Conan Osíris will represent Portugal at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with his song “Telemóveis”. It’s a daring mix of genres that draws from the Iberian nation’s rich traditional music, but with its eyes set on the future. We dare you to define it.
To reach Eurovision, Conan had to win Portugal’s national selection Festival da Canção. Sixteen songs competed for the honour and Osíris emerged victorious, winning first place with both the juries and the televote — an accomplishment that not even Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral was able to achieve. Could it signal that great things are to come?
From his golden arrows to the body glitter to that death-dropping dancer, Conan’s outré performance is weirdly gripping and has left plenty of Eurofans asking some big questions.
To help you get to the bottom of the man behind that stage show, we’re pleased to present 10 facts about Conan Osíris. Let’s do this!
1. He has a phobia of balloons
Conan is quite a dark and other-worldly performer. So you’d think that he is as fearless off stage as he is on. Yet while Conan is happy to dial in on the dead with his song, he’s less keen about balloons. That’s right. When he comes across inflatable rubbers he loses his mind. Thank god he ain’t performing at Melodifestivalen! Luckily, they prefer to drop confetti at Eurovision.
2. He draws inspiration while washing the dishes
Being iconic is not for everyone and if you try to be iconic you’ll fail. You either are or you’re not. Some artists need silence and concentration to dive into their emotions. Others, like Conan, need to wash the dishes to kickstart the creative process. Crazy? Yes. Relatable? Totally. How many times have people used these dull moments to unleash fierce feelings?
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3. He has a collection of stuffed animals
It’s commonplace to say that the child in you never dies — no matter what your age. People like Tiago Miranda (Conan’s real name) take that very seriously. His new obsession? Creating a collection of stuffed toys. Because why not? As you can see below, even young Tiago knew how to cook up a good idea.
4. He stated a degree in graphic design but never finished it
This one might explain why visuals and an appreciation for art come through so clearly in his work. Image and design were always a part of Tiago’s life. Even as a youngster he experimented with fashion and crafting “a look”. And that’s still true, even if he doesn’t have a fancy piece of paper to prove it. Here’s a snap of him turning out.
5. He gets mad when it’s raining or when he’s hungry
Been there, done that. Rain makes most people moody and hunger can “destroy” friendships. Fair warning to everyone working with catering in Tel Aviv — get Conan Osíris his meal at proper times or you’ll feel his wrath.
6. His first job was working in Lisbon’s oldest sex shop
It may seem like an irrelevant curiosity about Conan’s profile and personality, but it’s one of the most interesting. Working in a sex shop allowed the Portuguese star to study and understand humanity’s deepest and most private desires. It also taught Osíris how to eradicate judgement from his life. Because, let’s be honest, the last thing you want in a sex shop is a judgy salesperson.
7. He is a Pokémon lover
Tiago Miranda is part of the first generation which experienced the gaming revolution that was Pokémon. While for most of his life he was part of the minority, we’re sure he is part of the majority on this topic. He even knows the level in which the Pokémon Bulbasaur evolves. That’s devotion!
8. Milk is his drink of choice
When you go out with friends you might order coffee, maybe an alcoholic beverage or even a free alcohol cocktail. But it’s rather strange if you ask for milk. Well, Conan Osíris is all about being strange in this regard. He doesn’t drink alcohol and he doesn’t smoke. His fixation for ordering milk at bars is the perfect excuse for his friends to make fun of him — in all the right ways.
9. His stage name is inspired by a Japanese anime series
This one most of you probably already know. His stage name, Conan Osíris, is inspired by the Japanese Miyazaky anime series Future Boy Conan. Most interestingly, the premise of said series is connected with the supposed end of the world. In a weird way, you can make a connection between this and the song “Telemóveis”.
10. He thought Matay, NBC or Calema would win Festival da Canção
He wasn’t alone in this. While international Eurovision fans were sure Conan would win Festival da Canção, Portuguese fans reserved their celebrations until the very last minute. Like them, Conan thought the jury and televote would go for a more mainstream or traditional song. We’re glad they did not.
Are you excited to see Conan Osíris bring “Telemóveis” to life in Tel Aviv? Did you LOL at some of his curiosities? Tell us in the comments.