Will Portugal wake up in 2017?
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
EDITORIAL – Will Portugal wake up as they promised for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest? RTP promised the fans that their 2016 withdrawal is partially due to start restructuring the way they decide their song to the Eurovision Song Contest and they will revamp their way of thinking in order the Portuguese songs to compete equally the other European songs.
We would love nothing more than to believe them. Portugal is one of my personal favourite countries and I wouldn’t love nothing more than to see a Eurovision edition in Lisbon (or any other magnificent Portuguese city). But the curse of fado and samba latino songs is not easy to escape from.
RTP needs to understand that a song for Eurovision Song Contest can win the contest when it has a complete package of pre-requisites, which means hard work and money invested. You need a great voice, a smart song or a proposal tune, a unique choreography, a strong record label to support you internationally, clever and selective promotional strategy on the web and above all dedication and soul.
The problem with Portugal in the contest so far was their narrowed way of thinking. Every Portuguese song was a “smashing hit”, “a song that moved the arena”, “an underrated song”. Come on: 9/10 Portuguese entries were trash! and you know it. But no, don’t tell that to a Portuguese fan, you are an enemy of the state! Well when someone said that Suzy made Copenhagen venue rock, I was shocked: Was I attending the same Eurovision Song Contest? Because at least in the arena only the fans in the arena danced and in the press centre no one cared. Why? because it wasn’t a winning song.
Wake up Portugal, you are a country we all love and we all need to see you carrying the trophy to Lisbon. Before you consider my editorial as hostile, try to think that I spent my time writing this because I do really want to see Portugal as a strong competitor.
If Portugal wants to spend tax payers money to get a song that will never win, or end in the top ten, I strongly suggest them to save their money. If Portugal wants to deal with authors from abroad, the record of which is one of the worst in the Eurovision history, I suggest them again to stay home and save money. Portugal is not advertised as a country just because it is participating. Bad results are actually humiliating the country.
Portugal, wake up. We keep that promise of RTP for total restructure for Eurovision 2017. We will be on your side if you amaze us. If you don’t, we won’t even bother… again! I conclude this editorial with the ONLY Portuguese entry I truly believed it could have even win the Eurovision Song Contest.