The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Cláudia Pascoal from Portugal.
At the beginning of March, it was decided that Cláudia Pascoal would represent the host country Portugal at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after she won Festival da Canção. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Claudia Pascoal was born in 1994 in Portugal. The singer rose to fame in 2010, when she took part in Portuguese talent show Ídolos. In 2013, she participated in the first season of Factor X, and a year later she auditioned to become a host of Curto Circuito, finishing in 3rd place. She returned to participate in Ídolos for a second time in 2015, and also went on to compete in The Voice Portugal.
This year, she participated in Festival da Canção, the show which selects Portugal’s next Eurovision star. She qualified to the final, and then won the show with her song “O jardim”.
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal in the contest was 6th place. This 6th place came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed “O meu coração não tem cor” on stage in Oslo, Norway. She scored 92 points receiving 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed a total of five contests, the latest being in 2016. After their spectacular win last May, in Kyiv, Portugal will host the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.