Filipa walks the streets of Portugal in Baku

Filipa walks the streets of Portugal in Baku
Filipa Sousa on stage in Baku. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

"I walk the streets of the city, old, dark, imperfect, There's a feeling of nostalgic kisses in the decorated city square..." These are the starting lines of the Portuguese song Vida Minha and to fit them on to the stage of the Baku Crystal Hall, they decorated the backdrop with the streets of Portugal.

The rehearsal

Dressed all in yellow Filipa Sousa made her first appearance on the stage of the Baku Crystal Hall for the first rehearsal of Portugal. She competes in the Second Semi-Final with the Fado-inspired song Vida Minha:

This doesn't mean that we'll see her wearing the same dress in the night of the Second Semi-Final, as another outfit, a shiny golden one, was shown to the cameras. Which one she'll finally wear, we'll have to wait until the 24th of May.

The song Vida Minha brings the pace back to a slow tempo and nostalgic feeling, with lyrics devoted to the absence of the beloved one.

The Press Conference

According to the artist, Filipa Sousa, there are two different kinds of Fado, Fado from Coimbra and then Fado from Lisbon. "As the coimbra one is sung by men, I'll sing for you now one Fado from Lisbon, in the style of Amalia Rodrigues" and then she went on to give us a beautiful example of it's sound by singing it live a capella.

Fado is the most typical among Portuguese sounds, something that you can only hear in Portugal. You should feel it...feel the sound, feel the song

Actually Vida Minha is not a sad song, it is a love song. "Fado is not only about sad feelings, that's why sometimes I sing it with a smile, although Fado is to touch people". Filipa explains that It has different influences as well.

Interested in music and singing from an early age she loved to do karaoke when she was young, "I still do it a lot, singing different styles, and usually my favourite songs are by Whitney Houston".

About singing in the Portuguese language, "I guess we should continue singing in our language. In this specific case it wouldn't make any sense to translate it into English, being a song with Portuguese roots, but in the competition I hope we can go as far as we can... let's see what happens".

This year Portugal had a different process to choose the entry, there was a casting to choose the voices. Then the songs were given to the chosen artists. The composer of the Vida Minha is Andrej Babic is from Croatia. "Thankfully I had some choice in the sound of the song, we tried to fit"!


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  • Posted on 17 May 2012 at 15:24
    Portugal this year has a CLASS ACT, beautiful song!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2012 at 15:04
    Portuguese music shouldn't be put to compete. You take it or leave it. I just love it. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2012 at 08:13
    Along with Serbia,my favorites. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2012 at 14:47
    THANK YOU !!! - FINALLY.. a Portuguese song (lyrics, music, and interpretation) I can be proud of (being of Portuguese origin).

    Good luck Filipa (lovely shoes by the way!)

    If Luxembourg would be eligible to vote, my 10 points would go to you, but my 12 would still go to Serbia (I must stay objective) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2012 at 13:08
    I'm so proud of my origins in the Portuguese fado! Congratulations Filipa ... Shine on Baku and lights the flame in the Europeans hearts.

    This song is simply BEAUTIFUL! <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 23:31
    It seems to me more a love song than a typical fado. I hope Filipa get to us finally the victory in Eurovision. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 23:22
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 22:37
    Portugal needs to continue to sing in Portugese, it's beautiful.

    PS: love the golden heels (they're a keeper) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 22:09
    Turkey-Azerbaijan brotherhood ! I Love TURKEY, I Love AZERBAİJAN ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 22:08
    Turkey won the contest in 2003 with 2 points. This year, why not? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 21:43
    I seriously don't understand your comments ... It's one of the worst songs this year ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 21:16
    I absolutely love this song! I am voting for it at least in the semifinal (in the final only for Sweden, as Loreen must win)!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 20:57
    I love this song!!! In my top 10 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 19:43
    Really Like The Background. Pity I Cant Understand A Word Shes Saying. I Feel Its The First Time In Years Portugal Have Presented A "Proper" Entry. Good Luck. But I Think It Shudn't Qualify As There Are Way Better. Nice Dress & Background Though :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2012 at 19:41
    A great song and a great artist.

    Why did Portugal send such an awful song to Düsseldorf last year?

    Good luck Filipa! report to the moderator