Portugal: Meet the Portuguese hopefuls

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This week will see Portugal select its entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The country holds the record for being the longest participating country who has yet to win Eurovision. Do they have a winner this year?  In this special article we are going to introduce the 12 acts in the running to represent Portugal in Vienna.

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Gonçalo Tavares

Tu rens uma mágica

Gonçalo Tavares has been performing since he was a young boy. When he was 10 years old he came third in a young person’s singing competition.

In the Portuguese National final of 1984 he was part of the group Banda Tribom singing the song A padeirinha de aljubarrota. It came 3rd out of the 16 entries.

Gonçalo is not only a  singer but an author, composer and producer. He frequently co-writes with José Cid, which is not a great surprise as he is José’s nephew. They have performed together on many occasions. José is probably best known in the Eurovision world for his song Um grande, grande amor which he performed in 1980, coming 7th.

Gonçalo returned to the national selection in 2010. The song was called Rios and was self penned. Again he had a respectable result and, out of 30 entries he came 12th attaining 1380 points.

He has expressed his delight at being invited by the Portuguese broadcaster RTP to participate in this year’s Festival da Canção. He wants the performance to be genuine, without any gimmicks.

As for the song, titled in English You can do magic, it is a celebration of the special powers that we all have.

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