Carlos Paião Play-back
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Draw Position 15, Final Position 18, Points (Final) 9

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

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. By doing this, he points out, one does not have to risk singing out of tune or missing notes.

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.

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