Madrugada (song)

"Madrugada" (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐðɾuˈɣaðɐ]; "Dawn") was the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975, performed in Portuguese by Duarte Mendes.

Portugal "Madrugada"
Duarte Mendes-Madrugada.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1975 entry
José Luís Tinoco
José Luís Tinoco
Pedro Vaz Osório
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "E depois do adeus" (1974)
"Uma flor de verde pinho" (1976) ►

The song is a moderately up-tempo number, describing the joy felt in Portugal at the success of the Carnation Revolution of the year before, in which Mendes participated – which had been initiated by the playing of Portugal's previous contest entry on the radio. Mendes describes the overthrow of the Estado Novo regime as being like a "rebirth" and a "dawn" for his country, and sings that "there can't be enough songs like this".

The song was performed sixteenth on the night, following Finland's Pihasoittajat with "Old Man Fiddle" and preceding Spain's Sergio y Estíbaliz with "Tú volverás". At the close of voting, it had received 16 points (12 if which from Turkey), placing 16th in a field of 19.

It was succeeded as Portuguese representative at the 1976 contest by Carlos do Carmo with "Uma flor de verde pinho".[1]


  1. ^ Duarte Mendes - Madrugada. Accessed April 29, 2012.