Vânia Fernandes: ‘Money was never the real reason why RTP withdrew’
LISBON, PORTUGAL – The Portuguese representative at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Vânia Fernandes, says she is willing to return to the contest but concedes it is unlikely to happen.
“It would be very selfish to think about coming back with so many deserving people able to have that opportunity. But that puts me in an awkward position. I would like to come back, but with the same team – which is almost impossible!”, Fernandes said.
The singer looked back at her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. “I did not like our Festival da Canção performance [in 2008]. We were very nervous and that reflected vocally. The best performance we had was on the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest”.
She noted there were some organisational issues, with the Portuguese broadcaster failing to provide their delegation with promotional CDs in Belgrade. For the artist, money was never the real reason for RTP to withdraw from #eurovision
Portugal has withdrawn from this year’s Eurovision following 48 attempts to win the contest. It holds the record for most appearances without winning and has never made it into the top 5.
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Vania Fernandes represented Portugal with the song “Senhora Do Mar” in Belgrade in 2008. The song came second in the semi final and 13th in the final. Fernandes was the first Portuguese singer to qualify to the Eurovision final since the introduction of the televised semi-final in 2004. Portugal has failed to qualify for the final from 2011 onwards.