The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Portugal, who have chosen MARO with “saudade, saudade”.
Were we feeling the melancholic nostalgia? Read on to find out!
MARO – “saudade, saudade” (Portugal Eurovision 2022)
Review: MARO – “saudade, saudade”
Deban: “saudade, saudade” is in its own lane. A rare gem that helps you draw new meaning with each listen. It is meditative, impactful, and touches on deep feelings of love, loss, space and time. In three minutes, MARO unpacks her family story with harmony, and by doing so, she inspires you to become more human. And despite the song’s fragility, this unmistakably bold choice remains one of Portugal’s strongest entries to date.
Natalie: This song is soul-crushingly beautiful. It could fit right in as the opening theme to the best indie game in the world. The production is delicate, simple and perfect, and all the performers are amazing. It’s a slow, gentle song but has me hooked from start to finish. I know this doesn’t have the epic push needed to be a winner, but I really hope this one gets the appreciation it deserves.
Pablo: It’s sad to see a country that has shown they could bring really interesting, creative stuff just kind of choosing to pelter out and be so… boring. I get what “saudade, saudade” tries to do, but it feels like three minutes of dead air delivered in an uninterested, bland, “on stage, off stage, collect my cheque, bye” way. I’m not sure if this could standout in a big line up of high-impact entries, not even with the virtue of being a slower song. Portugal can, and should, aspire for more. But if this is the way they’ll go, then I’ll have to take a detour far away, and I feel Europe is going to as well.
Angus: Some songs stay on the Eurovision stage and some transport you to a spiritual plane of deeper meaning. “saudade, saudade” is in the latter category. The whole thing is pure magic, expertly helmed by MARO. The hand clap chorus is infectious, the blend of Portuguese and English breezy, and at Festival da Canção this song latched onto my soul.
Antranig: Portugal has delivered a solid entry this year. “saudade, saudade” is unassuming at first, but when you unwrap its many layers, there is a decent song hidden within. Portugal has given us some great variety in recent years and that continues in 2022. My only concern is that this could be easily forgotten after performing in the middle of its semi-final, particularly when some similar acts perform later on. My score for Portugal is just above average but this has potential to be a real grower.
Portugal Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.66/10
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