Thursday, 24 March 2011

ESC 2011, semi-final 1 - Portugal

Homens da Luta is a Portuguese improvisational comedy and musical street show, composed by brothers Vasco Duarte Nuno Duarte. Their songs are a parody of songs sung at the time of the period after 1974 Carnation Revolution, and the characters played are caricatures of the revolutionary singers at the time.They often use the term "Luta" (struggle) to invoque the slogans that became famous during the revolutionary era.One of their most popular songs is E O Povo, Pá?

In 2010 Homens da Luta wanted participate in the RTP Song Festival 2010, with the song Luta Assim Não Dá but their song was disqualified due to not following the rules of the Festival, nor the international ESC.

In 2011, they ran for the contest again with the song A Luta é Alegria which was written by Vasco Duarte. They were in sixth place after the regional juries gave their votes but after the televoting they ended up in first place, winning a trip to Düsseldorf. They will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Since the group are comedians and not singers, and because their victory was also based on popular support rather than the selected jury, there were some negative reactions.

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