She’s the pink haired singer who won over the Portuguese public to win Festvial da Cancao. Now, Cláudia Pascoal knows where she’ll be performing from to try and do the same with Europe.
She’ll perform “O Jardim” from the 8th spot in the Eurovision 2018 Grand Final.
The draw for Portugal was made, as is tradition, during the Head of Delegation Meeting. Portugal is the only country to draw its final position at random, as per the rules for the host country.
This is to stop any unfair advantage, as host broadcaster RTP gets to decide the rest of the running order. All’s fair in love and Eurovision, y’all!
Cláudia Pascoal — “O Jardim” (Interview)
Last year, Joci Pápai was the 8th act on stage in Kyiv. He went on to then finish 8th with “Origo” — though it’s fair to say there’s a fair difference between his entry and Claudia’s!
In fact, 8th is not a bad draw in recent years: both Poli Genova (in 2016) and Bojana Stamenov (in 2015) finished in the top ten as well. It’s been some time since the draw last won, though – Dana International’s “Diva” in 1998.
The Head of Delegation meeting has also revealed details of the Eurovision 2018 press centre. The assorted press from Europe, Australia and beyond will be housed in the Pavilhão de Portugal, a short walk away from the Altice Arena.
Also to be confirmed in the HoD meeting are the submissions of all 43 entries, as well as more details about preparations for the three live shows. Keep your eyes peeled on wiwibloggs for more information as it comes out.
What do you think of Cláudia’s draw? Do you think that Portugal could pull off a back-to-back victory after all? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.