Leonor Andrade has won Festival da Canção 2015 and will represent Portugal in Vienna with “Há um mar que nos separa”:
Leonor was a contestant on The Voice Portugal last year, but was eliminated on the show before the final. Since then, she has been an actor on the soap opera Água de Mar.
“Há um mar que nos separa” is a decent enough pop rock song, with a bright and catchy chorus. Neither of us love the U2-influenced arrangement, which makes it sound a bit dated. We hope that the Portuguese delegation to attend to that, but we fear this is going as is. But Leonor has a cool voice that suits the song well. She got a bit ragged during the key change, but sounded fine otherwise.
It’s a solid entry, but it’s not particularly memorable. It’s just a pleasant way to spend three minutes of your time on a Thursday night, though probably not a Saturday night, in May.