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Portugal: Cláudia Pascoal – O Jardim

  This year's hosts have just selected their entry for May's Eurovision Grand Final. The televote eventually overruled the jury and opted to send Cláudia Pascoal with the song O Jardim. O Jardim is a cracking song for the host nation. Really distinctive, heartfelt, and just like Salvador, Cláudia draws the viewers in. The trip-hop beat adds a contemporary edge to this atmospheric performance. What a gem! That Diogo fella played a blinder withdrawing from the field. To cement what could be another respectable result for the nation, I would just keep Cláudia on stage, rather than have the writer of the song, Isaura,…
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The trip-hop beat adds a contemporary edge to this atmospheric performance. What a gem!

User Rating: 4.17 ( 75 votes)

 
This year’s hosts have just selected their entry for May’s Eurovision Grand Final. The televote eventually overruled the jury and opted to send Cláudia Pascoal with the song O Jardim.

O Jardim is a cracking song for the host nation. Really distinctive, heartfelt, and just like Salvador, Cláudia draws the viewers in. The trip-hop beat adds a contemporary edge to this atmospheric performance. What a gem! That Diogo fella played a blinder withdrawing from the field.

To cement what could be another respectable result for the nation, I would just keep Cláudia on stage, rather than have the writer of the song, Isaura, suddenly swivel her chair and start singing. Well done Portugal!

Can Portugal earn a respectable finish in May?

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17 comments

  1. Eurovisiontales

    Some will say this is boring, to me its delicate, soft, pure, beautiful and special. Portugal is finally awake, 2 decent entries in a row

  2. I like it, but I don’t have much idea how it can work at Eurovision. Maybe it will be in the area of the 20th place or maybe not

  3. It’s a lovely melody, but I don’t understand what’s going on here. There’s a random woman wearing a straitjacket top, sitting on a stool, who decides to join in for a bit, and it’s called “The Garden”? Maybe you need to understand the lyrics. Her voice is not all that either. I don’t get it. I’d rather they sent Janiero.

    …Well I’d rather they sent Diogo to be honest but them’s the breaks.

  4. This is an excellent host nation entry. Great melody, from one listen I have the tune in my head (although that may be because it reminds me a lot of something else – but I’m not sure what). A good song definitely, and one that can hit a few of the other female ballads. Different genre and not vocally led, but it feels like it connects better than Estonia for example. I really think this could be a top 10 here with few countries left to show their hands. This does feel draw dependant though, if they pull out an early one I will revise this significantly lower.
    Like Ben, I question the random woman though, a weird distraction.

  5. Last year a beast has been awoken it seems! I cant see this matching Salvador’s achievement but with a fair wind this has an excellent chance of top 10 possible even getting Portugal’s 2nd highest scored.
    Like said above its drawn dependent, this doesn’t have the strength to get a top 10 from anywhere, if she gets in the first 10 its top 10 as a ceiling.

  6. I like this but can’t see it getting anywhere. That other singer sitting with her back to us and then turning around half way through is pointless and distracting.

  7. Ok this wont be for everyone,but for an old purist like me,I LOVE it.You wouldnt blink if Dido had done this on her Life For Rent album as the darkest track.Real quality entry from the hosts here and a very very talented female vocalist.You can tell she is still learning about her voice,but it has a haunting beauty about it.Im not sure how id stage this,but id be very tempted to lift the strings and harps in the melody at points to help Cláudia rise and fall a bit more to inject emotion.Its hard to describe,but id like to see her vocals sweep across the melody and deliver more longing and melancholy.Perhaps start with her sitting down as well,among a circle of flowers.I want to feel her loss and pain more.If they are going to continue with the other singer during the double chorus id have her walking behind Cláudia looking at her singing without Cláudia seeing,or knowing shes there,like a memory or spirit and then stood right behind her shoulder as she delivers that lovely delicate refrain as the lights fade away.

  8. Being a national, I can give some clarification to some of the questions raised: the woman sitting in the background is actually the song’s composer, her name is Isaura and she wrote the song to pay tribute to her recently deceased grandmother. She then invited Cláudia to sing it because she felt she didn’t have the right voice for it. I guess that they found that peculiar way to get her to sing a little of the song too, since it’s personal. I do agree that they should rework the stage performance, it’s a bit weird as it is.

    Just like Salvador Sobral, Cláudia also started in TV talent shows. If you want to hear a great performance by Cláudia, go on YouTube and search for her The Voice Portugal performance singing and playing the instrument in “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (one of the members of the jury is so impressed that she goes on stage to sing a duet with her).

  9. I would love to like it but… Isaura spooked me big way. Last year when folks were hallucinating about Finland making through to the final, I had a suspicion that televote would not support. It smacked of funerals and the singer’s black mourning dress put a final nail into that coffin. When I look at Isaura she gives me exact same chilly feeling of some reincarnation of another social taboo. Straight jacket, another hallucinating woman, emotion at the brink of illness… the way the staging is done now is emotionally upsetting and subconsciously unpleasant. If they continue drumming Finland 2017 drum the televote would gag. I am surprised Gavin did not use the word ‘esoteric’ on this occasion, but even softer versions of esoteric madness (Azerbaijan 2017) are not rewarded

  10. I must admit that after 3 listens I’m slightly warming to it, but first impressions are important. So trying to be objective:

    – The song has one (admittedly nice) melodic idea which it repeats over and over again (Gav, you criticised Belgium for it’s slow start – but at least it eventually got to the chorus. O Jardim might be musically more clever and innovative than that – but it’s not what Eurovision ears are accustomed to – so its rather too subtly ‘developing’ tone might be a problem for juries and televoters)

    – Durhamborn said ‘you can tell she is still learning about her voice’. Me, being musically less qualified than Durham, would say her vocal is bordering on the dodgy.

    – If DonESC is correct and the songwriter’s brief appearance is because she didn’t have the right voice to carry the entire song, then she should take one for the team and stay in the green room.

    – The staging reminded me of one of the more experimental entries which make up the numbers at Eesti Laul. Sometimes these numbers are guilty pleasures for we avid ESC watchers, but with our gambling hats on we don’t tend to back them for Eurovision greatness.

  11. Objectively, this is on the way to being able to achieve perfection. It has the differential and surprising contemporary sonority for a good young televote-jury result but it is not finished. For now, I do not bet. They have time available within the 3 minute limit. Emotions go through by stronger moments in the voice but also in the staging. Only through the message they will reach the most demanding senior vote… And then we will have a serious dark horse.

  12. It only took me a few seconds to know id love this song. I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but I can even see Portugal winning Again this year.

  13. I’m very interested in how this song will work at Eurovision. I think it can get a lot of jury votes and a few votes of viewers. In any case, I wish them good luck.

  14. the isaura in an interview said that the 2.41 minutes were purposeful, the music will have 3 minutes with surprises.

  15. This is the strongest opposite in magical beauty to Israel, musical and visually aggressive, all that Eurovision should not be. Portugal will again save Eurovision and will not be necessary photofinish to decide the winner.

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