Playback (song)

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Portugal "Playback"
Eurovision Song Contest 1981 entry
Shegundo Galarza
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Um grande, grande amor" (1980)   
"Bem bom" (1982) ►

"Playback" was the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, performed in Portuguese by Carlos Paião.[1]

The song is a moderately up-tempo number. Paião satirizes the "singing in playback", which he explains is in fact miming to pre-recorded music (the anglicism "playback" is used in Portugal to mean "lip synch", broadened from "playback singer"). By doing this, he points out, one does not have to risk singing out of tune or missing notes.[2][3]

He sang the song with the help of four backup singers, who were dressed in multicolored jumpsuits and acted as robots of sorts, emphasizing the playback theme. From left to right, these singers were Pedro Calvinho, Cristina Águas, Ana Bola, and Peter Petersen.[2][3]

The song was performed fifteenth on the night, following the United Kingdom's Bucks Fizz with "Making Your Mind Up" and preceding Belgium's Emly Starr with "Samson". At the close of voting, it had received 9 points, placing 18th in a field of 20.[4]

It was succeeded as Portuguese representative at the 1982 Contest by Doce with "Bem bom".


  1. ^ "About Carlos Paião". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  3. ^ a b Tew, Daniel (6 May 2014). "50 years of Portugal at Eurovision". Eurovisionista. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1981". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 August 2014.