Leonor Andrade has won Festival da Canção with her song “Há um mar que nos separa” and will represent Portugal in Vienna.
The young singer brought some sassy rock energy to the Festival with her pop-rock song “Há um mar que nos separa” (“There’s a sea that separates us”). It’s a big change from last year’s winner, Suzy’s summery “Quero Ser Tua”.
Leonor came second in our recent poll, with 25% of you picking her as your favourite. She was the third favourite amongst the wiwi jury, with an average score of 5.62/10. “Há um mar que nos separa” earned mixed reviews from the wiwi jury, with praise for Leonor’s soulful voice, but noting that the song lacked the wow factor.
Leonor joined Teresa Radamanto and Gonçalo Tavares in the competition’s superfinal. Wiwi jury and poll favourites Yola Dinis and Simone de Oliveira didn’t progress any further – but that’s just the Portuguese way.
Portugal haven’t qualified for the grand final since 2010. Did the Portuguese audience made the right call? Can Leonor’s rock style break that unlucky streak?