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Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Turin 2022

Who Is MARO? All You Need To Know About Portugal’s 2022 Artist ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

The Iberian nation shocked many Eurovision fans in 2021, as Portugal finished in a brilliant 12th place in the Grand Final in Rotterdam with “Love Is On My Side” by The Black Mamba. Let’s take a look at who’s trying to build on that in 2022, as we find out more about MARO and her song, “saudade, saudade“.

Who Is MARO?

Maro is the stage name of Mariana Brito da Cruz Forjaz Secca, born in the Portuguese captial of Lisbon. She’s studied at the highly prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and then moved to Los Angeles. She has released several albums during her time in the states – all self-written and self-produced.

She won Festival da Canรงรฃo as the clear favourite of the jury and televote, topping both in the final with the prize to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.

A Closer Look At saudade, saudade

โ€˜Saudade, saudadeโ€™ is in a mix of English and Portuguese (the fourth time they are singing in a mix of these two languages) and discusses themes of heartbreak, longingness and loneliness.

Iโ€™ve tried to write
A million other songs but
Somehow I canโ€™t move on, oh youโ€™re gone
Takes time, alright
And I know itโ€™s no oneโ€™s fault but
Somehow I canโ€™t move on, oh youโ€™re gone

Lyrics to “saydade, saudade” by MARO

It’s definitely a theme that a lot of people can relate to at least one point in their life – and the atmospheric instrumentation alongside side it really hammers home these themes MARO presents in her Eurovision entry.

How will MARO do at ESC?

This is a really tricky one, as I think if (most) fans had there way this would be sailing through to the final. It’s the classic, airy dreamy sound that many fans like and we associate with many Eurovision and Fetsival da Canรงรฃo entries. Although the fandom are one thing, the general public is another. Will the once-a-year viewer see this as too simple, soft and one note? Will juries cling to this or vote more for songs you’d see in the charts? The semi-final running order does her no favours either, in-between the crazy and wacky Moldova and a song in similar vain, Croatia, which is more chart friendly but could see these two nations blur into one for viewers.

It feels like one of those entries that could fall at the first hurdle but could also come top 15. We’ll find out in Turin!

Listen to Portugal’s 2022 Eurovision Entry below!

Where do you see Portugal placing this year? Let us know in the comments!

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