The Portuguese band goes to the Eurovision final, with the theme “Love Is On My Side”. The Black Mamba stamped their ticket in the second semi-final. You can see or review the performance video here.
The Portuguese band The Black Mamba qualified this Thursday for the final of the Eurovisão da Canção festival, which is scheduled for Saturday. The group composed of Marco Pombinho, Tatanka, Miguel Casais, Guilherme Salgueiro and Rui Pedro Pity stamped the ticket in the second semifinal of the song contest.
Representatives from Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Iceland, San Marino, Switzerland, Greece and Finland also participated in this second semifinal.
This Tuesday, in the first semifinal, singers and bands representing Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine had already been selected.
In addition to these 20 who scored the passage in the semifinals, six are automatically added: the representatives of the Netherlands, for being the host country this year, and the competitors of the so-called “big five”, five European nations that have direct and automatic clearance : France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.
After a year in which the Eurovision Song Contest did not take place, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Black Mamba were selected for this year’s edition for having won the Song Festival of the country’s public television station, the RTP, which annually determines the national representative.
The Portuguese band thus succeeded Elisa (interpreter) and Marta Carvalho (composer), winners of 2020 who could not compete on Eurovision because the edition was canceled due to the pandemic, and Conan Osiris (2019), Cláudia Pascoal (interpreter) and Isaura (songwriter) – winners in 2018 – and Luísa Sobral (songwriter) and Salvador Sobral (interpreter), who in 2017 won the Song Festival and later became the first and until now the only Portuguese winners of Eurovision.