Only 20 years old, Portugal’s Leonor Andrade is one of Eurovision 2015’s youngest performers, but is still one of its most versatile competitors.
She began playing the piano at age four, started a band called Mariacaffe with her brother and two friends and later went on to place as a semifinalist in the televised reality singing competition The Voice of Portugal and then to win the Festival da Canção, the annual Portuguese singing competition that determines who the country will send to Eurovision.
“It’s been a long time dream to be a part of this great event,” Andrade says.
WHAT’S SHE PERFORMING AT EUROVISION?
“Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa” (“There’s A Sea Which Separates Us”), a song that is thematically similar to Spain’s song. It’s about a person pining for their long-distance lover.
Best lyric: “If it’s the sea that separates us, I will dry it with longing, and press you against my chest in a kiss made of yearning.”
She thinks about her loved ones right before she performs onstage. In 2014, she also played the role of the dancing student Joana Luz on the telenovela Água de Mar (Sea Water).
DON’T MISS THESE KILLER PAST PERFORMANCES…
Andrade belts out a nuanced and powerful performance of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 1956 classic ”I Put a Spell on You” during her 2014 appearance on The Voice of Portugal. During the competition, she also sang songs by Adele and Nina Simone.
For her heartbreaking performance of Sara Bareilles’ 2007 song ”Gravity”, Andrade teams up with Portuguese singer Rui Drummond, the winner of the 2014 season of The Voice of Portugal.