The Black Mamba filmed their backup performance for the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of today.
Shortly after winning the 2021 edition of Festival da Canção, the Portuguese representatives filmed their backup performance for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The group confirmed on air last night that following the interviews with the press they would be returning to the stage to film their backup performance.
To date seven countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
Like all 40 acts, the Portuguese representatives could rehearse for as long as they wish for their backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take.
The EBU has stated the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May, meaning The Black Mamba are still free to change the staging should they be able to perform live in Rotterdam.
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
The Black Mamba will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 20.
Source: ESC Portugal
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by Antonio Calvario, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal was 6th place which came in 1996 when Lucia Moniz performed in Oslo. She scored 92 points, receiving the 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut, Portugal have missed a total of five contests. In 2017, Portugal produced a spectacular win when Salvador Sobral took home the crystal microphone with his song “Amar Pelos Dois.” The 2018 contest was held in Lisbon, Portugal for the first time.