers in Portugal. With more than 1 million albums sold worldwide, Mariza showcases one of the best cultural exports of Portugal: Fado. She will sing alongside Ana Moura, for the first time ever, in what is set to be a “landmark in Portuguese music history”.

BEATBOMBERS

They are the World Champions in scratch and they’ll be doing the music segment for the iconic Eurovision flag parade. The Portuguese duo also made the soundtrack to the presentation video of Lisbon as the host city for Eurovision 2018 with “Verdes Anos”. Except a fine mixture of traditional Portuguese music with modern beats.

SALVADOR SOBRAL AND BRANKO

The Eurovision jazz king is back! After a successful heart transplant, Salvador is set to perform his Eurovision winning song “Amar Pelos Dois” in the final as well as new material.

DJ Branko closes the line up and will create an electronic journey of music around the world, building bridges and welcoming everyone aboard the Eurovision boat.

What do you think of the invited acts for the Eurovision Grand Final? Were you expecting some names that aren’t on the list? Tell us in the comments section below!

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GazilionPT
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Today they published an interview with Salvador in Público (major Portuguese daily newspaper). He confirmed he will perform “Amar pelos dois” with Caetano Veloso and pianist Júlio Resende (actually playing live, no playback music). Salvador also said his voice changed after the heart transplant: his previous heart condition caused liquid retention, which swelled his belly (hence the over-sized jackets he wore) and pushed his diaphragm up. Now, after the transplant, the liquid retention stopped, so his diaphragm is lower, changing his voice. (I’m no expert, and the article does not elaborate, so I don’t know if his tone became lower… Read more »
isabel
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Eurovision fans don’t deserve Caetano Veloso & Salvador Sobral, as we can see from the toxic comment section below, but this is going to be truly magnificent.
So good!

Emily
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This comment section makes Youtube look like a valid discussion forum in comparison…

JayJay
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How nice and shallow…. Congrats

Vic
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Why does one of the finest music and entertainment events in the whole world, which is supposed to unite people, attract so much hate and bitterness?

Max
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because his music is his muscle body

Vanda
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This Caetano fellow is not wanted. A whiny imbecile known for publicly crying that the Portuguese were the cause of every wrong in Brazil… The typical Brazilian unable to assume their own independency after almost two centuries.
Not to mention his so-called music sounds like the perfect cure for insomnia.
At least I hope he’ll only be part of Sobral’s performance, if the latter is so willing to share his spotlight. A separate performance by this favela knob would make me vomit.

Shocked
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And here we have typical tuga troll 😛
Vanda, honey.. It is not your moment and with this hate attitude it will never be.
“Volta pro mar, oferenda”.

Vanda
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No, this is clearly your moment. Given your bum-licking attitude you must have waited your whole life for this opportunity to stand by zika boy. Your pathetic attempt at a jab was amusing. Not surprising though, what else could you do when you’ve got no arguments regarding the issue at stake? Everyone is entitled to think and even say whatever they want, but they must at least be coherent and be prepared to follow through with it. And that is why this Caetano git is a spineless twat in my eyes. And you’re likely one too, since you’re so eager… Read more »
Michael
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Hmm. OK. I still like Justin Timberlake…

Kate
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Gosh, is everything going to be in Portuguese? I hope there will be more songs in English.

JayJay
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Yes almost all the entries… dah…

Rory
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Who is he? Seriously need to google him lol

Jayjay
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That just shows one thing: your ignorance

Emily
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Calling someone ignorant just because they don’t know who a Brazilian singer is is a bit too much, no? He may be relevant in his country and possibly other Portuguese-speaking countries, but he’s largely unknown in Europe. You can’t possibly put him in the same basket as those you mention (it’s Mick Jagger by the way) as regards worldwide success, prestige and appeal. On the other hand, Portugal has probably more international celebrities than most Eurovision members, definitely more than most recent years winners. They don’t really need Brazil to help with anything. And this act sounds more like a… Read more »
JayJay
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This is ridiculous.Shawn Mendes and Nelly Furtado are just two. And Castano’s participation was Salvador’s idea. He he just one of the biggest and more respected singers and authors like David Bowie, Mike Jagger, Prince or Leonard Cohen. But I guess you don’t know any of those too as you must be so busily hearing trash all day long.

JayJay
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You are so ignorant to fail to see that apart from Prince all the others are his age or older. But of course without a trace of education how would you know that. As for Salvador, he did a great thing sharing his spotlight with someone else. If you hate Portugal (and Brazil) so much, I recommend you don’t see this year’s edition and maybe concentrate on Miss Universe (or Mr. Universe), which is probably your more your thing.

May
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An exciting addition 🙂

Gongas
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Wiwibloggs administrators would you be so kind to moderate the comment section of this and most posts nowadays. Discussions like the ones seen in recent posts are toxic to spirit of eurovision and don’t bring anything valuable to the table.

Other than that and to comment on the post itself, I’m really happy with the addition of Caetano Veloso! I think it makes sense after the brazilian flavour inspiration of Amar Pelos Dois. Interested to see their duet as well as Ana Moura and Mariza’s one 🙂

Free speech
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All discussion is welcome. There is a free speech!

musimakeup
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This year is going to be the best 🙂 ! Can’t wait!

Jayjay
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And you could go to a concentration camp of fascists you coward. You are not even man enough to use the same nickname let alimentos talk about war… take that: SALVADOR WON AND NOBODY IS GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM HIM.

Jayjay
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He won the contest and that is a fact. And he is the true winner for million others. It doesn’t matter if tasteless people like you have a problem with that.

Jayjay
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What a stupid analogy.

JayJay
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Of course I must agree with you on Trump. I see that you have one shred of good sense somewhere hidden in your brain. But even if people hate their President, they have to aknoweldge that they have no other for at least four years. It’s the same for Salvador.

No winner
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Thank god! 2 weeks of
Sobral last year. Judy a few more weeks this year and we are done!

JayJay
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Yes and then you can resume your little pathetic existence. RTP is doing a real good service to try at least educate people like you a little bit, even if they choose then to continue to big pigs

JayJay
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Indeed there are many trashy tourists. Trashy like you are

JayJay
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LOL. Right…

JayJay
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That just proved my point. Sad…

Krueger
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Just let this person be, he doesn´t know any better.

Emily
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Highest score from both jury and public = winning by luck. Gotta love troll logic.
Also, the Portuguese economy is looking quite together these days, solid growth, positive outlook. In any case, it’s definitely richer than most Eurovision countries, most likely including your own, judging by your example and seeing how trolls tend to project their own shortcomings on others out of jealousy and spite.

Andrea
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Did you check the trashcan?

Andrea
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Spoken like a true ignorant of what music was, is and will be.

Shocked
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Whoever dislikes Caetano Veloso and Salvador Sobral must be sniffing too much poppers.

#justsayin’

Rory
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LOL

Javi
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There’s no such thing as a battle of styles. Best song always beats the rest. Slow, fast, sophisticated or whatever is.

Salvador Sobral’s melody was a masterpiece, two notches above the rest.

That’s it.

Jo
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Caetano is a legend in Brazil, but I don’t doubt he might take the opportunity to address some political sentences.

Jayjay
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This is the most stupid post I have ever read in this blog. There is no such thing as a battle between music. What a hateful speech. And what exactly is the local flavor of the Icelandic song?… only because it is a
slow ballad it is “local”?… don’t you see that YOU are being the real arrogant here… I want to vomit!

Jayjay
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It is now the second time I vomit and it is over you. Besides he will not sing in Icelandic, very unfortunately, actually. So what is your stupid point? But maybe if you like so much wars why don’t you enlist yourself and go to Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. Your life would be a little bit more useful than your current sad existence.

Jayjay
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Yes are the stupid one to bring war and hate in this contest. So, you are whishing my death… Take good care of what you whish for. What comes around goes around, your brainless and tasteless chicken

Jayjay
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Yes, I can’t stop vomiting because you make me sick. What you sound like is a chicken whose head has been chopped off and running around like crazy.

Jayjay
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It is already better than many other editions. And financially is much more sound than other editions. The organization is flawless. But for your tasteless soul it will not be good, and it’s actually a good thing, because it will not be trashy as you would like.

JayJay
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Hate hate hate… You are a poor soul…

Endless
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Listen, you ignorant: a country with the worlds’ 11th BIGGEST gold reserves is “poor”…that is your notion of poverty???? You probably have even never been in Portugal in order to speak about its reality and ,even less, economy. Stick to silence instead of showing in public your own stupidity,,xenophobia and ignorance

Jayjay
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It is you, trying to make a fake war.

Jayjay
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And you should go to a real war and with some luck you would stay there for ever.

Jayjay
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You are such a hateful person… you need to find some peace. With the horrible music you listen to it is difficult. Sad sad life of yours.

JayJay
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Nobody imposed anything to anyone.

Emily
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It must be sad leading such an empty life you still get triggered by a statement uttered almost one year ago… a statement that in addition was purely personal, not on behalf of his country or his music genre.

kai
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boring…a stupid singer who actually talked really bad about Portugal will be present in the next eurovision…Thats nonsense!!
0 points for Caetano Veloso

Rory
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I truly hope the poppish stupidity from Sweden flops in the televoting big time. Because the juries will fanwank it.

kai
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the middle finger is precisely what Portugal gave to all Europe last year…and received 758 points!
Some people got trauma…. My comment has no relation with the organization. I think Portugal is a good host, the theme, logo, stage, everything is fine!

Hada
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Sweden isn’t bringing a LED screen

Jayjay
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So isn’t it what you want? That Sweden wins every year with stupid little meaningless songs. So what is your freaking problem, your stupid moron. Don’t you that with that kind of talk you are being the true arrogant?

Jayjay
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You don’t even know what will be on offer technologically this year. Benjamin can have the same or even better visual effects without LEDs. His act builds on red disco lights, that can be easily replicated with lights. It’s not like there is no technology. Besides, LEDs is an old and unoriginal technology.

JayJay
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Maybe to pay back the debt, as you suggested…

L'oiseau
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This is both Eurovison history and Brazilian music history in the making. I am so thrilled and proud that RTP invited this living legend to Eurovison and so glad that Brazilian music is entering for once the biggest European pop music stage. This is even bigger than having Justin Timberlake. It’s like having Aretha Franklin or Madonna. Also I am really touched by the fact that Salvador will share the spotlight with Caetano Veloso and not be afraid to share it with this “monster”. Any other would have shyied away. That says a lot about Salvador. I am staring to… Read more »
Me
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Eye Candy, if you want to see young and handsome men, you should go to a fashion show. Just sayin’…
P.S. – 2018 will be the best year of Eurovision ever, both from organization and from competing songs.

Kyna
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Sorry for off topic, but lol OGAE Italy just broke the Israel 12 point streak, Italy knows what’s up.

IF
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OMG, yeah, Italy broke the streak – the menacing move by OGAE Italy!! Israel “only” won 10 points. Let me cause you more ulcer Kyna – if Israel gets 10 points from every country, it will wipe the whole competition away (along with you, incidentally). But on another note and “unrelated” as you said – we are all very moved by the sigh of relief you breathed with the Italian OGAE results:)

Kyna
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jesus calm down it’s just a poll. A clucking ain’t blow me by any means, why threat me at all? The polls doesn’t predict the winner anyways so take it easy mate.

Kyna
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ain’t blow me away*

Rory
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Kyna, is it me or these Israeli fans are getiing out of control?

Kyna
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You’re not the only one feeling this, it has been like that for awhile unfortunately…(ofc this doesn’t apply to all fans)

R
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So, where did their 12 points go to?…

Eve
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To Finland 😛
(just kiddin’, I don’t know)

LIL
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OGAE Italy:
12 – France
10 – Israel
8 – Greece
7 – Australia
6 – Austria
5 – Denmark
4 – Finland
3 – Belguim
2 – Estonia
1 – Bulgaria

Jo
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Italy was the only country that gave 12 points to Portugal last year, but ofc, they couldn’t give to themselves lmao.

Azaad
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As always, the comments section is getting ugly. It’s great to have a bonafide Portuguese music legend participate – Eurovision should be an opportunity to show off the host nation’s music scene.

alex
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fuk

alex
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Eurovision fans for me are split in categories
70 % of fans are gay, lesbian and fans of utterly stupid Rupaul drag poop

60 % of fans HATE creditable music for eg. Nobody But You, La Forza, A Matter of Time, Amar Pelo Dois etc.

40 % of fans (like me) LOVE creditable music.

Simon
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Wow Alex talk about Homophobic and stupid, you are all rolled into one!

Xilophone
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Let me tell you a secret:

You can love songs like “La Forza”, “Amar pelos Dois” or “Nobody but You” and also love songs like “Fuego”, “Verona” or “X my Heart”.
One thing doesn’t exclude the other

Simon
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100% correct, i know i do

Ethan1994
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Took the words right out of my mouth.

josh
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the internalised homophobia is REAL.

& why is your music taste any more ‘credible’ than someone elses?

Eve
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alex, that’s the most vain comment I’ve seen in a while, you sir, deserve an award, LMAO

Frisian esc
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I am gay, i appreciate amar pelos dois (and georgia is one of my faves) and i like fun songs like israel… I guess you can’t put me in a box xD

Jo
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Of those songs that you quoted, I only consider “Amar pelos Dois” creditable, the rest is pretty much average.

Hada
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Yes!!! Latin America represent!!!

I’m really excited to see Caetano and Salvador singing together and I’m glad I’ll get to see them live. You go, Portugal!

Rodrigo
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I’m still hoping for Michel Telo – Ai Se Eu Te Pego. Tell me he will be there too.

Viana do Castelo
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Michel Telo is corny hillbilly music

Sabrina
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Bernardo, I don’t mean to be rude, but allow me to make a correction. Caetano is a big bossa nova fan (and he had also sang it), but he’s actually the “tropicalismo’s king” (well, I guess he would have to share this throne with his friend Gilberto Gil). Anyway, he’s a big name of Brazilian music, it will be great to see he representing the country on Eurovision. And now we’ll have 2 Brazilian singers on this year’s contest. Too bad nobody pays attention to it here. I hope Caetano can help divulgating it a little bit, since he’s very… Read more »
Sabrina
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And let me add that Portugal had won doing their own thing and will host doing their own thing. Enjoy the music, the feelings and also the fireworks. There’s space for everybody on Eurovision.

Frisian esc
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I swear don’t you get tired of yourself?

Frisian esc
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Meant for the fast food guy btw

Victoria
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Caetano Veloso sooooooooo good.

Is he considered the biggest veteran star inside the portuguesphere? Kind of what Julio Iglesias is for us in the hispanic world.

Charles
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I wonder how many Eurovision fans who have not been able to listen to anything else but lip sync Britney Spears know who Caetano Veloso is … I mean they know who Rebecca Black is, but any adult with a toddler’s brain knows her … The contrast in this year’s Eurovision is beyond laughable: Portugal treating it like a serious musical event with respectful acts and performances … while the crowd is all Gay Pride screaming for the meaningless uptempo party-party Israeli chicken … well if Madonna can be 59 and act like a 20-year old something, I guess ESC… Read more »
Rory
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LOL.

Indeed (about RTP vs Gay Pride).

I am on the RTP side.

Xilophone
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Please don’t try to make it a “Gay Pride vs RTP”, this isn’t a black and white issue and it’s offensive to say that “lgbtq+” people only listen to Britney Spears or their clones. Said that I’m against this backlash, this year we have a great spectrum of music genres and that is what really matters, the Eurovision Song contest is a contest for many countries, cultures and music genres it isn’t (as many people seems to wish it was) the “MTV Music Awards”. And portugal is showing for their music scene, from the tradicional Mariza to the modern Branko.… Read more »
Roy Moreno
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Well, some people just can’t have fun
The clucking actually mean something, delivered in a fun way of clucking
Do you want Eurovision to be a contest full of depressed ballads?
People should also stop making a connection between the contest and LGBT people, it has no sense
Not all ESC fans are LGBT as not all LGBT people love Eurovision

Jonas
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Sorry Roy, the connection is valid. For too long, gay people were oppressed & repressed – in a sports-dominated hetero culture, the song contest gave some people a much needed outlet and “safe space”, and was way ahead of its time with regards to trans awareness, for example – Dana International educated us decades before Caitlyn Jenner got people talking. It’s postition in gay history & culture should be honored.

Joe
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I hate seeing people slagging off on Portuguese music and culture just because it isn’t as attuned to the typical Eurovision sensibility as, say, Sweden. If they’re hosting, they’re hosting THEIR way. It’s THEIR culture, and it’s just as valid as yours or any of the countries competing in the contest. If France was hosting, would you get mad at them for playing jazz? If Israel hosted, would you get mad that they wanted some klezmer? It’s local culture. The host city can’t just be a barren stage for Europop, they have to bring in the native flavor or else… Read more »
Charles
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Trip-hop, pop-rock, reggae, ethno-pop, post-hardcore metal, country rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop … These are genuine validated music genres who deserve all respect … Fast Food music is more of an attitude than a honest music style or gerne. It’s just a lazy way to say “I don’t want make any effort in doing anything good …” And good music is not what Fast Food music lovers are seeking … They just want to laugh at the faces of everybody who understands and appreciates better music. It’s like the worst student in class trying to ruin a party set up by… Read more »
Jonas
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I couldn’t agree more, Joe. Their is already too much cookie-cutter mentality with the show. The more the host broadcaster mixes it up, the better.

Gabriel
Guest

OMG!!!! Portugal, thank you for honoring our language and our historical connections by inviting one of the most important artists in Brazilian music scene! I know most people are familiar to Anitta, but way before her, we had much better artists (Caetano included).
MUITO obrigado, Portugal <3

Luz
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Caetano Veloso in Eurovision!!! Several times Grammy Winner and one of the greats of Brazilian and Latin American music. I couldn’t be more excited and the rest of the lineup is fantastic. I don’t understand why many fans are still upset that Salvador won with a song like Amar Pelos Dois. I don’t understand why they are upset with his comments about fast food music. While he could had convey the message differently, he has a valid point and his resounding victory is clear proof of that. I can’t believe that a year has passed and people are still very… Read more »
Charles
Guest

In your kitchen waiting for you to eat it and fatten up … so that you go to Lisbon with some extra pounds and diabetes who knows!

Poseidon.
Guest

Branko was part of Buraka Som Sistema, one of the most progressive bands in europe. Clearly fast food music but also very special anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpYR7ilLbfo

I’ll leave you with this. Enjoy some of the diversity you’ll be able to expect come May.

Luz
Guest

I was soooo happy when the news came out about DJ Brandon, because I love Buraka Som Sistema.

ImpressiveInstants
Guest

They should also bring somebody like Anitta or Ivete Sangalo to heat it up.

Charles
Guest

This is Eurovision and not Rock In Rio … so calm down! We already have an Israeli chicken doing the same thing Ivete Sangalo would be doing …

Joe
Guest

That’s a BIG get! Excited to see what he and Salvador have in store. It’s sure to be amazing!

Simon
Guest

I have the feeling Portugals whole production is going to be so up their own arse!
Real Music this Real Music that F-Off.

Simon
Guest

That is what i am hoping for aswell, also if we have another slow serious song win for another year the contest is going to get even more and more slow songs in it next year, like in the early 90’s when Ireland kept winning with ballads and it all got a bit boring!

Charles
Guest

You were way too busy in the 90s behind the bushes or at some random bathroom stall … how did you know what was happening in Eurovision in the early 90s if there were no drag queens or transsexuals winning it?

Simon
Guest

Wow the homopobes are out in force today!

Charles
Guest

Oh Simon Proctor … you still want crap like Copacabanana and Shaffla Shaffla to be in Eurovision so that you can have your moment … like a child still crying for that candy bar at the grocery’s store …

Charles
Guest

Yes, Fast Food we all know you were not able to go pass your 5th grade exam … you don’t have to feel so bitter and intimidated by anything that is cognitively and culturally way above you!

SweetestJane
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You are all mixing concepts. When Salvador said “fast food music” he did not mean that all the upbeat musics were trash an slow were good. Actually is favourite song from the competition was “ocidentalis Karma”, By fast food music he means poor lazy music , that is not good neither in content nor in melody, nor in interpretation. Look at last year greece, where all the music had was scenario and the girsl could not hit the notes. So if Netta wins, I am sure he will consider it interesting…she is not very different from the artist he is.… Read more »
Andrea
Guest

Wow!

Miguel
Guest

I was expecting him. I mean he’s my all-time favorite portuguese-speaking artist.

Un grande, as we say in Spain.