He charmed the masses back in March when he took the stage at Festival da Canção with his emotional ballad “Amar pelos dois”.
And while Portugal’s Salvador Sobral may not be hitting the pre-parties like the other artists, he’s definitely still singing his Eurovision entry and charming audiences in his own way and on his own terms.
On Wednesday, Portugal’s sweetheart took us to Andalusia with a flamenco version of his entry, performed at a piano and presumably filmed on a smartphone. Olé, qué arte!
Now, that’s how you slay the stereotypes.
Our guy knows Spanish music very well indeed, as he lived in Barcelona as a child, so has flawless Spanish and an ear for that Iberian sound.
I may not be the biggest fan of flamenco, but he could totally pass as a professional flamenco artist with this one as he nails the style and sound, managing to retain the essence of his Portuguese-language gem while performing it in a totally new guise.
Get him a guitar and a cajón and he’s ready for Feria de Abril, mi arma.
Salvador Sobral: “Amar pelos dois” interview
Salvador may not have travelled abroad to promote his entry yet, but in the clip he announces that he will be in Spain next week. Say yay yay yay!
We had the chance to speak with him some weeks ago during his song presentation to OGAE Portugal. At the time he told our Bernardo that he’s not really a party animal, but mentioned that he has now toured all over the country. And where Salvador goes the party follows!
Riding a wave of popularity following his win at Festival da Cancao, he has concerts scheduled until April 30 — just nine days before he sings in the first half of Semi-Final 1.
Salvador Sobral “Amar pelos dois” live in Lisbon
How much do you like this version of “Amar pelos dois”? Should Salvador give it a go at Eurovision? Do you see a future for him as a flamenco singer?
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