Isaura has revealed in an interview with Blitz, that she would have performed “O Jardim” as a soloist had she not found Claudia Pascoal.
In an interview with Portuguese magazine Blitz, Isaura has revealed more about her Eurovision preparations and how she nearly competed in last years Portuguese selection process. The singer revealed that had she not found Claudia that she would have taken “O Jardim” to Festival da Cancao as a solo singer.
She also revealed that she was approached last year to be the singer of one of the songs competing in Festival da Cancao 2017. Isuara was approached by one of the songwriters last year, but due to working on other material at the time.
Isuara has also stated that the Czech Republic and Sweden are her favourite songs competing in this years contest. But that she does not understand why Israel is currently the favourite to win in Lisbon, adding;
When I hear the song [of Israel] I think: how is she going to do it live?
She also commented that both Spain and Ireland are represented by beautiful songs in this years Eurovision Song Contest.
Cláudia Pascoal feat. Isaura will represent Portugal on home soil this May. They won Festival da Canção at the end of February with the winner of the show decided by 50% public voting and 50% jury voting. Public voting had been open for a week before the show while the jury vote was formed of a combination of regional juries. As there was a tie for first place, the public vote took preference. Having won the public vote, Cláudia Pascoal will now be the first ever Portuguese Eurovision representative to compete on home ground.
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.