The Black Mamba

The wait is over in Portugal. Broadcaster RTP ushered in the grand final of Festival da Canção 2021 from its studios in Lisbon. Eurovision 2018 host Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim oversaw the show that culminated with The Black Mamba winning the ticket to Eurovision 2021 with their song “Love is on my side”.

After an intense voting sequence that saw Carolina Deslandes top the jury vote with “Por um triz” and NEEV as the televote favourite with “Dancing in the stars”, The Black Mamba came out on top with 20 points — 10 from the jury and 10 from the televote.

There was a tie between Carolina Deslandes and The Black Mamba, but as the group won the most votes from the public, they are taking the ticket to Rotterdam.

“Love is on my side” was not a favourite among wiwibloggs’ readers. They placed ninth out of ten in our grand final poll, with 3.78% of the votes.

Festival da Canção 2021 – The Voting

Since 2017, the jury format remains the same for the Grand Final. Seven panels of juries represent the five regions of mainland Portugal plus the island of Azores and the island of Madeira.

The song with most votes is awarded the famous 12 points. The song in last place with the jury is awarded three points. The same format is used in the televote — three points for the least favourite song and 12 to the favourite.

Festival da Canção 2021 – Overall results

  1. The Black Mamba – “Love is on my side” (20 points)
  2. Carolina Deslandes – “Por um triz” (20 points)
  3. NEEV – “Dancing in the stars” (17 points)
  4. Sara Afonso – “Contramão” (13 points)
  5. Valéria – “Na mas profunda saudade” (10 points)
  6. Karetus ft. Romeu Bairos – “Saudade” (10 points)
  7. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar” (9 points)
  8. EU.CLIDES – “Volte face” (9 points)
  9. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar” (5 points)
  10. Fábia Maia – “Dia lindo” (3 points)

Portugal Festival da Canção

Festival da Canção 2021 – Jury results

  1. Carolina Deslandes – “Por um triz” (67 points)
  2. The Black Mamba – “Love is on my side” (63 points)
  3. Sara Afonso – “Contramão” (55 points)
  4. EU.CLIDES – “Volte face” (47 points)
  5. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar” (44 points)
  6. NEEV – “Dancing in the stars” (38 points)
  7. Karetus ft. Romeu Bairos – “Saudade” (29 points)
  8. Valéria – “Na mas profunda saudade” (28 points)
  9. Fábia Maia – “Dia lindo” (19 points)
  10. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar” (16 points)

Festival da Canção 2021 – Televote results

  1. NEEV – “Dancing in the stars”
  2. The Black Mamba – “Love is on my side”
  3. Carolina Deslandes – “Por um triz”
  4. Valéria – “Na mas profunda saudade”
  5. Karetus ft. Romeu Bairos – “Saudade”
  6. Sara Afonso – “Contramão”
  7. Pedro Gonçalves – “Não vou ficar”
  8. Joana Alegre – “Joana do mar”
  9. EU.CLIDES – “Volte face”
  10. Fábia Maia – “Dia lindo”

What do you think of tonight’s results? Are you happy with the outcome? How do you think Portugal will fair at Eurovision 2020? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Nils
Nils
1 month ago

i feel like his nasal tina-turner-voice might put a lot of people off. other than that, the song just isn’t anything special.

yet i’d still like to give a shoutout to portugal. ever since their return, they have served the contest with nothing but genuine, truly artistic entries. at this point, they seem to be the only nation except for italy and georgia, that wouldn’t even serve us with cheap industrial paint-by-numbers songs if they were held at gunpoint. we really should appreciate that.

EurofanSF
EurofanSF
1 month ago

What do the lyrics mean?
‘Left?home?when I was only sweet sixteen
Chasing blind love and a bunch of broken dreams
Don’t know how I thought I’d be a queen‘

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago
Reply to  EurofanSF

It is about a woman they met in the Netherlands a couple of years ago. She came from Eastern Europe and has had a hard life, drugs, prostitution, though always believing “love in on her side”

avner
avner
1 month ago

What message did Karetus have on his jacket? That reveal moment just made the whole performance odd.

Raquel Inês
Raquel Inês
1 month ago
Reply to  avner

“Não vires as costas à cultura” which translates to “Don’t turn your back on culture”

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago
Reply to  avner

Don’t turn your back on culture

Elaine Tsialafos
Elaine Tsialafos
1 month ago

I think Love is on My Side is perfect! I enjoyed it so much. The singing is great. I loved the music. Bravo!

Naomi
Naomi
1 month ago

FDC need to ditch the juries. All they’ve done for two years running is sabotage the fave for no good reason.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  Naomi

“The jury doesn’t like the same as I do, they should be ditched”. I prefer not to further describe this behaviour.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tony
Henrique
Henrique
1 month ago
Reply to  Naomi

Fun fact: If we had ditched the juries, Salvador Sobral wouldn’t have won in 2017 and Portugal wouldn’t have won Eurovision (as the song that won the popular vote was terrible).

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago

Lloooved it from the beginning even though i m the biggest carolina deslandes fan..I admit i was really surprised it won because i thought portugese people would nneeeevvveer vote for a song in english. That’s so not typical portugese eurovision. But it’s just perfect.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago

Frankly, this year’s portugese selection was one one of the best. I think black mamba, sara, neev or even joana would really not have been ridiculous and have a place in final. And i m the biggest carolina deslandes fan soo… Im still happy with the result and i think they will totally slay. I remember they were first to sing during their semi final and i said «  ooohh : that’s a really impressive start. If every act is like that it’s going to be a good year! »

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

I am really surprised that this won, this never even crossed my mind as a possible favourite to win FdC. But it’s not an unpleasant song. I just don’t really see this standing out in Rotterdam.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

I agree i was surprised because i thought portugese people would neeevvver vote for a song in english. But i loved it. And i ´ m happy it won and hope it will totally slay !

Anhel
Anhel
1 month ago

Kinda sounds like a non-qualifier to me

Jorge Fernandes
Jorge Fernandes
1 month ago

Let me tell you this: Yesterday, after the end of Festival da Canção, Tatanka told us about the story about this song and everybody felt a «wow» about it: his has met an old Lady in Amesterdam in 2018 when he´ve lived there. Her life was very hard (including drugs and, because of that, prostitution) but she said that Love was always by her side. Two years later, Tatanka was invited to perform at Festival da Canção. And guess what? He wins with The Black Mamba. That means that he´ll sing her ife in Amsterdam 3 years after they’ve met.… Read more »

Julian
Julian
1 month ago

It´s Rotterdam.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago

Wish them all the luck in Rotterdam, i think they will totally slay.

Doesn't matter, b****
Doesn't matter, b****
1 month ago

You know what, I believe the televote was rigged. I’m not saying that Neev didn’t win the televote but I’m saying that it’s like impossible for TBM to have won more votes then Carolina Deslandes or Karetus. Their song was very unpopular compared to Carolina and Karetu’s which were in Portugal’s trends. It feels like something is wrong here and I blame RTP, because, as a portuguese, I know how the portuguese people sometimes are, giving credit to the friends. I don’t believe they won all those points from the televote.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago

When people don’t like a result, they look for anything to blame. Perhaps the many more fanbase of Carolina didn’t pick up the phone to vote. Those who don’t like the rules would better not watch.

Raquel Inês
Raquel Inês
1 month ago

I’m portuguese as well but i don’t believe the televote was rigged. My father for example, dosen’t have any social media and voted for Black Mamba, we just think is weird because almost everybody in the eurovision world was rotting for NEEV (including me).

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago

I have a theory about that! I don’t think it was corruption, ofc. I think that some Carolina fan base were Neev’s song supporters! The Black Mamba on the other hand attracted the vote of older people who do not listen to neither Carolina nor Neev.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Wiwibloggs, special wiwibuff request: give us an interview with The Black Mamba soonish, please!

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago

The song is far from being my favorite this year, but for me it caught immediately my attention. I guess I was not the only one. Anyway, I am surprised by all the outrage of Portugal sending a song in English when for years it has been harshly criticized by the majority of fans of being snobbishly nationalistic about the language… weird stuff…

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

I was surprised too because i thought portugese people would never vote for a song in english. But it won and i m sure it will totally slay !

Cristina Tome
Cristina Tome
1 month ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

But If Neev won it… the english language wouldn´t be a problem. To this ridiculous outrage a word… Hipocrsy!!!

Simon
Simon
1 month ago

This year they had some catchy songs to choose from the bunch, but still they went for the most boring one…maybe it’s part of their culture, it’s something I can’t understand, anyway I respect their choice.

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

wow so condescending! let us see your playlist so we can analyse your “culture” as well.

Elias
Elias
1 month ago

I didn’t think any song would become my new bottom song. This is now my least favorite song

Maldric
Maldric
1 month ago

Ok Portugal Im convinced now
Pretty nice song and very strong performance. Well done
I´ll vote for you again 🙂

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 month ago

I can see why the jury liked this one. It wasnt in my top and its not the best song but performance wise it worked. They were very confident on the stage, no nerves, reacted well with camera and his live vocals were spot on, it was the most polished on that night. Im still surprised Carolina didnt win the public vote based on her fan base but i didnt think her performance last night was a good as previous ones have been. Karetus was a great song but a hot mess live and as much as i loved Neevs… Read more »

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  pooky1001

totally agree. Except it was in my top 3 from the start.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

I really don’t know what to make of this outcome. “Love is on my side” was probably my least favourite song in an outstanding final, but it’s still not a bad song, just not my taste at all. Now, under every post reacting to a new entry there are comments that claim the song in question is allegedly a certain non-qualifier. This obviously can’t be true for twenty of the semi-finalists, so I’ll just wait for the rest of the line-up to make up my mind about qualifying chances. All I can say is that personally, I’m not very inclined… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Tibor
Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

Now I think it’s a pure accident, they wanted Carolina to win Neev was the threat, that’s why he has been downvoted by the juries and instead they pushed the other song in english to not be accused of “englishphobia” They just didn’t expect it to do that well in the televote and better than Carolina. They have been fooled by their mind games this time. Last year they also didn’t wanted Barbara to win and wanted Elisa instead. When Black Mamba won the first 12 points from the jury I was like lol WTF is this strategic mind games… Read more »

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Well, if they conspired against Neev, they did well. Neev’s performance and song is mediocre, at best.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

about neev i ´ m sorry : the performance was solid and quite perfect, but the song was just …. too sad. A perfect funeral song, but a funeral song nontheless,

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago

I love this. One word: quality.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago

Nothing is ever guaranteed but i sure hope they will indeed. I really wouldn’t understand why not. It’s surprising because it’s reaaally not typical portugese eurovision but.. it’s perfect.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Portugal had a choice between continuing the tradition and sending a quality song in their beautiful language and sending a good, competitive song in English. They picked neither. This will be the first time since their return in 2017 that Portugal will not be in my top 20. 🙁

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Nooooo : i was surprised too because i never thought they would vote for a song in english but they did and it’s a nice experiment. People will not expect this song from portugal and it’s interesting. I loved it anyway.

Nicky
Nicky
1 month ago

A very very confident performer.
Maybe we’ ve got here a surprise in Eurovision.

Eurovisionaddicted
Eurovisionaddicted
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicky

I’m pretty sure this will snatch some points from the juri and public!

Daggu
Daggu
1 month ago

This reminds me of Carousel – That night. I loved that song, but I don’t see it doing well in Eurovision.
The first entry from portugal I actually like though, that’s exciting

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

I don’t like it at all. A bit pretentious and classy for me. Anyway it could qualify as I expect the jury to kind of like it. I’m not that sure bout the televote.

I want to know how Portugal will take it first time singing completely in English. Here in Spain there were a lot of fuss over it. And Barei came from a NF too.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

I actually like this! And I was surprised that I l liked it. At first I thought Portugal gave us another Salvador but it turned into a thing of it’s own. Portugal is usually the country that ends up near the bottom but I think this could bring them back to final

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Also this is simply a genre that isn’t liked by the eurovision community. When the common linnets first presented calm after the storm most people expected us to finish dead last in the semis. Under the general public these type of songs do have their share of fans however and with good staging you never know just how high they might place.

DDRaven
DDRaven
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I mean, this genre certainly didn’t work for Austria in 2015….

Eurovisionaddicted
Eurovisionaddicted
1 month ago
Reply to  DDRaven

Host countries generally don’t do well even with good songs…

Elsa
Elsa
1 month ago

Yesterday I watched the 10 performances and my immediate thought after the last one (The Black Mamba) was ‘finally, professional musicians took the stage’. Neev and Carolina were out of tune, Valeria and Romeo were (again) too nervous, even ‘my’ Euclides had better performance in the semi-final. Sara was technically ok but 0 emotion. So yes, it is fair, the best has won!

Last edited 1 month ago by Elsa
pooky1001
pooky1001
1 month ago
Reply to  Elsa

Yes i agree with you about the performance. I was really surprised after they finished how well the song was performed live, perfect live vocals and a polished sharp performance. I can understand why the juries liked it so much.

Boris
Boris
1 month ago

Its a nice song with a good performance…Its Portugal sending quality again!
I think they will qualify for the final. Good luck my portuguese friends

Una
Una
1 month ago

Parebems for the victory. The song was not amongst my faves but I think it’s well made and performed.

Svoderian
Svoderian
1 month ago

Yeah…Portugal did it again!
A quality entry, nice song, strong performance and in english (I was not expecting that at all!)
Best of luck for you in Roterdam!

Koen
Koen
1 month ago

I read these comments and saw the pictures and I feared the worst.
But actually I don’t write this off yet. I think most people here prefer uptempo songs, and I’m more keen to prefer those too. However for a slow song, this is actually quite good. Portugal is in the second semi and I do think this might be a 9th or 10th place for now.

Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Koen

I prefer more slow tempo songs, but I don’t feel so much Portugal this year, I am sorry

Sam
Sam
1 month ago

I’m getting really disappointed with this year’s Eurovision and really wish the EBU allowed last year’s songs to be kept 🙁

Harry
Harry
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam

Now that’s just pure negativity

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam

They won’t sound as fresh now as they were from a year ago.

AllThingsNordic
AllThingsNordic
1 month ago

When it started, I was like “oh God another Salvador Sobral song!” but then the singer started singing and I was like “oh ok interesting”. It is quality, cute and sweet. It plays with the emotional side of people. It is dated but also contemporary somehow, maybe because of the artist. Well done Portugal! I believe this qualifies for the final. And then, it has great potential either for the top or for the bottom, unpredictable.

Harry
Harry
1 month ago

I don’t know how to feel about this… On the one hand, this is not bad by any means and a surprisingly good entry for a country, that usually send entries that land near the bottom for me. (no hate against the portuguese, just don’t like their entries at all usually) On the other hand, Neev and Sara Afonso would have toped my ranking so far and I’m sad that none of the two were chosen. Still, I really like it and the song is, at least in my humble opinion, one of the best Portugal has send, ever. Anyways,… Read more »

Martyna
Martyna
1 month ago

My second favourite, I do like the song but my heart is broken, I wanted Neev to win so badly. He’s so honest and emotional, and his voice is flawless live. Pure beauty. Alas, the jury has a different view. Good luck to the Black Mamba. They remind me of Soundgarden. Rest in peace, Chris.

Harry
Harry
1 month ago
Reply to  Martyna

Neev would have really been a awesome choice. His voice is so heartmelting, the melody is magical and memorable and the lyrics are powerful and dramatic. But, I guess, he falls in the “to good for eurovision” category, so i almost saw it coming. Love is on my side has still high qualifying chances though, with the likes of Estonia and Denmark in the same semi. Wish them well.

Musimak
Musimak
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry

I Loved neev s song don’t get me wrong but you have to agree it’s the perfect funeral song. Come on. Bring me hope and rainbows instead lol

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Not sure how this’ll do in Rotterdam, but for some reason, I actually really like this one!

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

This is pure class. For some reason when listened to this i thought of Christina Aguilera’s You are beautiful. I’m not saying it sounds the same it just draws you in. Thoughtful is how it makes me feel. Portugal you’ve got it right.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I like the song, not sure how I feel about the singer, I expect him to be polarising. I didn’t like the switching from colour to B&W. I do like the song’s originality, I think the running order will help determine whether this stands out in Rotterdam.

Emily
Emily
1 month ago

I like this! I have no idea how it’ll fare in Eurovision, but it’s quality. The singer’s voice probably going to get a mixed reception, but it all works for me!

Last edited 1 month ago by Emily
Sankseniva
Sankseniva
1 month ago

I think this is really outstanding for some reason. His voice reminds me of Eros Ramazzoti, his appearance and the vibe is slightly related to Salvador Sobral. Idk, I still think it’s a non qf and I actually prefer Neev, but it’s not bad at all

Me!
Me!
1 month ago

I’m going to be honest, I had few other acts that I also liked and would have wanted to win, but I’m not unsatisfied with this since it’s one of those that I was keen on! The favourites of mine were (in the running order): Karetus & Romeu Bairos – Saudade Carolina Deslandes – Por um Triz NEEV – Dancing in the Stars Pedro Gonçalves – Não vou ficar The Black Mamba – Love is on My Side About the song: It reminds me of the song; Eros Ramazzotti & Anastacia – “I Belong To You (Il Ritmo Della Passione)”… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Me!
Benji
Benji
1 month ago

I don’t like the song, I don’t like the singer’s voice, I don’t like the fact that it’s in English. A sure non-qualifier.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

Oh my dear, Portugal….. YES! YES! YES ! I really, really, really like this. Nowadays it takes guts to bring something different to eurovision than just ordinary popsongs. Welcome to my list of favorite songs!

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

It’s a quality entry, but still lacks something memorable. Portugal had better songs than this.

karworld
karworld
1 month ago

Brothers! What have you done! The song is OK (just ok), but changing to English?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

You know what? I actually like this! I hadn’t listened to it very well before the liveshow ut tjat was a great live performance and I can see why it did well in the televote. It could even quaify I think. Especially in semi final 2.l

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Reminds me of Austria’s The Makemakes..

AndersP
AndersP
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

It really does

Teddie
Teddie
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

What, the hat??

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddie

The rhythm, the melody, the sound….

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

It reminds me of Carousel (Latvia 2019)

raspadinha
raspadinha
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Lmao, the only thing in common is they are a band.

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
1 month ago

Me: Greetings I come from the future.

Me 12 hours ago: Oh wow. So you’ve seen all of tonight’s national finals. How did it go?

Me: Um…….it was a great one for languages. Denmark sent a song in Danish for the first time since 1997 and Portugal sent a song in English for the first time in history.

Me 12 hours ago: Oh wow that’s great. I’m so excited to be seeing Emma Nicoline and Neev on the Eurovision stage.

Me: Hehe you wish.

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago

Aweful result. Absolutely aweful. Not a good song and not even a song with any Portuguese feel to it. Top 2 were both among the worst songs ever. I would have been happy with 5 of these as winner, but still they chose 2 of the other for the top 2. Dreadful.

Teddie
Teddie
1 month ago

You can bet all your money this is a guaranteed NQ

Harry
Harry
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddie

I wouldn’t bet if I were you, the juries might give them a respectable amount of points and it’s not a song that can’t get televote points as well. Don’t get me wrong, i wouldn’t bet that it is a guaranteed Qualifier, but i think the chances aren’t as slim as you think.

And also, the non-qualifier-spaces are already quite filled with Denmark and Estonia, with some argueable NQ’s such as Albania, San Marino, Georgia and Czechia. I wouldn’t count it as a very likely qualifier, but the chances are not too bad.