In May 2017, Portugal broke their spell of competing in the Eurovision Song Contest without ever winning. Salvador Sobral brought his ‘Amar pelos dois’ to the stage and, after 53 years, delivered his country a record-breaking victory!
After having been handed the trophy he gave a speech on stage , in which he stated he hopes his victory would bring music back in a world of fast food-/disposable music, ”music is not fireworks, music is feelings”.
That got on the wrong side with many people who accused him of snobbism.
In an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper he addresses those comments now:
Even after the award ceremony in Kiev, I absolutely had to get off my chest: the fact that we live in a world full of fast food music without content. A lot of people got it the wrong way and thought I was an arrogant snob. Later, on a talk show, I stated that the ESC was my personal prostitution. I shouldn’t have done that. I wanted to be funny and come across as a little rebellious. Today I know how important that was, for my country, but also for Europe. For example, when you come to Iceland and hear people singing “Amar pelos dois” in Portuguese, that moves you a lot.
Salvador’s latest album ‘bpm’ is out now:
Also, give a listen to his new single ‘paint the town’:
What do you think of Salvador’s new music?
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