Salvador Sobral and Luísa Sobral were congratulated yesterday by the Portuguese Parliament for their victory at Eurovision 2017.
Salvador Sobral and Luísa Sobral were welcomed to the Portuguese Parliament yesterday, at which they were congratulated for their victory one week ago in Kyiv, Ukraine. The motion congratulation the two siblings for bringing Portugal their first Eurovision victory was supported by all members of all of the political parties in Parliament.
Following the congratulations Salvador spoke to the press assembled outside of Parliament. He spoke of his hopes that his victory at the Eurovision Song Contest would help increase spending on the arts. The 27-year-old singer wants to see his victory lead to a larger portion of the countries budget spent on culture and the arts to support Portuguese culture.
While Luísa added that it was a huge honour for her and her brother to receive such a message from Parliament. She went on to say that she was honoured to see so many covers of “Amar pelos dois” appearing on the internet since their victory last week in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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 the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 the best result of Portugal in the contest was 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.