Thousands traveled to Lisbon Airport to meet Eurovision 2017 winner, Salvador Sobral as he returned from the contest in Ukraine.
Salvador Sobral and Luisa Sobral alongside the Portuguese delegation have returned to Lisbon today and were greeted by thousands of fans supporting their victory in Ukraine. Thousands traveled to Lisbon Airport to greet the Eurovision 2017 winner, with both staff, fans and members of the public congratulating the siblings on their victory at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Salvador gave a short press conference on his arrival at the airport in which he said he hoped that his victory would have a positive impact on Portuguese culture and tourism. He also jokingly apologised to RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster, for the amount of money they will have spend hosting next years Eurovision Song Contest.
Luisa Sobral who is the sister of Salvador and also wrote “Amar pelos dois” added with regards to the winning song that it had always made sense for the song to be sung in Portuguese, she had never contemplated writing it in English. The siblings looked overwhelmed as what was estimated to be between two to three thousand people cheered, applauded and celebrated as they left the airport.
You can watch the moment that they arrived at Lisbon Airport below:
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. Salvador only arrived for the contest on Sunday due to illness, with his sister taking his place during the first rehearsal last week.
“Amar Pelos Dois” has been stated in the press across Europe and Australia to be the best song that Portugal has ever sent to the contest. Showcasing the simplicity of a sole singer in the spotlight just singing his song.
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Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Until last nights final 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.