He’s the hipster man-bun sporting singer who took Portugal by storm and won Festival da Canção 2017 with his traditional ballad “Amar pelos dois”.

And now Salvador Sobral has taken another step on his journey to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv by filming his postcard, the short clip that introduces all acts before they perform their song on stage. 

Portuguese broadcaster RTP has placed priority on presenting Salvador as an artist, while also showing off the scintillating sites of the capital city Lisbon at the same time.

As well as snaps of Salvador laying down his vocals in a recording studio, RTP also shared shots of Salvador showing off tourist hot spots around Lisbon and playing a tune on the piano.

In one of the closeups, Salvador takes a ride on the Elevador da Bica, a funicular railway in Lisbon that opened in 1892, and which connects the Rua de São Paulo with Calçada do Combro/Rua do Loreto. 

We often say winning Eurovision is like climbing a mountain, so why not climb that mountain in style on a vintage train, y’all?

Salvador also shot a few frames at the Livraria Ler Devagar, which has been named one of the ten most beautiful bookstores in the world, and has a coffee shop offering the classic Portuguese dessert Bolo da Marta.

SALVADOR’S ROAD TO EUROVISION

He may not have hit the promo circuit like other acts, but that doesn’t mean Salvador hasn’t been busy. Instead Portugal’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 act has been honing his stagecraft at concerts the length and breadth of Portugal.

It’s also been an opportunity to promote his album Excuse Me which has just cracked the Top 10 on the charts in Portugal.

Salvador will perform 9th in the first semi-final on May 9th.

But fans attending the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party in Madrid don’t have to wait until then to hear his tune live.

On April 15 Portugal’s Eurovision 2014 act Suzy Guerra covered his song live in front of a capacity crowd. You can enjoy the performance below.

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Leo Herlington
Leo Herlington
4 years ago

Tonight, in an RTP news segment about the portuguese entry, they said Luisa (Salvador’s sister) will be the one on stage for the first rehearsals (testing everything) and Salvador will only arrive in Kyiv two days before the first semi final.

tvfan
tvfan
4 years ago

Yes, he prefers to bash other entries in interviews (by saying they are all similars and his song is a tartar and the rest, burgers) instead to do promotion events.

Grande Amore
Grande Amore
4 years ago
Reply to  tvfan

Why does he need to go to the parties? If he doesn’t want to it’s his choice not yours. And he’s right by saying most of the songs this year sound the same.

tvfan
tvfan
4 years ago
Reply to  Grande Amore

Of course, it’s his choice to go or not in the pre-parties.

But I don’t think that doing critics about other competitors or songs is a good thing when you are yourself a competitor.

No Name
No Name
4 years ago
Reply to  tvfan

He didn’t bash anyone, he just said that his song was different and he didn’t relate with the other songs because they were too similar. What’s wrong? He’s actually saying the same thing as other eurovision fans are saying, the contest has less diversity than it used to have some years ago.

It’s fine if you don’t like the song, but coming here to bash him (that’s what YOU are doing) it’s not cute. Concentrate on the songs and singers you actually like, don’t spread hate 😉

Leo Herlington
Leo Herlington
4 years ago
Reply to  tvfan

Actually, Salvador said he really likes the italian entry. He even said he hopes he’s able to meet Francesco in Kyiv and have a little chat, because he identifies himself with Francesco’s personality. He wasn’t referring to every entry when he made the burger/tartaris song joke – and it was clearly meant to be a joke, since every interviewer keeps asking him what makes his song stand out among the others. Obviously, he has his own preferences, as he has stated (he likes several french, spanish and italian entries, for example… but that’s his personal opinion and he’s free to… Read more »

Miguel
Miguel
4 years ago
Reply to  tvfan

Oye , comete las hamburguesas que quieras, no nos culpes a los que nos gusta un steak con un chardonay, bebete tu cocacola y vota a quien quieras

Trans Mermaid
Trans Mermaid
4 years ago

i would love if Salvador won this year, its about time that Portugal wins ,and this song has everything it needs on this years eurovision ,better even than italy or those mainstream pop cliche songs ,i wish that LISBON 2018 To happen ,lets make it happen guys

PP
PP
4 years ago

So much lobbying for Portugal, and some other countries Bulgaria, Montenegro, France, Italy.
Salvador didn t won televote , 2 time in his own countries in semi he was only 3rd in televote in final he was 2nd in televote.

JMarques
JMarques
4 years ago
Reply to  PP

And so what? The best music won and thank god the jury exists…

Tiago
Tiago
4 years ago
Reply to  PP

There was an act that once went through to Eurovision relying solely on televotes, without interference from juries: Homens da Luta.

Leo Herlington
Leo Herlington
4 years ago
Reply to  PP

Lobbying??? AHAHAHA If there’s one country that can’t be accused of lobbying, it is Portugal. Actually, I would be OK if there was lobbying in their favour. And, by the way, the song that won the Portuguese televote this year was so cringe worthy. Salvador won the jury by a large margin to the second place and came 2nd in the televote. It was more than deserved.

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

@Joe: So comparing a stunning piece of jazz song with the all the pimba-rubbish from Suzy makes perfect sense … it’s like saying that Britney Spear’s lip sync ability is on the same level as the legend that is Barbra Streisand … makes absolutely perfect sense … #facepalm

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

While everybody is jumping around from city to city promoting their songs for the fans … and not the TV viewers … Salvador has chose to stay home for all sorts of reasons but mainly because the most important performance is the one he will deliver in Kiev and not elsewhere … and if you’re only talking to the fans and not reach out the biggest audience at home, which you will only be able to do during the semifinals and final, what is the point? I understand the parties are a get around and let’s have fun and celebrate… Read more »

PR
PR
4 years ago
Reply to  Charles

Listen to the man!
I totally agree with you. This contest is about the music. If this isn’t about the music anymore then the name of Eurovision Song Contest should be replaced for Eurovision Show Contest.

Salvador is promoting his album in Portugal and giving interviews. The fans can read and see some of them on youtube. 😉

JuiceQoo
JuiceQoo
4 years ago

4k Lisbon aerial view start from Parque das Nações Meo Arena https://youtu.be/uE6TCoXtZ7Y
One of my favorite song .I really wish “Parque das Nações Meo Arena Lisbon “or” Rosa Mota Pavilion Porto “host next year .Both amazing palace for ESC . but Rosa Mota Pavilion / Crystal Palace Porto will have a two year term to rehabilitate the building.

Grande Amore
Grande Amore
4 years ago

I hope Portugal wins just to make Eurovision great again, and also so those mainstream kids stop shut up and stop complaining this is boring, horrible, old, etc.

Leo Herlington
Leo Herlington
4 years ago
Reply to  Grande Amore

I so hope Italy or Portugal win. I would love to see Francesco and Salvador at the top of the scoretable. I would prefer an Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon (it would be so different than what we are used to, and so beautiful), but I would be OK with one in Rome or another italian city as well.

Andrea
Andrea
4 years ago

And here I thought I couldn’t love this song more. The acoustic version… It melted my heart. Everything’s better with a guitar in it <3

Joe
Joe
4 years ago

I like his song, but I don’t think that it is a masterpiece (and I speak Portuguese).
It’s original and not cheesy though.
I don’t think this is a winner, but I hope Portugal wins in a near future (maybe Suzy will get her revenge with “Agora tu és que és meu”).

JMarques
JMarques
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe

The Susy song genre is considered, in Portugal of bad taste… I realy hope that we never more take a music of that genre…

Joe
Joe
4 years ago
Reply to  JMarques

Yeah, I know. I don’t like it either. It sounds like something from North or Northeast Brazil.

Leo Herlington
Leo Herlington
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Suzy is a really strange case. I believe portuguese people don’t really like the song (Quero Ser Tua, 2014) – I don’t like it either. But Suzy’s personality surprised me. She seems lovely and she clearly won the hearts of several ESC fans around Europe. And her voice is actually better in other songs. I wouldn’t put her in a high place at the final, but I think she should have qualified.

Mega Liver
Mega Liver
4 years ago

God, I want Portugal to win this!
Lisbon would be an excellent host city and Salvador would be a great winner, and Portugal would FINALLY have its first Eurovision victory

No Name
No Name
4 years ago

Lisbon would be a stunning host city

AzeriBoy96
AzeriBoy96
4 years ago

Portugal has to win it. They really deserve it!

Kris
Kris
4 years ago

Is Louisa in the post-card?

JMarques
JMarques
4 years ago
Reply to  Kris

No she is not…

Leo Herlington
Leo Herlington
4 years ago
Reply to  Kris

She isn’t in the postcard. But she will be in Kyiv instead of him for the first rehearsals. Salvador wil only arrive in Kyiv two days before the semi final, RTP announced today.