The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continue our tour through the amazing decade that has been the 2010s at the Eurovision Song Contest. Next up we land in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to witness Portugal finally snatching their Eurovision title courtesy of Salvador Sobral and his songwriter sister Luisa with their throwback ballad “Amar Pelos Dois”.
When “Amar Pelos Dois” was announced as an entry for Festival da Canção in 2017, not many could have predicted it would win Eurovision, let alone that it would get the highest score ever. The physical quirks of the way Salvador composes himself mixed with a genre not seen at the contest in decades made for a controversial entry, dividing the fandom firmly in two camps. However, the simple staging and stunning vocals won both the televote and jury vote by a landslide and Salvador ruled victorious. Do the Wiwi Jury agree with this level of adoration two years later? Let’s find out…
Salvador Sobral – “Amar Pelos Dois”
“Amar Pelos Dois” reviews
Robyn: There are dozens of theories about what makes a winning Eurovision entry, but no one ever said “send an improvisational jazz singer with a sentimental 1950s-style ballad in Portuguese, performing it on the stage island with nondescript trees on the distant LED wall”. But yet that’s what Portugal did and it worked. “Amar pelos dois” was a breathe of fresh air in 2017 and it continues to be a lovely peaceful moment amongst the decade’s heavy hitters. Sometimes less is more.
Angus: “Amar Pelos Dois” is a song you can respect and the performance matches up to that. The whole three minutes transport you to a magical world, where you are enchanted by Salvador and taken back to that magical night in Kyiv. But somehow that moment has always stayed there for me, like a time capsule, except I’ve never had the urge to reopen it. Watching it back, it is a unique performance in the true sense of the word, but I’m not sure I enjoy it. One can respect it, but it also feels quite earnest, and for that reason less enjoyable than other entries from the last decade.
Bernardo: This is the best winner of the decade, period. I say that as a Portuguese, I say it as a pop music lover but above all I say it as someone who believes in the magic of words and melody and the impact they can have in our lives. It was true magic in 2017, it is true magic in 2019 and it will be forever. “Amar Pelos Dois” has a message that will resonate through the years. Love with no barriers, love unconditionally. And Salvador Sobral only adds to the already hauntingly enchanting universe the song transports you to.
Oliver: Back in 2017, I was passionately opposed to this entry and even more so to its emergence as the winner of Eurovision. However, in recent times I’ve had to swallow my pride and accept the fact that this entry really is a piece of magic and art as well as a deserving winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Listening to its simple, gentle and flowing melody makes one want to sway from side to side and imagine they are sat in a colourful field of flowers. Alas, I digress — but that’s what this song does to you: it takes you on a calming and beautiful journey that you don’t want to end.
Florian: Not the most memorable Eurovision winner but definitely worthy of its title back in 2017. And that comes by the simplicity of the track. Just like “Arcade” this year, songs that put emphasis on music can still land on top in a contest that sometimes focuses too much on the performance. But regardless of that, it is also Salvador’s character and the way he sang the song that many fell in love with.
Julian: “Amar pelos sois” and Salvador climbed my personal list from being last place at the beginning to be my favourite of the whole contest. It was so different, so quiet, so emotional. It didn’t scream “I want to win Eurovision!” but was Salvador just standing there, being in his own little world. I get goosebumps every time I watch the live performance. Such a special winner!
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
Lucy: 8 /10
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.73/10
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