Earlier today Portuguese tabloid Flash suggested that Salvador Sobral was in need of a heart transplant — and that his alleged health issues would sideline him from Eurovision. The rather ugly rumour then circulated within the Eurovision fandom and some fan web sites.
Now Ana Paulo, Salvador’s manager, has confirmed with Jornal de Notícias that the claims about Salvador’s cardiac problems are utterly false.
“I have nothing more to say about that,” she said, explaining that he is doing well and getting over an earlier procedure. “He is recovering well from hernia surgery. Eurovision is not at risk and neither is Salvador’s career. Almost every single concert is sold out.”
Speculation about Salvador’s health has been a hot topic with the Portuguese media ever since Festival da Canção.
The real news about his health was made public after the first semi final of the Portuguese national selection, when he revealed that he had gone to the emergency room regarding two hernias and would need surgery.
RTP promptly announced that the timings of the surgery would allow Salvador to compete in the Grand Final of their national selection and so he did.
However, that didn’t stop gossip magazines and newspapers from creating uncertainty regarding Salvador’s supposed cardiac problems and Portugal’s participation in Kyiv — generating buzz within the Eurovision community.
We are thrilled that the reports — which we did not publish owing to the lack of a credible source — have been proven false.
The wiwibloggs team will be at next week’s official song presentation — an event organized by OGAE Portugal. We’ll get a chance to talk to Salvador — who remains a firm favourite to win Eurovision 2017 — so be sure to send YOUR questions.
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