The pressure on the host nation to deliver at Eurovision is real. Riding a wave of joy following their first Eurovision win, Portuguese fans want to keep a good thing going. And today Cláudia Pascoal and Isaura did them proud with an atmospheric performance that tugged on heartstrings through simplicity.
Cláudia is in a world of her own in this performance as the camera zooms in tight, showing her manifold expressions, gorgeous eyes and bright pink hair. Behind her we see gorgeous lanterns that provide warm accents, reflecting the love and fond memories that her character has for her deceased grandmother. It’s incredibly straightforward and it is. And that gives this performance a clarity of vision that’s easy to access and take in.
Vocally she nailed this. Her voice carried strength and vulnerability in equal measure, leaving us craving for more.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (Andres Putting)