Tonight Portugal will select their entry for Baku and I'm keeping my fingers crossed so hard they almost crack.
If there is one country I would wish success and a victory more than most, then it would be Portugal. Finland used to run neck to neck with them, sharing the dubious glory of being the country with the biggest number of participations without victory.
Then Finland won and Portugal is left alone with the title. Nobody else comes close.
Just like Finland, Europe has been harsh to Portugal through the years - even when the Portuguese have sent in strong, interesting, appealing entries (and they have!) the response has usually been lukewarm. Their best placing to date is a sixth place, and only a handful of times have they been among the pre-contest favourites.
1986 was a typical year when Portugal gave its all and the juries just refused to understand. Dora came in as a fresh breeze, singing last on the night, sporting a very fashionable outfit and the song had a distinctly modern feeling to it. All she got for that was twenty-eight points and a fourteenth place.
I wish that Portugal will select the best possible entry tonight and that the voters will be in a Portuguese mood come Baku.
Dora - Não sejas mau p'ra mim (Portugal 1986)