Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral and his sister Luisa played at a charity concert on Tuesday to raise money for Pedrógão Grande Fire victims.
On Tuesday 27th June, a charity concert called Juntos por Todos was held in the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, to raise money for the victims of the Pedrógão Grande Fire that occurred almost two weeks ago. Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral and his sister Luisa Sobral were amongst those that performed on Tuesday night, as well as Rui Veloso, and pop band D.A.M.A. The concert was a success as it had completely sold out, and was broadcast live on RTP1, SIC, TVI and over 100 Portuguese radio stations. A total of 1.5 million Euros was raised that night, and will be delivered to the Union of Portuguese Misericórdias.
Some controversy came out of Salvador’s performance, though. In the middle of his song, he said “I feel I can do anything and you applaud. I’ll send a fart to see what happens”. He later apologised for his statement on social media. Salvador sang Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”, as well as his winning Eurovision song “Amar Pelos Dois”. Luisa sang “Cupido” and “Conversa”.
The MEO Arena in Lisbon is a likely venue for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal, though a definite decision hasn’t yet been confirmed.
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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.