Portugal 2012: Filipa Sousa

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Artist name: 
Filipa Sousa
Song title: 
Vida Minha
Song writer(s): 
Andrej Babic and Carlos Coelho
Year: 
2012
Language: 
Portuguese
Country: 
Portugal
Starting position semi-final 2: 
6
Points in semi-final 2: 
39
Rank in semi-final 2: 
13
About the song: 
Vida Minha is a song in the Portuguese Fado style which has recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list and it contains a beautiful blend of austerity characteristic of Fado with the sensibility of a modern ballad. The lyrics are more a confession than a declaration and it reminds the lover who abandoned her and there will be no second chance. It is an elegant way to talk about a romance with a tragic undercurrent. With her lush and clear voice she can tell a different story with each phrase of the song with glimmers of hope, sensuality and melancholy.
About the participant: 

Filipa Sousa was born in Albufeira 27 years ago and she started learning music at the age of 6. From age 12, she began participating in festivals and karaoke contests. She has won several competitions of Fado and she has participated in the Iberian Festival of Young Song in S. Romão – Seia for 3 years in a row.

In 2003, she became part of the Fado group Al-Mouraria and with them she performed in several Portuguese cities and television programs. She became known after her participation in a talent show in 2007 called Operação Triunfo and after that her musical career started. Before winning the 2012 Festival Da Canção she worked singing all kind of musical styles, from rock to Fado, accompanied by live musicians.

The songwriters are both well-established names. Carlos Coelho and Andrej Babic composed the 2008 Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest entry Senhora Do Mar performed by Vânia Fernandes. In addition, the Croatian Andrej Babic has been at the Eurovision Song Contest four times before for three other countries as the author of songs like the 2003 Croatian entry Više Nisam Tvoja, Call Me for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005 or Cvet z juga and Love Symphony for Slovenia in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

About the selection: 

Portugal's entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest was selected, as usual, through the 48th edition of the Festival da Canção. Twelve acts and five back-up's were chosen after two big audition sessions held in Lisbon and Porto earlier January where the singers performed some songs in front of a jury.

Among the lucky ones, we had some singers with no previous music career and some popular artists who have also submitted their interest as well.

After that, some of the most renowned composers of the country were invited by the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, to work in the composition of the songs that would compete in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Festival da Canção 2012 was held on the evening of the 10th of March and the winner would represent Portugal in the second semifinal of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. The final decision was taken by televote and jury vote with a 50% stake each. After all 20 juries from the Portuguese regions had attributed points to their favourites, Filipa Sousa got the first position and the votes of the audience did nothing but reaffirm her victory.

Lyrics: 

Sigo as ruas da cidade, velha, escura, imperfeita,
Cheira a beijos de saudade, numa praça que se enfeita.
Há uma criança que corre, uma vizinha que espreita,
E em mim só segue o desejo de chegar p’ra te abraçar.

E em mim só segue o desejo de chegar p’ra te abraçar.

Se fosses luz, amor, ai luz do dia,
Sorriso inspirador de fantasia.
Se fosses água, amor, qual água pura
Que mata a sede à flor da ternura.

Se fosses luz, amor, ai luz do dia,
Sorriso inspirador de fantasia.
Mas entre tudo que possas ser na vida,
Só quero, meu amor: sejas vida minha.

E em mim só segue o desejo de chegar p’ra te abraçar.

Mas entre tudo que possas ser na vida,
Só quero, meu amor: sejas vida minha.

English translation of the lyrics: 

I walk the streets of the city, old, dark, imperfect,
There's a feeling of nostalgic kisses in the decorated city square,
There's a child running, a peeking neighbor,
And within me, there’s only desire to come home and hold you.

And within me, there’s only desire to come home and hold you.

If you were light, my love, you would be the light of day,
An inspiring smile of fantasy.
If you were water, my love, you would be like pure water,
Sating the thirst of the flower of tenderness.

If you were light, my love, you would be the light of day,
An inspiring smile of fantasy.
But of all the things you can be in life,
I just want you, my love, to be life of mine.

And within me, there’s only desire to come home and hold you.

But of all the things you can be in life,
I just want you, my love, to be life of mine.

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