We here at Eurovoxx have been counting down our all-time favourite Eurovision entries from Portugal in celebration of the upcoming contest in Lisbon. Competing since 1964, Portugal has an extensive history in Eurovision. We’ve added up all of our own personal Top 10's and our 5th place is the Portuguese entry from 1993, Anabela with "A cidade (até ser dia)".
"A cidade (até ser dia)" ("The city (until dawn)") was written by Pedro Abrantes, Marco Quelhas, and Paulo de Carvalho who represented Portugal at Eurovision 1974. Sixteen-year-old Anabela was invited to sing the song at Festival da Canção, having previously participated in Sopot International Song Festival and releasing two albums. She won Festival da Canção with 28 more points than the second placed song.
At Eurovision in Millstreet, Ireland, Anabela performed 11th on the night. In the voting, Portugal received douze points from Spain and the Netherlands. A total of 60 points meant Portugal finished in 10th place.
After Eurovision, Anabela went on to release seven more albums, her latest, Casa Alegre, being released in 2015. She also began an acting career, acting in several musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and telanovas such as O Dias Dias. In 2015, she married Vítor Esteves and had a baby with him.
Portugal's 1993 entry is our 5th all-time favourite from Portugal. Who else deserves to be in our countdown? Let us know what you think and check out or list so far!
Our Top 10 so far:
10. 2009 - "Todas as Ruas do Amor" - Flor de Lis
9. 2014 - "Quero Ser Tua" - Suzy
8. 2005 - "Amar" - 2B
7. 2007 - "Dança comigo (Vem ser feliz)" - Sabrina
6. 1996 - "O meu coração não tem cor" - Lúcia Moniz
5. 1993 - "A cidade (até ser dia)" - Anabela