MARO will represent Portugal at Eurovision 2022 with 'saudade, saudade'
And we're done! This morning, the final national final of 2022 took place in Lisbon with the broadcast of Festival da Canção 2022.
After a tense and hotly-contested voting segment, MARO took out both the juries and the televote for the victory, and won Portugal's ticket to Turin for Eurovision 2022. She will perform her song 'saudade, saudade' in May.
Results were determined by the televote and a series of regional juries allocating points in a 50/50 split (using the classic Eurovision scoring system from 12 down to 1).
During the evening, The Black Mamba did an acoustic reprise of their song from Eurovision 2021, 'Love Is On My Side'.
Also worth a mention is Bateu Matou and Convidados, who delivered a showstopping interval act featuring some interesting African musical influences in places. Hopefully we'll see them at Festival da Canção in the future!
Who is MARO?
MARO is a young artist who has recently returned to her home country of Portugal after a stint in Los Angeles. Originally leaving to pursue her musical dream, MARO quickly got picked up by several American songwriters and touring musicians, giving her the opportunity to hone her craft and artistry.
Her song for FdC, “saudade, saudade”, has proven a sleeper fan favourite and has gotten attention in Portugal, sitting at number 1 on the country’s Viral 50 on Spotify. This is no doubt partially due to some of the wonderful acoustic versions of the song she has released on YouTube, including a live version filmed with some friends.
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