PORTUGAL – The Black Mamba have been crowned champions of Festival da Canção and will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with ‘Love Is On My Side’.
Hoping to discover another Amar Pelos Dois, the coastal nation concluded their search for a 2021 entry on Saturday evening, during a grand final broadcast live from Lisbon.
Both Carolina Deslandes and The Black Mamba finished on equal points with the largest public vote acting as the tie-breaker.
Despite an effort to use few English n three previous occasions, it is the first time since its first participation that Portugal uses entirely the English language in their Eurovision entry. Anyone trying to use English in Festival da Canção didn’t end up in a good ranking.
Though it was in Eurovision 2003 Rita Guerra performed the last refrain in English. In 2005 and 2006, the same scenario was repeated. A few lyrics in English, in order for the message of the song to pass more easily to the viewers.