"Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈɲoɾɐ ðu ˈmaɾ ˈneɣɾɐz ˈaɣwɐʃ]; "Lady of the sea (Dark waters)") is a song recorded by Portuguese singer Vânia Fernandes, written by Andrej Babić and Carlos Coelho. It is best known as the Portuguese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, held in Belgrade, Serbia. It was the winner of the 2008 edition of Festival da Canção, the national selection final, after receiving a total of 17,650 votes (35%), more than the double of votes received by the runner-up.
|"Senhora do mar (Negras águas)"|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry|
|◄ "Dança comigo" (2007)|
|"Todas as ruas do amor" (2009) ►|
The song composer Andrej Babić also wrote Croatia's entry in 2003, "Više nisam tvoja" by Claudia Beni; Bosnia and Herzegovina's in 2005, "Call Me" by Feminnem, and Slovenia's in 2007, "Cvet z juga" by Alenka Gotar.
An English version of the song, called "Lady of the Sea", as well as the song's instrumental and an official remix by DJ Rui da Silva, were created and provided as part of the song's pre-contest promotion. A new version in the Portuguese and Serbian languages, featuring Beauty Queens (the backing singers of Marija Šerifović at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007), was also made just before the contest. Vânia Fernandes and the Beauty Queens also recorded new versions of "Molitva" and "Zavet", the song that the Serbian group entered in Beovizija 2008 and came third in the competition.
A music video promoting the Portuguese isle of Madeira featured Fernandes in a studio recording the song along with promotional shots of the island.
Fernandes and her backing group performed last (19th) in the contest's second semi-final, on May 22, 2008, and qualified to the final with a 2nd place (120 points), only behind Ukraine's Ani Lorak and "Shady Lady". In the final, "Senhora do Mar" was the 13th song to be performed and finished in 13th, as well, with 69 points, becoming Portugal's most successful Eurovision entry since 1998. In 2008, Portugal won the Marcel Bezençon Press Award with Vânia Fernandes and the song Senhora do mar (Negras águas).
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