2000 and Whatever – Portugal

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois | 1st place, 758 points (Final)

Spoiler alert, I didn’t pick Salvador Sobral, but picking between my choice and this song was insanely difficult. I absolutely adore Amar Pelos Dois. It’s easily one of my favourite modern Eurovision winners, and it was the perfect entry for Portugal to break their mammoth non-winning streak. This entry proved that simplicity can win Eurovision, and although Salvador’s winning speech was controversial, I too saw it as a win for music over gimmicks. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate all that Eurovision has to offer, but I really loved the focus on the song and the vocals. Salvador was flawless, and his quirks really added to the performance. The staging was simple but effective, and three years on, it remains timeless.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Vânia Fernandes – Senhora Do Mar (Negras águas) | 13th place, 69 points (Final)

You can’t fault the passion in this song – it is performed with such heart and gusto. Personally, it just doesn’t stand out as a song I would vote for. There is a really well constructed build up to the chorus, but I don’t feel that it reaches the peak it could. On a different note, I always appreciate how Portugal sings in Portuguese at Eurovision. Hearing music in different languages is part of the magic of this song contest.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Portugal below: