Former Eurovision winners Alexander Rybak and Conchita Wurst are backing this years Portuguese entry Salvador Sobral.

Both Alexander Rybak and Conchita Wurst have expressed their love for this years Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Alexander, who won for Norway in the 2009 contest, posted on Facebook:

“In a time where our beloved Eurovision Song Contest is slowly turning into “Mainstreamvision” and “Strategivision”, I found a new hope when listening to this song. It’s a song made by real MUSICIANS, it’s a song sung with true HEART, and it’s a song that stirs our FEELINGS.
My friends, this is an ESC entry on the same level as Austria in 2014 and Italy in 2011. It’s pure magic, and I truly hope it will do great!”

Similarly, Conchita posted this on Twitter:

Portugal recently qualified for the Final for the first time in seven years. Salvador Sobral will represent Portugal at this years contest with his song “Amar Pelos Dois”. Salvador is being named as “one of the great promises of the Portuguese music scene”. Moving from developing as an unknown artist, to an artist thrown into the limelight since competing in Festival da Canção 2017. Since performing in last nights semi final, Portugal is now second favourite to win with the bookies.

RTP will be using two hashtags that it will be using on social media in preparation for the contest: #OperacaoKievand #Salvadorable. The latter of the two hashtags is playing on a hashtag that first emerged within the Eurovision fan community during the Portuguese selection.

Source: Alexander Rybak and Conchita Wurst

Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. To date the best result of Portugal in the contest is 6th place. This 6th place came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed “O meu coração não tem cor” on stage in Oslo, Norway. She scored 92 points receiving 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed a total of five contests, the latest being in 2016.