Portugal: Salvador Sobral wins Festival da Canção 2017 with “Amar pelos dois”

Temos um vencedor! Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2017 is over and we finally have a winner. Salvador Sobral has taken the trophy and will fly the Portuguese flag in Kyiv with the song “Amar pelos dois”. He’s channeling old-school jazz and boho style, and clearly the Portuguese were in the mood for the combo.

All of the acts deserve a nod for their stamina. They endured a three-and-a-half-hour show, which saw plenty of glitter and a never-ending tribute to the 60 years of the Portuguese public television station RTP.

Salvador Sobral – “Amar pelos dois” live at Festival da Canção

In terms of the jury-televote split, there was not a unanimous winner.

Portugal’s seven juries, however, did put Salvador on top and by a fairly large margin. He ended up with 80 points, putting him well ahead of Jorge Benvinda and Celina da Piedade, who finished with 53 points each.

Viva La Diva, a fan favourite throughout the contest, came fifth.

Televoters didn’t side with the jury.

Instead they threw their weight behind the Viva La Diva threesome, awarding them the top marks of 12 points.

The jury favourite Salvador finished second with 10 points and Pedro Gonçalves came third with eight points.

The combination of votes meant that Wiwi Jury favourite Salvador Sobral was the clear winner with 22 points.

Our readers’ favourite Pedro Gonçalves finished sixth with 13 points.

Festival da Canção 2017 – running order

  1. Jorge Benvinda – “Gente Bestial”
  2. Pedro Gonçalves – “Don’t walk away”
  3. Lisa d’Água – “Eu nunca me fui embora”
  4. Salvador Sobral – “Amar pelos dois”
  5. Fernando Daniel – “Poema a dois”
  6. Celina da Piedade – “Primavera”
  7. Deolinda Kinzimba – “O que eu vi nos meus sonhos”
  8. Viva La Diva – “Nova Glória”

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