Portugal achieves its first victory

Portugal achieves its first victory

From our special correspondent in Kiev (Ukraine)

In his song, Ammar Bellos DoisHe sings that his heart can “love for two people.” In return, he won the love of the European (and Australian) jury and audience, who made him the biggest winner of Eurovision 2017 from Saturday to Sunday night.

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The emotion of his unadorned performance moved spectators at the Kiev Exhibition Center and penetrated the screens to conquer the viewers. With his melancholy score composed by his sister and laced with bossa nova, the 27-year-old from Lisbon delivered Portugal's first win in 49 matches. Until then, the country's best result was sixth place in 1996.

Salvador Sobral's victory is not really surprising. But the beautiful story was written especially in the last stage. For months, Italian Francesco Gabbani has been presented as the favorite Western vine (He took sixth place). With soft steps, the Portuguese made their way to victory. At first he was invisible on bookmakers' radars, Ammar Bellos Dois It slowly rose to the top of the gamblers' rankings, until Transalpine was eliminated on Friday afternoon.

At first there was concern

Everything was decided last week in Kiev. The Ukrainian residence initially began with anxiety. Salvador Sobral arrived a week after the majority of the other candidates. The singer suffers from heart disease, and the organizers agreed to postpone his visit. His sister Luisa did the two head coaching. She was also the one who, in a beautiful moment of commentary, joined him on stage after his victory to sing with him.

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Salvador Sobral (blue shirt) arrives at the last minute on the Eurovision red carpet in Kiev, May 7, 2017.– Farouk Valet

On Sunday, he made a last-minute appearance on the red carpet that all of this year's nominees walked on. Then it seemed somewhat shaky and shaky due to the ballet of photographers and microphones.

Positions taken

But the Portuguese actor was not absent on Monday evening, during the big rehearsal for the first semi-final allocated to the jury's vote, nor the following day, during the show that was broadcast live around the world. Unsurprisingly, Salvador won one of the ten places for the final.

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Filmed in Green room, the space at the back of the room where artists waited while awaiting results, he enjoyed drawing faces or striking strange poses, revealing a certain sense of self-loathing. A few moments later, at a press conference, he wore a T-shirt bearing the words “SOS Refugees,” warning of the fate of migrants in Europe. The European Broadcasting Union, which organized the competition, asked him to stop wearing it because it saw in this outfit a political message. The singer replied: “It is a humanitarian message… basically humanitarian.” From Wiwibloggs Who still complies with the request.


Aside from the lightheartedness of some of the nominees, Salvador Sobral has never stopped emphasizing that he takes music seriously and hates “junk food” songs (that is, songs that have no soul, are quickly listened to, and are quickly forgotten). By creating victory Ammar Bellos DoisThe jury and viewers showed that they had the same opinion. A song in Portuguese, with a simple staging, and no flashy effects…it won Eurovision. Proof that this competition isn't quite what we think it is.

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About the Author: Aldina Antunes

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