Portugal: RTP to air a special tribute to Simone de Oliveira tonight

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RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, will be airing a special documentary on one of the most iconic Portuguese singers of all time, Simone de Oliveira. The living legend has a great musical repertoire and has graced both the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival da Cançao several times.

The special tribute tribute to Simone de OliveiraVejam Bem- Simone de Oliveira: Olhos nos Olhos will be broadcast tonight at 23:30 CEST on RTP 1.

Veja Bem portrays the stories of established musicians in their own words. Between words, images and songs the Portuguese audience will be able to watch the biographies of some of the greatest Portuguese musicians and singers.

The first episode of this collection tells the story of an iconic figure and name in Portuguese music.

Eighty years of life and more than six decades of career in songs, on stage, on screen, have made Simone de Oliveira a major presence in the history of Portuguese popular culture. A firm woman with a strong personality, she recalls memories of a journey that remains active, in a documentary in which the gift of words enters into dialogue with the past that the images revisit.

Simone de Oliveira: Eyes in the Eyes is based on a conversation in a very special place: number 2 Rua do Quelhas … The building that housed the Portuguese national broadcaster in the 50s and corresponds to the place where Simone’s career took kicked off.

The hour long documentary will take us on journey through memory lane where we learn more about Simone’s experience and her exclusive commentary on the songs, festivals, stages, movies and experiences that have carved out her unique life story.

Nuno Galopim ( Festival da Cançao Consultant and Eurovision Commentator for RTP) and Daniel Mota have played a key role behind this special tribute docomentary.

Simone de Oliveira and Eurovision

Simone de Oliveira has graced the Eurovision stage twice in1965 ( Naples) and in 1969 (Madrid), both times representing Portugal. She has also partaken in the Portuguese national selection, Festival da Cançao, numerous times too.

Her 1969 Eurovision entry Desfolhada Portuguesa went on the become one of her biggest hits and is amongst the most celebrated all time songs in Portugal.

Last March RTP paid a special homage to the Portuguese star during the 2018 Festival da Cançao,where Simone also performed and treated he fans with her music.

Portugal in Eurovision

Portugal debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 and has won the competition once, namely in 2017 with Salvador Sobral‘s Amor pelo dois. The country successfully hosted the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Portugal has competed 50 times in Europe’s favorite television show.

In 2018 Claudia  Pascoal & Isaura were crowned the winners of Festival da Cançao and had the honour to defend the Portuguese colours at the Eurovision Song Contest on home soil with their entry O Jardim. Despite a beautiful peformace the 2018 ESC host nation finished last in the Grand Final.