Red and green: The colours of the Portuguese flag.

And today they formed the predominant theme of Portugal’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019.

Conan Osíris has dispensed with his golden beard, instead embracing Portugal’s national colours, in a green satin look with the red rose backdrop we’re familiar with.

At times the stage felt almost too dark, with nothing to soften the contrast between the greens and the reds in the staging.

The backing dancer has the same choreography as before, and includes the death drop, but Conan did not perform his moves in every run through.

Vocally this hit all the right notes, with no issues there, but the overall package needs work.

Things have been reined in since Festival da Cancao which makes it feels less incongruous.

However it feels as though the approach to cutting elements from the national final has been a little heavy-handed.

The final run through featured new camera angles which have helped, but more lighting in second rehearsals will help elevate this.

Sonically well put together, but the performance needs a bit more work. But that after all is what first rehearsals for: Testing things out and setting a benchmark to perfect from.

Conan Osíris — “Telemóveis”: Reviews and Reactions

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pooky1001
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pooky1001

Conan live on instagram tonight answering questions from the fans, love, love love this man, so sweet and funny, awesome guy.

Kev'
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Kev'

Ya liked it too. He is really great indeed

Kev'
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Kev'

As I read somewhere and was really true I wonder :
Are we talking about a SONGcontest or a dress up party??!
The song must be the most important here and not all the crazy stuff around rehearsals (20 seconds please!), a color fit or a staging!
Of course staging is a plus but what matters th most is the song! Without a good song staging is useless!
Conan has a great song, a masterpiece and I am sure we will have a great show!
Conan deserves the final!

Sophie
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Sophie

You made my words. Love Conan and I have faith

sarouan
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sarouan

Well Eurovision is a show and if the singer looks like a big christmas tree that won’t do it…Please Conan, tell us that was just a prank !

emilie
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emilie

Please a little more imagination sarouan “christamas tree” repeated times too much… just annoying. But it’s ok… if clothing is the only thing people have to criticize is because they are on a good path?… a good show doesn’t mean just cloths, colours or fireworks

sarouan
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sarouan

Oh c’mon, this outfit is awful ! it completely ruins the performance and i’m so sad, Conan Osiris is still in my top 3 but now i fear he won’t pass the semi final

sarouan
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sarouan

but let’s wait for the second rehearsal 🙂

raul
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raul

i think, both. else just play the music at spotify and forget the festival …. here the dancer adds a lot of the representation for people that dont speak portugues…

Kev'
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Kev'

Yap let’s feel the musis and see what happens. I am sure Conan wil not disappoint us

Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho

@ovicissitudes
1 minHá 1 minuto
Mais
Betting sites saying that @ConanOsiris_ will not achieve the final. How can we let that happen?! @Eurovision A masterpiece does not deserve this!

rual
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rual

perhaps he wont win, but he will go to the finals for sure….i think…

Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho
Anne
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Anne

You could have chosen another photo, Wiwibloggs!

Hada
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Hada

I love this song and I liked the rehearsal, although there’s a lot to improve. But I hope they change what is needed to change, and the juries and televotes appreciate the artistry. Portugal really, really deserves to be in the final.

J B
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J B

Couldn’t agree more. Seize the opportunity and make the necessary changes. Bring back the iconic gold beard for starters!

Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho

When is the second rehersal?

Anita
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Anita

I liked the black and gold from there first performance https://www.instagram.com/p/BvMjyOMgS6m/ and this: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw2LS6HHRMw/

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Yes, I would go for that option too…

J B
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J B

Me too! The black and gold was best!

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Is there no interview of Conan?…

Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho

No.

J B
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J B

BRING BACK THE GOLD BEARD!

J B
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J B

AND THE BLACK OUTFITS!

J B
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J B

AND THE ARROW HANDS!

Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho

It seems this will be the final outfit. The changes will be very few.

J B
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J B

How do you know?

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Great choices on the costumes. Really looking forward to this performance.

Candy
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Candy

They look like exotic houseplants.

J B
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J B

I am going to name my giant cactus ‘Conan.’ Lol!

lol wut
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lol wut

I don’t hate the green outfit. I actually really like it. Just the background needs to change to complement the outfit better. I do prefer the white or black outfit better tho

J B
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J B

I love this song and this artist! But something has gone seriously wrong! Portugal’s first rehearsal performance has gone backwards both visually and artistically. Don’t like the new costume, nor the new beard mask, and no arrow hands! This is an unusual song and not to everybody’s taste – but it’s magnificently original and is helped by amazing artistry. The new direction is not helping though! Bring back the gold mask for starters! Change the clothing. It’s not the colour – it’s the clothes which are just not flattering.

Yana
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Yana

Agree, it’s not about the color, it’s about the costume itself. I love Conan so much, but his outfit reminds a turtle!

ydan
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ydan

This is not Portuguese flag, is Pa les tin ian flag. Boycott.

Tibor
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Tibor

I assure you, no one will not qualify because of the colour of their wardrobe. Portugal is still a sure qualifier.

J B
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J B

I hope you’re right!

Tibor
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Tibor

I had sixteen out of twenty qualifiers last year. And I would have had seventeen if I had trusted my own judgement. 😉

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

I so hope you are right, but I see a lot of negativity and disinterest around it…

Tibor
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Tibor

Yeah, but remember that Netta also got a lot of negativity after her first rehearsal last year, and she still won. The fandom has its own dynamic, I don’t say ignore it, but you should factor in that it’s a very specific group that tends to practice a bit of navel-gazing. Just trust the wiwi-team: They don’t like the outfit as much as the one in FdC, but nobody said Conan’s staging was bad. And it’s still the same song and the same charismatic performer. And most of the viewers don’t know the FdC outfit, so they have nothing to… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

Yeah but Bernardo form Portugal was very depressed in the reaction video about it.

Tibor
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Tibor

Yes, Anita, but he still said it wasn’t bad and he was disappointed because he kept comparing it to the FdC performance. Almost no one will be able to make this comparison on the night, so it’s not really relevant for the outcome. We should have faith in Conan. 🙂

J B
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J B

Hopefully he will have a few more surprises to pull out the bag. Fingers crossed they are good ones…

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

I guess you make some good points… Thanks Tibor. Regardless of the nationality of this song, I really whish it will pass to the Final and I am getting nervous about it…

J B
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J B

I feel exactly the same! It has a good chance of qualifying but they need to make really good choices so the finished product is as good as it can possibly be. We just want the best for them…

Tibor
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Tibor

Thank you, l’oiseau. In my experience song and vocal delivery are the biggest factors for the success of an entry. Staging, styling and camerawork can influence but won’t break a great performance neither will they elevate a trashy song to be a winner. There will always be bad surprises, but they’re not as frequent as people seem to think. And in this last phase right before Eurovision, the fandom tends to focus excessively on staging – which is understandable, because we all know the songs for several months now . But that is just not the case for the vast… Read more »

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Thanks for your positive aitutude Tibor. The Portuguese fan community is getting really nervous and pessimistic about Conan’s chances. So it good to to read an outside perspective 😉

Kev'
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Kev'

Finally! Thank you Tibor! I could more agree! The negativity since sunday around Conan’s song is just annoying! We do have here a good song and a great artist who will prove he has his place in the final!

Tibor
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Tibor

I will tell you the same thing I said about Eugent Bushpepa last year: Quality is quality. I defy anyone to tell me which 10 other entries the juries should put above this in semi 1. And it’s so cool, the televote will also get behind this. There is just no way that it will stay in the semi, heck, there is probably no way that this will finish outside the top 10 in the Grand final.

J B
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J B

You were saying….

Miguel
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Miguel

Honestamente, solo un continente hueco y cargado de,prejuicios, actuando de una forma conservadora domesticada y conformista ( lo que siempre se ha etiquetado de las candidaturas portuguesas) … no valoraría lo que presume … Europa perdió su filosofía ante el espejo? La Europa que no vio magia en Sobral y le parecía aburrido ahora es la misma que es incapaz de comprender identidad de Osiris, Sobral encajó en un voto mayoritario y la lastima es que osiris no es tan digerible para el gran público, depende más de la prensa especializada, eurofans valentía de los jurados y gente de profesiones… Read more »

Niky
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Niky

Palabras muy ciertas.
You’ve said the right words .

Anita
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Anita

To be honest, this costume looks rediculous – and this green just screams that it is against them . Conan showed such great taste before this. Maybe they only wanted to make a joke and never planed to use it at the show, at least I hope so.

Anita
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Anita

P.S. I love the song and their performance.

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Much prefer the white or black outfits from NF semis

Anita
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Anita

Mee too.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I always thought about Conan as one of those performers that are so passionate about fashion that would probably take 2 or 3 different looks to try on during rehearsals. I hope I’m right about it, because I don’t like the green outfits at all. Green and red is not an easy combination to work with. The background looks good, but I agree it needs better lighting. Also, it seems they’re still struggling with camera angles. Time to work hard, RTP.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

I’m so sad about those outfits. Bernardo from wiwi talked with the delegation and apparently they’re not changing them 🙁

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Well, even if they hadn’t travelled with more outfits, there’s still time to get them. All the problems here are easy to solve, as long of course they see them as problems. The cold reaction about the rehearsal may change their minds.

pooky1001
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pooky1001

With regards to the outfit, this song is Conans “baby”, he wrote and composed it and is the artistic creation behind it all, im sure if he feels the outfit doesnt work he will change it despite what the Portuguese delegation say.

J B
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J B

It makes Conan look too chunky. The black beard makes him look chubby. Just spoils the aesthetics.

Caliope
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Caliope

At least this is gonna be the most memeable performance of the night haha yeah, rtp is always set on their ways, so joke is on them. Ultra nationalism is not cute, this is just a complete nonsense

Miguel
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Miguel

El comentario más memorable de asociar el verde a la bandera y no a otra sugerencias más subliminales y sublimes, o algunas tan obvias como el tallo hojas de una rosa…. y si! Es un disparate

Caliope
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Caliope

meh roses can be of all colors. If you decide to do a red flower with green outfits in your Portuguese presentation, that is not a subliminal message with a subtle or hidden meaning. Anyway, saludos a Espana! Love you guys

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I don’t know what was their intention, but I really think the outfit from Festival da Canção’s final will make Conan pop much more in front of the roses. And if they insist on using green, they have lights for that too.

Miguel
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Miguel

Es que el tallo de la rosa es lo,obvio y más obvio que una bandera, el subliminal trabateko tu yo ya me trabajé el mío, saludos igualmente

Miguel
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Miguel

El tallo de las rosas siempre es verde , no hace falta gastar más saliva no? O si?

Tilo
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Tilo

Exactly

Jubi
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LOL…wheres the “ultra-nationalism” here?
Your comment is a complete nonsense….

Tilo
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Tilo

It is just a coincidence that they chose red and green. It has nothing to do with the national flag. Anyway, Portugal is not a ultranationist country. We have more of those in Europe…

Jubi
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Barbara Dex awards for Portugal again?
This will be the outfit/costume?
Usually Portugal never use the official costume in the first rehearsal….

Tilo
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Tilo

Portugal only had once the Barbara Dex Award and that was in 2006. So what are you talinking about. Anyway, Verka Serduchka also had the award and is still one of the most notable performances ever. So, don’t be such a hater.

Jubi
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They already won once..if they win again its again. Again means again
By the way in 2005 Portugal was again among the worst costumes
Wheres the hate???????????? Are you nervous? Or you´re a lier? Theres no hate att all in my comment
get a life

Tilo
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Tilo

Portugal only won the award in 2006. So shut up.

Caliope
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Caliope

Hating the outfit. It doesn’t look good at all, very tacky

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Makes Conan look fat

Candy
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Candy

To be fair, Conan really is a bit stocky, especially when compared to his lean athletic dancer Joao, but he looks great. It’s just that the weird green robe doesn’t suit him. I noticed that he likes to wear loose-fitting clothing, but why can’t it be something like the black robe he wore during the press conference?

Alkisti
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Alkisti

Sorry, that is not true at all. Conan is also very lean. He has broad shoulders and he is actually very elegant phiscially. His outfits don’t let that see it, though. I agree that this outfits makes him less elegant.

J B
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J B

He’s a great looking guy. The green is a beautiful green. The outfit has beautiful pleats. But they just don’t work together. Somehow, the combination detracts from the individual elements and the overall effect is worse.

J B
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J B

It does – and the black beard does too! Bad choices. Let’s hope these are corrected.

raul
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raul

is very conan i thik, very out of the box esthetic. i do like it. i only think it does not pop up with the red background.

Ana
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Ana

I love the new outfit. Stop criticizing our artist… Go conan

J B
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J B

It’s for his own good!

RockMe
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RockMe

Please wiwi guys suggest to the portuguese delegation to change the outfit back to NF feathers and golden accessories

Miguel
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Miguel

No eran plumas, eran flecos de un traje tradicional de carnaval reinventado

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Man, I’m really missing those national final outfits… they were so perfect…. I’d already associated the golden beard and white feathery look with the song…it became iconic to me….

In my opinion, he should’ve changed absolutely nothing and what he had at the NF was already perfect

J B
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J B

You are SO right!

Geo
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Geo

Excelent! This is pure Art! The staging, choreography and the way he is dressed…Different and artistic..

Komentator
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Komentator

Costume is a big NOOO!!!Where is a metal mask on the face???

J B
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J B

The black beard mask doesn’t work. It makes his face look fat. Bring back the iconic gold one!

Fanesc
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Fanesc

I’m portuguese…and haven’t words, I’m so sad I think that will to cry…the music is brilliant, One masterpiece..but the staging is the total tragedy. Ah, excuse me, I have three words: Fuc* you RtP!

Luis Godinho
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Luis Godinho

Please.. this is just the first rehearsal!

Whisker
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Whisker

There is hope. Maybe they’ll change the outfits.

Alex
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Alex

they will not, unfortunately 🙁

J B
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J B

They are making a BIG mistake.

J B
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J B

Know how you feel!

Mark Dowd
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Mark Dowd

“Red and Green should never be seen. ”
Reminds me of the triangular shaped choccy in the Quality Street box. “

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

His performance reminds me of Christmas now….he should’ve kept his white outfit…

Miguel
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Miguel

My personal winner

Alex
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Alex

My favorite song..I had high expectations for this..even to win it all..Such a disappointment they are keeping the dreadful green costumes. It lost it’s edge.

RockMe
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RockMe

It’s my winner but I agree…the NF performance was perfect.

Alex
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Alex

shame the Portuguese delegation cannot see that

Miguel
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Miguel

La realización es más relevante que el traje,,,, que es tan difícil y creativo como el resto de la candidatura …. no le favorece físicamente simplemente ,,,, pero ese punto orgánico camaleónico y renacentista es una fantasía de una obra de arte e intuyo que irás viendo varios trajes…. y añadidos a la performance vista…. que solo es una base

Alex
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Alex

You are missing the point here Miguel. We comment and say our opinion as we love the song. At least I talk about myself. The costume is not so important on different type of songs but for this song it was important. It had an edge and people could see the artistic side. It is so easy to change something from ART to FART. Conan looks like he squeezed in a size S but he wears size L. Also the dancer cannot show the fluidity of his dance as his legs are covered. Such a shame. It was my favourite… Read more »

J B
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J B

You’re so right!

Miguel
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Miguel

Si estoy de acuerdo que los flecos del traje de carnaval blanco y negro potenciarán la movilidad visual de joao bailando, aunque tb es cierto que en este ensayo bailo de forma conservadora para no lesionarse. Personalmente prefería otro vestuario , pero insisto que nadie gana o pierde por un traje, es más relevante la realización de tv…. sigue siendo una canción que da una bofetada muy fuerte a muchas cosas y que en cualquier momento pude dar la sorpresa. Yo estoy siguiendo el esc de hecho por causa de osiris como en 2017 hice lo propio con Sobral. Ambos… Read more »

pooky1001
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pooky1001

Wow, for me personally, this just keeps getting better. I love the red and green colours, Conan nails the singing and he looks much more calm and relaxed on the stage. I think they have worked very hard to bring something different to the competition and its all looking good and the song for me is pure perfection.

ESC 2019
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What is this. Its bad

emilie
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emilie

Love it!

Roger Rabbit
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Roger Rabbit

Lets be honest .was just horrible .I dont see Portugal a Q.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

If only they could go back to the white outfits.. I’m not into this weird green dress at all 🙁

Whisker
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Whisker

I absolutely love the red and green combination. That outfit makes him look fat. I love the orientalness in the background.

Whisker
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Whisker

And his face gear, it is supposed to show-up on TV?

J B
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J B

The black face mask just gets lost…

Pabs
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Pabs

Winner of the worse entry goes to Portugal

Elsa
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Elsa

Wors based on what sorry? You probably cannot count until 20 let alone analyse music and performance.

Miguel
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Miguel

Tu premio no es relevante….. aunque sigue dándolo y comentandolo….. haces crecer la candidatura, gracias por tu colaboración altruista

Elsa
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Elsa

People worried about the outfits, I mean Telemoveis is a bloody masterpiece. If one cannot understand it beyond white or green costumes, well, there is a problem and it is not about styling…

Miguel
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Miguel

touchée

J B
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J B

Yes it’s a masterpiece, but visuals are incredibly important. Look how they have elevated the Australian song!

Greg
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Greg

The “Wearing Green” curse is going to strike again? Kristina Pelakova is still shook.

oli
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oli

I love it!

NickC
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NickC

Another head scratcher for me…

Minerva
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Minerva

This is one of the acts we are going to remember for a long time. I’m looking forward to watching the full dress rehearsal closer to the semi-final. I can’t decide if I like it or not yet…

Zuzia
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Zuzia

Could be a shocking non-qualifier…

Ezal
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Ezal

that wouldn’t be shocking

All Wei
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All Wei

the new emarald green dresses dont work for me, preffered the white coloured costumes they used in the national finals and the released vid!

Peters
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Peters

That outfit is dreadful! And people thought Australia would win Barbera Dex Award prior today. What are you thinking, Portugal?

Denis
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Denis

Where are the claws?

J B
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J B

…AND the iconic gold mask… ?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

There is something I would change for this one: the lighting. I’m not an expert in lighting, so I am hoping the lighting experts can see what I can see – too much dark shades going on.
Other than that, everything was awesome. This song stands out on its own. Best of luck to Conan and Portugal. x

Whisker
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Whisker

Don’t worry, you’re an expert in everything else

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Am I? Oh the pressure 😛

Miguel
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Miguel

Veo que tu eres experto en expertos

Yana
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Yana

He is perfect!! If so many people doesn’t like the outfit already or the back screen effect it’s can be change, that’s why it call rehearsal. As for me, Conan’s look it’s about combination street style and avantgarde, and here i need more street style, a bit brutal than avantgarde. Vocal was amazing, even upgraded. His moves as well. They will make everything right, just maybe everybody still in the national finals effect! My winner !!!

Lolo
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Lolo

Most powerful nominee for Barbara Dex award