Portugal’s Eurovision 2018 Entry

Portugal won Eurovision last year and we’re still pinching ourselves. Who has the unenviable task of defending their title? Here’s Cláudia Pascoal with “O Jardim.”

Cláudia Pascoal is 23, but has a wealth of experience in television talent shows. She’s been on Ídolos twice, Factor X, and The Voice Portugal. “O Jardim” was written by Isaura, who finished eighth on Operação Triunfo. She selected Cláudia to perform her song and serves as the backing singer.

“O Jardim” is a song for Isaura’s late grandmother, who passed away in 2017. But it’s not so much a mournful song as a contemplative one. It’s pretty, but also understated, atmospheric almost to a fault. Because the song focuses on creating a mood, rather than a journey, it ends where it begins without having taken us anywhere.

But it is the perfect song to listen to at two in the morning while curled up on the couch after being woken up by downpour.

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