Back in 2017, Salvador Sobral caused a sensation when he spoke against “fast-food music” in his Eurovision winner’s speech. But in a recent interview on the Norwegian-Swedish talk show Skavlan, the Portuguese singer appears to have taken a more sympathetic stance to Eurovision music.
Speaking to Fredrik Skavlan about his “fast-food music” comments, Salvador said:
“Nowadays I think maybe I was too fundamentalist, maybe too extreme. Because Eurovision… My opinion is it’s not really about music. It’s about the show. It’s a show to make people enjoy all the new technology, the new sound of things, you know.”
Salvador’s comments echo one of the founding principles of Eurovision: to showcase the latest in broadcast technology, starting with the European terrestrial microwave network of the 1950s.
But Salvador still casts a wry eye over Eurovision, describing his participation in the song contest as his “prostitution”.
While the interview was conducted in English, Salvador was keen to use as much Swedish as he could manage. The Portuguese singer revealed that after being inspired by the films of Ingmar Bergman, he had been learning the Swedish language, saying “It just made me feel really joyful.”
While Salvador has only been studying Swedish for tre veckor — three weeks — it was enough for him to pepper his English with Swedish words and phrases and even make some bilingual jokes.
The “Amar pelos dois” singer also spoke of his experience receiving a heart transplant. He had to spend six months in hospital, waiting for a heart to become available. And this was not a period of great artistic inspiration.
He explained, “It would be very romantic to say that I wrote a lot of songs in my very hard period of my life. But the reality really is just that I watched a series on Netflix. I was so depressed.”
But since Salvador’s successful transplant operation, his health and fitness has improved. Salvador said after a low-key but disastrous comeback performance — when he realised the limits of his out-of-shape voice — he has been working at getting stronger. “Little by little, I began singing better. I don’t think it’s there yet, but it’s getting there.”
What do you think? Is there room for fast-food music at Eurovision? Would you like to hear Salvador sing in Swedish on his upcoming album? Share your thoughts below!