After winning Festival da Canção — Portugal’s national selection for Eurovision — Salvador Sobral‘s life changed drastically. He’s now juggling the practical demands of sold-out concerts and TV appearances with the pressure that comes from success in the charts and new-found status as a favourite with bookies. Amid all of this the Sobral clan has had to deal with tabloid news regarding Salvador’s supposed health problems.
But he’s staying strong and remains keen to greet his fans. On Tuesday, the Portuguese star was the centre of attention at the official song presentation of OGAE Portugal and afterwards we grabbed him for an exclusive one-on-one interview — the first after his victory.
How have things been going since the win?
“They have been a bit crazy, I must admit. It’s been good because I’ve been touring with my first album this year and this past few weeks the concerts have been full and people are singing the song. It was the first time in my life everyone was singing one of my songs.”
When talking about the success of his song in the charts and with the betting agencies, Salvador had high praise for his sister Luísa Sobral, who wrote his song.
“I think people were touched by the song,” he said. “I don’t think anyone can be indifferent to the song. It’s a beautiful song, beautiful melody. The harmony. It’s so simple. It’s easy for people to be touched by the song and it happened. Every person that has a tiny bit of sensitivity will feel it.”
After receiving a special message of support from 2014 fan favourite Suzy, Salvador and Luísa Sobral presented the audience and the press with an acoustic version of “Amar Pelos Dois”. They took us on a journey where simplicity and tenderness reign over pop drops and glitter.
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