Desfolhada portuguesa

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Portugal "Desfolhada portuguesa"
Eurovision Song Contest 1969 entry
Country Portugal
Artist(s) Simone de Oliveira
Language Portuguese
Composer(s) Nuno Nazareth Fernandes
Lyricist(s) Ary dos Santos
Conductor Ferrer Trindade
Finals performance
Final result 15th
Final points 4
Appearance chronology
◄ "Verão" (1968)   
"Menina do alto da serra" (1971) ►

Desfolhada portuguesa ("Portuguese husking"), or simply Desfolhada (as was introduced as Deshojada in Spanish titles when broadcast), was the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1969, performed in Portuguese by Simone de Oliveira and written by Ary dos Santos.

The song deals with the love of Portugal - the first occasion on which this was the theme of the Portuguese entry, but far from the last. The song compares the love from the conception of a child to patriotic love.

The song was performed fifteenth on the night, following France's Frida Boccara with "Un jour, un enfant" and preceding Finland's Jarkko & Laura with "Kuin silloin ennen". At the close of voting, it had received 4 points, placing 15th in a field of 16.

Portugal opted out of the 1970 contest, one of the many countries to withdraw after the chaotic 1969 result where four songs tied for first place. The entry, however, had been selected at the time the withdrawal was made, so the country would have been represented by Sérgio Borges with "Onde vais rio que eu canto".

Following the return to the traditional set-up in 1970, Portugal returned to the contest. Thus, the song was succeeded as Portuguese representative at the 1971 contest by Tonicha with "Menina do alto da serra".