He holds the record for the most points ever scored at Eurovision. However, Portugal’s 2017 winner Salvador Sobral sparked controversy with his comments from the very moment he lifted the famous glass trophy.
However, the “Amar pelos dois” singer has mellowed since his win in Ukraine. Now, in a reflective interview with Germany’s Augsburger Allgemeine, Salvador acknowledges that he said some “nonsense” over the years.
Salvador Sobral labels some of his past Eurovision comments as “nonsense”
As he admitted before, including in January 2020, the Portuguese jazz man is very grateful for the song contest and the career boost it brought. “Even if I said some nonsense after winning the ESC”, he adds.
The interviewer probes for examples of this “nonsense”. Sobral mentions his victory speech first. Upon winning in Kyiv, he famously said “We live in a world of fast-food music. This is a victory for music.” He tells the German outlet that “Even after the award ceremony in Kyiv, I absolutely had to get rid of the fact that we live in a world full of fast food music without content. A lot of people got it down the wrong track and thought I was an arrogant snob”.
He also thinks back to his 2019 appearance on the Norwegian-Swedish talk show Skavlan. Then he cast a wry eye over Eurovision, describing his participation in the song contest as his “prostitution”. Now he feels differently. “Later, on a talk show, I cut the line that the ESC was my personal prostitution. I shouldn’t have done. I wanted to be funny and come across as a little rebellious. Today I know how important that was, for my country, but also for Europe. For example, when you come to Iceland and hear people singing “Amar pelos dois” in Portuguese, that moves you a lot”.
He concludes that “I’ve always loved music that touches you, that comes deep from the heart. Not this synthetically glued together business. Nevertheless, I like the unifying idea of the ESC”.
Salvador Sobral says Eurovision is history for him
Many Eurovision winners continue to pop up at the contest years after their victory. But in a May interview with the BBC, Salvador says that Eurovision is in his past. “I think my history with Eurovision ended there [in 2017/2018]. Now I have to go my own way and have some other goals.” However, “if you’re true to your art and honest, I think it’s a great platform for people to know you throughout Europe and the world.”
While the song contest may be in his past and his future remains uncharted, Salvador’s present is all about his new album bpm. The LP features 13 jazz songs, including the recent single “sangue so meu sangue”. While most of the tracks are in Portuguese, there are also two English-language songs.
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