Portugal in Eurovision 2017: Salvador Sobral to compete in Kyiv

Published 30 Mar 08:26

Salvador Sobral Eurovision

The young singer Salvador Sobral obtained a spectacular result at this year’s Portugal Eurovision national selection, Festival da Canção 2017. After getting the highest possible score from the jury, the artist was selected to represent the country at the highly-anticipated competition in Kyiv. Famous because of his participation in the Portugal version of Pop Idol, Salvador will perform “Amar pelos dois”.

Who Is This Year’s Eurovision Portugal Contestant

Born on 28 December 1989 in Lisbon, Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral is a very well-liked Portuguese artist, known for competing on the third season of the Portuguese Pop Idol. As a child, he also lived in the United States and Barcelona. His piece for Eurovision 2017 was written by his very own sister, Luísa, who shares his great passion for music.

How the Portugal Eurovision 2017 Representative Became Known on the Music Scene
Salvador Sobral Eurovision

Much of Salvador Sobral’s popularity comes from his participation in the third season of Idolos, the Portugal version of the famous television programme Pop Idol. Throughout the episodes in which he appeared, he won the hearts of the public with his unique performances of renowned songs like Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning”, Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man” and Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World”. He proved that he has what it takes to perform songs from a large variety of genres.

Although Salvador didn’t manage to win Idolos, he got a pretty good score, placing seventh in the contest. His participation in the Portuguese Pop Idol brought him a lot of fans and encouraged him to continue pursuing a career in music. Last year, he released his very first studio album, “Excuse Me”, which peaked at the 25th position in the Portuguese charts.

Salvador Sobral Eurovision – Will the Artist’s Jazz Song Get Portugal Into the Eurovision 2017 Final Countries?

Those of you who love a good jazz music performance should definitely watch the Salvador Sobral Eurovision performance on 9 May. The artist will sing in the first semi-final. His fellow Portuguese are very supportive of the artist’s endeavour and hope for the best. Sobral’s single, “Amar pelos dois”, is performed in his mother tongue. The piece sends a very powerful message and has a very soothing and peaceful atmosphere. Salvador’s sister, Luísa Sobral, composed the song especially for him.

Watch the first Kyiv semi-final on 9 May, and you’re bound to be impressed by Salvador Sobral’s incredibly touching jazz rhythms. To find out more about the other Eurovision 2017 contestants and the intricacies of the music competition, take a look at our other articles.

Facts & Figures
Salvador Sobral
Song for Eurovision
Amar pelos dois
Career start
Pop, jazz, alternative, soul
Sons em Trânsito
Group members
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