Portuguese singer Rui Andrade, who joined the Tolmachevy Sisters on the Eurovision stage as backing vocalist this year, wants to prove that he can make it on his own as well. His audition for X Factor Portugal proves that he has what it takes to win: the voice, the looks and that extra something that any artist needs to succeed – audience appeal.

Rui chose to impress the four judges with the song “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. After his dramatic performance, he got one no (received with boos by the live audience) and three yes-es, which means that he will advance to the next round.

Rui Andrade was very modest on stage, although he had all the reasons not to be. After finishing third three times in Festival Da Canção (Portugal’s national selection for Eurovision) and sharing the stage with Russia’s twin sisters this year, we were surprised to learn that the singer is auditioning like any beginner for a talent show. However, this is not an entirely new trend: only last week, Aliona Moon from Moldova auditioned for the talent show Voice of Romania.

We wish Rui Andrade all the best on his X Factor journey and we hope to see him back on the Eurovision stage, preferrably representing Portugal next time. Until then, here is an encore of this year’s attempt to represent his home country with the ballad “Ao teu encontro”:

Photo: sic.sapo.pt/factorx

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Grifit
Grifit
7 years ago

mmmm… I didn’t like this performance, and I was a supporter in the last national final, but I’m with the judge, there was no emotion and it seemed he was just screaming, but still I have faith on his talent I know he is a great singer

francESCa
francESCa
7 years ago

Hi Charles 🙂
No, Rui Andrade is not famous here in Portugal. If I ask to my family and friends if they know who he is, they won’t know!!
So, he received one NO, because that judge thought he sang it without soul.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

What was the reason for the no, by the way? I’m curious to find out if it’s because he’s already had substantial TV time in the country.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Was I the only person who enjoyed his performance and song in the national final? He doesn’t sound bad at all in the X Factor audition, either. I really like the tonality of his voice.

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

This makes absolutely no sense on his part. He IS known even if he hasn’t recorded albums or even if he is not a famous singer … his face is quite familiar to the portuguese audiences … As far as I know from people who witnessed the audition, he sucked big time and got a very harsh criticism from the show’s judges … which does not surprise me: his 1-octave 1-key expressionless voice already says everything to me .. in the least positive way. However, he has conquered a place among Eurovision fans … as a heartthrob or a desired… Read more »

MTD
MTD
7 years ago

It seems that his decision (to be on the X) is not understandable from West’s point of view, but both Portugal & Moldova (Aliona Moon) has crappy music stages and financial difficulties in all areas of public life, so maybe these shows are the best for them to reach a deal about some music contract or to level up their overall presence. If someone has fan-base in the Eurovision world, it may not have it among the others. Beside all of these facts, it was not long ago (couple of weeks ago, tbh), when Wiwi published a post about the… Read more »

Branko
Branko
7 years ago

I thought he was already famous in Portugal?

Ggmlr
7 years ago

Ugh no.. Why he has to do this?

Helder
Helder
7 years ago

Rui Drumond (Portugal 2005) won The Voice Portugal.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Wow, lol. He already is a singer, actually a good one. It is going to be great to see him and Aliona in the talent show’s stages.
Btw, (out of this topic), in the official facebook fan page of Festivali i Kenges, they shared a status about Vienna and the national selection. So maybe Albania is now confirmed?