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Eurovision 2017: Spotlight on Salvador Sobral (Portugal)


Portugal – After a years break, Portugal return to Eurovision with Salvador Sobral and his song “Amar Pelos Dois”. Portugal have not qualified for the final since 2010 but Salvador is impressing everyone this year and is 4th favourite to win the grand final.

Song: “Amar Pelos Dois”
Music By: Luísa Sobral
Lyrics By: Luísa Sobral

About Salvador Sobral
27 year old Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral hails from Lisbon. Salvador comes from a musical family along with his sister Luísa. He started studies in Psychology in Lisbon before pursuing his music passion.
He lived in America for four years before moving to Spain to study Jazz at Taller de Músics school. In 2009 Salvador took part in the Portuguese version of Pop Idol where he finished seventh.
In 2016 he released his debut album “Excuse Me” which reached #10 on the Portuguese Chart.

“Amar Pelos Dois” was written by Salvador’s Sister Luísa Sobral who is also a Pop Idol Alumni reaching the Top three of the first series. She will be taking Salvador’s place at the Eurovision Rehearsal Sessions whilst he recuperates from heart surgery.

Lyrics:
(Taken from Eurovision.tv)

Se um dia alguém
Perguntar por mim
Diz que vivi
Para te amar
Antes de ti
Só existi
Cansado e sem nada p’ra dar

Meu bem
Ouve as minhas preces
Peço que regresses
Que me voltes a querer

Eu sei
Que não se ama sozinho
Talvez devagarinho
Possas voltar a aprender

Se o teu coração
Não quiser ceder
Não sentir paixão
Não quiser sofrer
Sem fazer planos
Do que virá depois
O meu coração
Pode amar pelos dois

Salvador Sobral on Social Media:
Facebook: salvadorsobralmusic

35 comments on “Eurovision 2017: Spotlight on Salvador Sobral (Portugal)

  1. This is exactly how eurovision should be.
    No, this is what MUSIC should be.

    Thank you for this, Portugal.
    Good luck, Salvador Sobral.

    • Completement d’ accord! 43 songs with this spirit and taking music, even if its pop music, seriously that would be perfect! Thank you, Salvador

  2. #Real Music
    #Go PRT !!!!

  3. A dated, dull song one of those done by the numbers in the 50s and now nobody really cares about. Forgettable for the most part. There are some glimpses of elegance to the melody but they are lost amongst the flatness and the disturbing, unfitting stage persona the performer adopts.

    FdC as a whole was borderline dreadful this year I am afraid. Only Pedro and Fernando kind of tried to move it to a more decent direction but unfortunately FdC trends favouring dated sounds did not treat them well (not that Fernando had the most contemporary song but anyway).

    I predict a well deserved NQ with hopes for Portugal to totally revamp FdC and its process of approaching esc because right now I feel they have just given up and mocking it honestly.

    Either do it and do it well don’t do it at all.

  4. Correction: he hasn’t had heart surgery (yet); he’s recuperating for hernia sugeries.

    I have the pleasure of having my own country’s entry as my nº 1 2017 song and as my nº 1 entry of the 2017 season. People who know my choices and my votes in ETSC and FdlC may understand this. ‘Amar pelos dois’ stems from musical traditions that are not heard very often in ESC: Brazil’s bossa nova and the great American songbook are clear influences present in this lovely and great melody and musical arrangement. Salvador brings along his unique way of performing this song with his whole body, not only his voice. It all feels very authentic and sincere, thus touching people’s hearts.

  5. What can I say? It’s perfection, and it’s a song that seems to transcend personal predilections. I mean, artists like Iveta and Dihaj having ‘Amar pelos dois’ among their favourites? This might go very far if the televote gets it too.
    Boa sorte!

  6. Still my absolute No. 1 this year. It is very down-to-earth, understated and poetic. And performed by a singer who is pleasantly non-streamlined. We are what we are, and that is one of the most beautiful things about this.

    That being said, I sometimes feel the chords in the song aren’t quite daring enough. Since the inspirations include both jazz and bossa nova, I think I would have expected a bit more complexity here; you know, 9’s 11’s 13’s, alterations and things like that. Still they are a pleasant counterweight to most other songs who more or less follow the same harmonic patterns.

    • Not that the chords always have be complex. It depends on the type of music of course.

      F.e. my Polish song in FdlC 19 uses one chord throughout most of the song, except for the instrumental part towards the end which uses the subdominant (IV) chord. It works on other parameters such as the interplay between the instruments, plus the monotonous harmony adds something hypnotic to it :-)

  7. It was love at first listen and what a beautiful specimen of Portugese musical tradition is.
    It’s in a league of it’s own and along Italy voi t as few songs to have live and substance out side of ESC Bubble with it’s outrageously misintepreted notions of radio friendliness.

    Dear god. Let Portugal win and make this competition musically relevant and meaningful!

  8. He is one gentle,beautiful soul…I hope he does really well

  9. Remember to check Salvador’s album! It’s very classy!

  10. On another note I have to add :Portugal and Italy both represent two different negative stereotypes associated with esc from its critiques. A) That it is full of irrelevant music and B) that it is full of novelty acts. They are songs made to exist in those negative stereotypes associated to esc with little viability beyond that.
    Any such victory would drag the contest decades back and hurt its musical credibility for years to come. All the recovery done since 2009 will just be thrown out of the window. And while back then the re-introduction of juries was what saved the situation I don’t know what would be able to save it now…In any such scenario I expect massive withdrawals in a few years and a huge drop in quality. So better enjoy entries such as Belgium, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Australia etc for as long as we have them…

    • And on musically good news for a change, Levina’s great album “Unexpected” is out since Friday :) ! :

    • Why can’t they co-exist? It doesn’t seem impossible if we’ve gotten here already, and the fact that Portugal and Italy are have attracted large numbers of fans in addition to the songs you mentioned prove that plenty of people think that they have space in the contest. Personally, I think that there’s a tad too many of the “almost perfect” entries and would prefer a more 2008/09-esque balance, but that’s just me.

      • Because this contest is about recent years trends mostly – and when you have some perceptions and sterotypes associated with it validated it is easier to follow that road. E.g. Belgium has invested to the contest lately mostly inspired I think by the success of entries such as The Common Linnets or Aminata or even Mans and Jamala. An italian victory means that next year it may be back to Patrick Ouchene kind of mentality. And downhill it goes from there.

        It is easy to follow trends and it is even easier to say “oh esc is again about *insert negative stereotype* we will oblige”.

        Coexistence imo is difficult for the sane reason it was pre-2009 : contest reputation. This is why I think an italian or portuguese victory would mean probably a diminishing presence of contemporary credible songs.

        With Portugal I think it could be saved in the longterm (although I dont think it will qualify let alone win) but with Italy…I dread to think about the coverage on mainstream media this will get and how I will explain it to my non esc fan friends..Let alone that next year I expect the line up to be rich of “Baila chiki chiki”, “Euro Neuro”, “Moustache”, “Aven Romale”, “Lasha Tumbai” and other such not very flattering contest moments. And if Italy’s victory is not enough to slash the contest down the Italy-inspired line up next year will do it. A field day for contest critics..

  11. As you know I absolutely love Salvador and his song and if ever our dear neighbours had a chance to win ESC in the foreseeable future it will be with him, alas looking at the Spanish jury *double coughs* this year I fear high points from Spain seem unlikely :-(

    • I agree. The Spanish jury will ignore Portugal and throw their points towards Bulgaria, Australia, Denmark, Israel and, of course, Swe… (all of them will faint by the time they utter the word Sweden, I suspect lol).

      • we can hope for the best, but as we saw in Spanish NF there is always an underlying sense of nepotism/corruption in these decisions (i.e Spain in general) , yes am guessing David Civera etc will be *cough* big fans of Sweden as it’s well known they are always working with Swedish producers to help their failng careers when South American/Miami-based producers bailed out in the late noughties (I know, I worked as a journalist on such cases !!)

  12. Watching Luisa’s press conference and interview with Wiwi (good that they chose Bernardo … is that his name? to interview her and not William or Deban …), you realise that ESC most certainly isn’t the universe the Sobral siblings have lived in or prepared for in the past. Luckily, she adapts well without corrupting the aura of honest artistry both Sobrals are characterised by. Perhaps it is a good thing that she arrived in Kyiv first because I have my doubts that Salvador would have been as flexible as his sister when it comes to doing ESC.

    • ‘Perhaps it is a good thing that she arrived in Kyiv first because I have my doubts that Salvador would have been as flexible as his sister when it comes to doing ESC.’
      I agree; she is a diplomat, he isn’t.

      • indeed, btw, via a journalist friend of mine at TV3 who works in entertainment area (TV3 is Catalonia national broadcaster as in every “comunidad autónoma” has its own TV channel, I often do work for it) she is also a big Salvador/song fan and will try to get their TV show “Oh Happy Day!” (that’s a battle of Catalan choirs and very popular here in Catalonia) to sing his song, probably in a post-show as I think they just finished the latest season , besides he is well-known here in Barcelona nowadays having lived here :-)

  13. Well it’s unique in its genre and it’s a genre that isn’t really present in modern Eurovision, so it stands out. I do think it’s a great song, and currently my #1 threatened mostly by Belgium and Azerbaijan for first after the lives.

  14. Love this song, go Portugal! Thx for chosing this

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