Portugal's 1994 Eurovision singer Sara Tavares dies after lengthy health battle with brain tumour

Sara Tavares

She became well known for representing the nation in Dublin during the competition. Tavares participated with her song called 'Chamar a Música' and achieved the eighth position.

Released: 08:45 AM UTC, November 20th, 2023 | Revised: 09:17 AM UTC, November 20th, 2023

Sara Tavares, who represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, has passed away at the age of 45 after battling a brain tumour for a long time.

She gained widespread recognition for representing her country during a competition that was hosted in Dublin. Her entry to the competition was a song titled 'Chamar a Música', which managed to secure the eighth position.

Reports from Portugal state that Tavares sadly passed away in Lisbon on Sunday. It was her grieving family who announced the news of her death.

Tavares made history in Portugal with her amazing performance in the contest. Her song, 'Chamar a Música,' was one of the best results for Portugal.

The Spanish judges gave her 12 votes and she got points from 13 countries out of 25 during the competition that year.

Sara Tavares from Portugal, who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, has passed away at the age of 45. She fought a long battle against a brain tumor.

Born in 1978 in Lisbon, Tavares' rise to fame began after she emerged victorious in the inaugural edition of a Portuguese talent show called Chuva de Estrelas, back in 1994.

She did a rendition of Whitney Houston's song 'One Moment in Time'.

She achieved her second success in that year by attaining the eighth position in Dublin.

After a span of two years, she launched her first ever album titled 'Sara Tavares & Shout!' which was the beginning of her journey of releasing numerous albums in the next twenty years.

In 2005, her music album named 'Balance' was nominated for a platinum record award at the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards.

She's recognized for performing the European-Portuguese rendition of 'God Help the Outcasts' for the Disney flick 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', and in the year 2000, she earned a prestigious Portuguese Golden Globe award for the finest Portuguese vocalist.

In her music, she took inspiration from different kinds of music like funk, soul, gospel, and pop. When she was younger, some of her favorite artists were Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin.

Despite having a budding music career, she had to put it on hold for almost a decade due to being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She made a comeback to the music scene in 2018.

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