Menina do alto da serra

"Menina do alto da serra" ("High ridge girl"), also known in Portugal just as "Menina" and for this reason sometimes entitled "Menina (do alto da serra)", was the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971, performed in Portuguese by Tonicha.

Portugal "Menina do alto da serra"
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Eurovision Song Contest 1971 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Nuno Nazareth Fernandes
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Jorge Costa Pinto
Finals performance
Final result
9th
Final points
83
Entry chronology
◄ "Desfolhada portuguesa" (1969)
"A festa da vida" (1972) ►

The song is a ballad, with Tonicha describing a simple country girl. She presents her as an ideal to which everyone should aspire in their lives.

The song was performed fifteenth on the night, following the Netherlands' Saskia & Serge with "Tijd" and preceding Yugoslavia's Krunoslav Slabinac with "Tvoj dječak je tužan". At the close of voting, it had received 83 points, placing 9th (at the time the best Portuguese result) in a field of 18.

It was succeeded as Portuguese representative at the 1972 contest by Carlos Mendes with "A festa da vida".