Yesterday, Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral, did not mince his words when asked about his thoughts on Netta‘s song “Toy” and set the fandom ablaze with his blunt comments. Among the many thousands of reactions all over the social media to Salvador’s opinion that the Israeli song was “horrible” came Netta’s comment, in the shape of a Twitter reply late last night.
Sending only love to Salvador, and to all artists of all genres ?? pic.twitter.com/mcGHpIXTNz
— Netta Barzilai (@NettaBarzilai) May 9, 2018
Israeli singer Netta — who is currently the third favourite to win Eurovision 2018 with “Toy” — replied to wiwibloggs’ tweet with a simple but powerful message.
The loop artist wrote that she was “Sending only love to Salvador, and to all artists of all genres”. The tweet extended an olive branch to the Portuguese singer and was a sign that she did not take his harsh words to heart.
Moreover, the same message is a veiled comment on the fact that music comes in different forms and that all artists are worthy of respect for their artistry. Also interestingly, Netta chose to reply with a photo of her and the current odds-on favourite to win the contest, Eleni Foureira from Cyprus, whose song “Fuego” is bringing the fireworks to Portugal despite Salvador Sobral’s hope that his win would put an end to what he called “fast food, disposable music”.
Fans react to Salvador Sobral’s comments about Netta’s song
Netta’s “only love” reaction was a far cry from the comments of many Eurovision fans, who opinion-shamed Salvador Sobral for his criticism of “Toy”. Many of our readers in particular found the Portuguese singer’s words unacceptable for a Eurovision winner. For instance, wiwibloggs reader jPod says, “I think it’s time Salvador got off his high horse and showed some respect to those who worked really hard to be in this contest. Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but he has come off as rude and disrespectful.”
Some however defended Salvador Sobral for expressing his blunt opinion about a song that did not match his musical taste. “Salvador only replied to a provocative question that was already planned knowing he would give a very harsh but honest opinion on it. We all know that these songs like Toy and Fuego are the type of music he despises the most. Why on earth would be put a smile on his face and praise them knowing this is not music to his ears,” wiwibloggs reader Charles said.
Jacques Houdek: “Shame on you, Salvador Sobral!”
But it was not just Eurovision fans who reacted strongly to Salvador Sobral’s comments. Last year’s Croatian entrant Jacques Houdek was quick to criticise and even attack the Eurovision winner openly, in a lengthy post on Facebook.
Just like Salvador Sobral, Jacques Houdek did not mince his words. While defending Netta, he admonished Salvador for not being a gentleman, going as far as to call him “rude” “a poser”, “fake”, “a very small person”, and demanding an apology in the name of the Eurovision contestants.
The Croatian singer also attacked Salvador Sobral for participating in the contest despite being sick and for not attending last year’s rehearsals. “You may have tricked the entire Europe, but you did not fool me,” he added, highlighting the fact that last year’s winner was a very divisive figure in the contest not just among Eurovision fans, but also among the artists themselves.
There is no suggestion that Salvador’s medical condition was exaggerated for Eurovision. Earlier this year, Salvador successfully underwent a life-saving heart transplant operation and is happily recovering.
What do you think about Netta’s reply? And what do you make of Jacques Houdek’s angry reaction to Salvador Sobral’s comments? Sound off in the comment section below!