In September last year, Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral stepped away from the spotlight to take care of his ongoing health condition.

Around Christmas time, Sobral’s PR team announced the artist had undergone a successful heart transplant operation and in January he was given the all-clear and left hospital to recover at home.

Today, the Portuguese star made his first TV appearance in RTP’s night news bulletin, showing signs of a healthy recovery as well as his usual sense of humour.

Without any surprise, the main focus of the interview was Salvador’s health condition and the experience of having a heart transplant.

“It’s an out-of-reality experience. Yet another one in my life,”  he said about the procedure. “I would be an ice cube if I told you I wasn’t scared”, the jazz star later added.

Set to start a Spanish tour on July 27 — Hola, Espãna! — Salvador is ready to embrace life at its best. “My immediate dream is to travel and sing all over the world. Discover the world and do music.”

And fans won’t have to wait much longer because the Portuguese star is already working on his second solo album. The premise of his work is still there. “I sing to touch people, to make them think and feel something,” Salvador made it clear tonight. His heart may be a new one, but his soul is still the same.

The Portuguese broadcaster RTP recently celebrated Salvador’s Eurovision win with a touching two-part documentary, that followed him from the start of Festival da Cancao all the way to the aftermath of his Eurovision win.

At one point Salvador described the overwhelming moment when he knew he had won, and how he struggled to find the words to express his emotion.

“There were like 40 meters to get to the stage,” he said laughing, “and I’m thinking: What am I going to say? I knew there was a speech.”

“If I had a speech prepared it could have been more serious. It could have had more meaning, I could have been a bit more coherent. But it was a strong, emotional moment. You want to say everything. I don’t know. It came out like that. Truly, it came out of the depth of my soul, because of everything I was feeling that week.”

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L'oiseau
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I am so glad to see Salvador again. Now I am anxiously looking forward for his next album.

Ari
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Ari

While the hype over him has passed me by like most hypes, his “victory speech” was by far the best one ever, so I’ll give him that. Also, the joint reprise with his endearing sister/composer was truly special and heart-warming to watch. Besides that, it is always great to see when people with serious health conditions will not be deterred from pursuing the things they burn for!

Denise Return
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Denise Return

I hope he lives

Jinbeizaki
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Jinbeizaki

I am so so so so so glad to know that he is recovering well! All the best from now on and I hope one day he’ll come to France so that I could see him <3

Also is there a link for the interview with english subs? I would love to watch it but I can't understand Portuguese unfortunately

Pedro
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Pedro
anontruth
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anontruth

he still looks so ugly lmao

anon
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anon

so what? he’s a singer not a model 😉

Denise Return
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Denise Return

russian troll

Kjuri
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Kjuri

Could be any nationality really. They take advantage of the fact that they’re anonymous, to troll. It distracts them from the miserable lives they have. I pity them.

Kjuri
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Kjuri

So ugly that he’s dating a belgian model 🙂 it’s funny how these trolls try to insult his looks…they cant find another excuse, that’s how good his music is 🙂

projecting your own insecuries on someone else, like the low self esteem twat that you are. He’s still the winner, youre still a LOSER lmao. Bye baby boo.

I guess the fact that he won will trigger you forever. xoxo

Hada
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Hada

Thank you for your opinion, Chris Hemsworth

William Lee Adams
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So great that he’s on the mend. Looking forward to hearing him sing live again in the next year!

Ptptptperson
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Ptptptperson

This year! 😀

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’m so happy to see that he’s fine and healthy. He had the craziest year, but with 2 big happy endings. 🙂

Hada
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Hada

He said he wanted to come to Bogota!!! Yay!!!

Nothing beats when the journalist asked him if the heart he received had changed his personality. I don’t know what horro movies that guy has seen or what.

Oh, and Salvador uploaded a video to instagram performing a little bit of a new song: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfOjc3xAV0R/

Thales
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Thales

So happy with this! Best wishes Salvador <3

Jonas
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Jonas

It’s so good to see his recovery going so well!

Of course he looks different, it’s so long since he was in full health that it’s impossible to even know what “normal” looks like for him, in any case, how he looks is probably the least of his concerns – not that he doesn’t look great, because he does!

Robyn Gallagher
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Y’all, part of the treatment following a heart transplant is high doses of corticosteroids. It’s a synthetic hormone that turns up everything to 11 and helps with healing. But one of the side effects is massively increased appetite, which leads to weight gain. It’s all part of the normal, healthy recovery from a heart transplant. 🙂

vila
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vila

Robyn what do you mean by saying ‘turns up everything to 11’ ?

James
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James

It’s an idiom in the English language where basically it refers to things going past what is the normally acceptable threshold “so as to reach or surpass the maximum level; to an extreme or intense degree,” says Oxford Dictionaries online.

In this case, the hormones used to aid Salvador’s healing process helps him recover and much more, including increased appetite.

Jonas
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Jonas

His cheeks look a little swollen, but looking at the video, it doesn’t seem as if he’s actually put on too much weight overall.

Hada
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Hada

It’s actually not weight gain. It’s water retention that causes what is called swelling in the face and neck, and it’s normal and expected when you take immunosupressors.

Lane
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Lane

Cushing syndrome

Paul D.
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Paul D.

So good to know he’s gained some weight, looks very healthy!

Gloria
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Gloria

It looks like is he healthier too, he managed to gain some weight so now he doesn’t look anorexic. Hopefully, he can live a prosperous life.

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

He looks really good. So happy for him. Can’t wait to see him on Lisbon stage performing that masterpiece once again. (: