Portugal’s Eurovision 2008 Entry

Vânia Fernandes’ “Senhora do Mar” is a decent little fado number. Well, I think it’s fado, since it’s in a minor key and is entitled “Lady of the Sea.” That sounds like fado to me. Anyway, its staging reminded me a bit of Marija Šerifović’s “Molitva,” with the singer standing up front and the back-up performers doing minimal choreography. Also, at one point, like in “Molitva,” the back-up singers reach out and touch Fernandes. Anyway, overall, I liked it, although I fear it’ll get lost in the shuffle during a semi-final featuring more bombastic entries like Ukraine, Bulgaria, Belarus and, of course, Latvia.