Portugal: Multilingual signs and a megaphone
Homens Da Luta, the charismatic band representing Portugal in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, had their second rehearsal today. They performed in a colourful setting, with carnations displayed on the background LEDs.
Before their rehearsal, the Portuguese band members were warming up their voices with a special exercise backstage. "We're just making a relaxation exercise. It's good for us and our voices, and it makes us laugh. That's good!" they explained, before darting out for the stage.
In their second rehearsal, Homens Da Luta again used the main feature of their performance, signs displaying The Struggle Is Joy, the translation of the songtitle, in several European languages. In addition to that, one of the singers uses a megaphone to help convey the message of the song.
In the stage background, the LEDs displayed red and green flowers. The Portuguese delegation confirmed to Eurovision.tv that the carnations in the national colours of Portugal are symbols of the 1974 revolution.
Homens Da Luta delivered a convincing performance and a lively stage act, and everything already went so well that they finished the rehearsal ten minutes ahead of time.
The Portuguese musicians entered the press conference area playing drums and other instruments. Then they stepped on the table and were playing music while introducing the members of the band: One of them represents Africa, as Portugal was the first country that arrived in Africa in colonial times, and one other member represents a peasant girl. The other musicians can be seen as revolutionary dandies.
When Homens Da Luta were asked why they decided to send out their revolutionary message through their participation in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, they replied: "Nothing is more important than joy in our lives. People are full of fear." Later he added: "We want you to have a positive image of Portugal. You get so many bad news about our country due to the crisis, and we want to change that."
A journalist asked them to comment on the fact that a Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest entry was the signal that started the Carnation Revolution in 1974. They explained that actually two songs were used as a signal, first of all Grândola, Vila Morena by Zeca Afonso, as well as E Depois Do Adeus, the Portuguese entry in 1974 by Paulo de Carvalho.