LISBON, PORTUGAL – Several Portuguese artists, from the nationals selections and Portuguese Eurovision Singers are making statements to OGAE Portugal, official Facebook page, concerning the withdraw of Portugal on the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
YOLA DINIS (NF 2015)
“Once again RTP is depriving the Portuguese people of one of the most important cultural events internationally.
What are we teaching our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, if this country doesn’t want anything to do with culture?”
SUZY (PORTUGAL 2014)
It was with surprise and obviously with sadness that I received the news. Being the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the largest music events worldwide, seen by millions of viewers on five continents, where Portugal has a chance to promote our music and promote our country, it is clear that this opportunity should not be missed.
I hope that next year Portugal returns, with a strong bet, with a more competitive spirit.
RUI ANDRADE (NF 2014)
“Well, I received this information with the same disappointment and shock as any other eurofan because I’m one!
I do not agree that we stop participating. During those three minutes all of Europe see on your performance the participation of our country, Portugal is seen, talked about, and we are not forgotten as so often! It is possible to go further, but to do a good job, we have to waste time, to investigate, study, bet … Portugal can and should achieve more.”
MANUELA BRAVO (PORTUGAL 1979)
“I think it’s very bad that RTP took this decision, because it is an event of great importance. I also think that RTP never wanted to invest seriously in Eurovision, because if they did, I’m sure we would have won a few times. I’m sorry that RTP has investment for some things and never had the urge to do a strong bet in relation to this event. A lot has changed in this country and one of them was the lack of desire to “whom it may concern”, invest in culture.”
NUCHA (PORTUGAL 1990)
“Of course I’m sad that Portugal won’t participate in the next edition of the Eurovision. Very sad, because it was the story of my life and the story of many artists. It’s like a withdrawal from a fight for years and years. As I don’t like giving up I can’t agree with this decision.”
ELADIO CLIMACO (HOST OF NATIONAL SELECTION)
“The absence of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest is appalling, indeed. Despite the failures of the previous years, RTP instead of fighting for arranging a song worthy and well built, that can appeal to all of Europe, prefers to “stick his head in the sand like the ostrich” and justify the absence with the worn out excuse of “huge expenses”. Take the example of the small northern countries who bet strong. Bet with a good musical strategy but also politically, institutionally and know take dividends of success, or if you want, just the fact that participate.
Work and make efforts to creat a Portuguese National Selection with glamour! There are people among us, fortunately, very capable.”
SOURCE: OGAE PORTUGAL