Portugal – After an excruciatingly long national final, Portugal has chosen Homens Da Luta as their representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. After all 20 juries, from the Portuguese regions, had attributed points to their favourites Homnes Da Luta were far from winning the competition (6 points from the juries), but the televote largely favoured them. In the combined result they won with a margin of just one point in front of Nuno Norte and his song “São os Barcos de Lisboa”.
Homens da Luta (english possible translation: The Men of the Struggle) is a Portuguese improvisational comedy and musical street show, composed by Vasco Duarte (Falâncio) and Jel (Neto). Their songs are a parody of songs sung at the time of the post- 1974 democratic revolution, and the characters played are caricatures of the revolutionary singers of that time. They often use the term struggle to invoke the slogans that became famous during the revolutionary era, slogans such as “a luta continua” (english possible translation: “the struggle must go on”).
Their song “A Luta é Alegria” could be translated into “The Struggle is Joy”. Homned Da Luta had also participated in the 2010 Portuguese national final, but had to be disqualified as their song had been release before the deadline set by the EBU.
Here you can watch the winning performance:
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