Vânia Fernandes

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Vânia Fernandes
Vania Fernandes - ESC 2008.jpg
Vânia Fernandes singing "Senhora do Mar", in ESC 2008, dressing black
Background information
Birth name Vânia Sofia Olim Marote de Ribeiro Fernandes
Born (1985-09-25) September 25, 1985 (age 28)
Origin Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupations Singer
Years active 1999–present

Vânia Sofia Olim Marote de Ribeiro Fernandes (born 25 September 1985) is a Portuguese singer from Funchal, Madeira (Portugal).

Known for her powerful stage presence, as well as her prominent and versatile voice, Fernandes has participated in several singing contests and performed in public in both her home island of Madeira and on the mainland of Portugal since 1997.

In 2007, Vânia won Portuguese public television's talent contest, Operação Triunfo (a kind of Star Academy). That same year, she completed her professional music studies and training in singing, including jazz, at Madeira's Conservatory.

On May 22, 2008, Fernandes sung "Senhora do mar" (Lady of the Sea) during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The song was the winner of the 2008 edition of Portugal's national selection final for Eurovision, the Festival da Canção . She represented Portugal in the Eurovision final on May 24, 2008 and gained 13th place (out of 25) with 69 points. In the semi-final, she was 2nd, with 120 points.

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Preceded by
Sabrina
with "Dança comigo"
Festival da Canção Winner
2008
Succeeded by
Flor-de-Lis
with "Todas as ruas do amor"
Preceded by
Sabrina
with "Dança comigo"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Flor-de-Lis
with "Todas as ruas do amor"