He’s the hipster man-bun sporting singer, who won over Portugal with his cool classic ballad and the intensity of his artistry. And now, by twist of fate, Salvador Sobral might be a shoe-in for victory in Kyiv and it all starts with a little bit of football at last year’s UEFA European Championship.
Rewind 13 years to Euro 2004. Greece took the title, winning 1-0 over Portugal at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon in front of over 62, 000 football fans. Fast forward one year to the final of Eurovision 2005 and Greece were the winners again. Helena Paparizou matched the national football team’s success and beat Malta to take home gold.
What does that have to do with Salvador?
That means it’s in the stars for Portugal to take the win in Kyiv in May, after it won Euro 2016. For added starcrossed symmetry the contest also falls in Ukraine this year. Moreover, when Greece beat Portugal in 2004, they beat the home nation and last year Portugal beat France who were hosting the competition. You can’t deny logic when it’s in the stars y’all!
Do these curiousities ever mean anything?
You may question the logic of linking Eurovision to soccer, but you can’t claim the logic of two consecutive Eurovision wins. And in the case of Sweden and Denmark, it seemed Copenhagen had cast a spell over the contest that meant it won the contest every year Sweden hosted.
That started back in Stockholm in 2000, when the Olsen Brothers won with “Fly On The Wings Of Love”, following Charlotte Perrelli’s 1999 win in Israel. Denmark followed that up by winning again in 2013, when Emmelie de Forest followed Loreen’s win for Sweden in Azerbaijan. Of course that spell was broken last year, when Lighthouse X crashed out of their semi-final and left dreams of a hat-trick for Denmark in tatters. So perhaps it’s time for a new celestial curiosity to take centre stage.
What do you think? Is Salvador’s victory set in the stars or is this curiosity in cloud cuckoo land? Let us know in the comments below!
Shout out to @NinniLumi for looking into her crystal ball and spotting the curiosity in the first place.