Portugal has a winner! And now the country has its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. MARO will sing ‘Saudade Saudade’ in May representing Portugal.
The 56th edition of Festival da Canção had its grand final on the Saturday evening. Portuguese broadcaster RTP had hosted 2 semi-finals the week previous, to get an initial field of 20 songs down to a competitive 10. On Saturday night, the people of Portugal tuned in to the final, and got to vote on these 10 contenders. MARO won, and she will get to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
The result was determined by a 50/50 combination of 2 votes: 1 from public televoting, and 1 from a jury comprised of representatives from the 7 statistical regions of Portugal (Lisbon, North, Central, Alentejo, Algarve, Madeira and the Azores).
MARO won the public vote and the jury vote.
This person can play both the electric guitar and the electric bass, and is also a trained classical pianist. She had written her first song when she was 11 years old, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In 2018, she released her first solo album in 3 parts: MARO, Vol.1, MARO, Vol.2 and MARO, Vol.3.
MARO currently lives in LA and she is honing her craft even further.