In 2017, he won Eurovision with the highest score ever achieved. But Salvador Sobral stirred controversy with some anti-Eurovision remarks in the years since. Nowadays, however, the Portuguese crooner sees the song contest in a different light, according to an interview with blitz.pt.
Salvador Sobral’s interview for BLITZ
The Kyivv 2017 winner started off by talking about his initial reluctance towards his newfound fame. “The biggest learning was to deal with fame. I had a black period. A very dark period of not dealing well with things. There was a time when I only lived the worst part of fame,” he said.
His remarks against Eurovision during his time in the hospital came as a surprise to many. In the interview, the Lisbon musician supplied an unofficial apology to Eurofans.
“When I was in the hospital I didn’t have that part which I’m going to play in Macau, in Poland and Germany. Now, that finally, I’m living the good things about Eurovision, I’m very thankful. I don’t have hard feelings anymore. I’m grateful to Eurovision and for all the good things it brought to me.”
Salvador Sobral’s past comments on Eurovision
In a June 2018 interview, Salvador critiqued the musical content at Eurovision.
“[Eurovision] is an entertainment show, an audiovisual one rather than a musical one. Music is not really important there. It’s a small detail of the show.”
Also, he was left unimpressed by Netta’s “Toy” — the act that succeeded him as Eurovision champion.
“YouTube thought I would like the Israeli song. I opened it and a horrible song came out of it. Luckily this year I do not have to hear anything.”
Salvador Sobral after Eurovision
Salvador Sobral has gone through a lot since Kyiv. Having recovered from his health problems, Sobral performed at Eurovision 2018 as an interval act, got married and returned to music.
The “Amar Pelos Dois” hitmarker is currently on tour in Spain. He was supposed to hold a recital in Palace of Congresses of Cáceres on Saturday but has apparently cancelled it. The reason is unknown as of now, with rumours circulating that the it didn’t meet the minimum capacity. Thankfully, the tour should go on uninterrupted.
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