In a new interview following his recovery from a recent heart transplant, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has revealed that he hopes to be back on stage in May.
As earlier reported, Salvador was released from hospital on 11 January following the operation. Salvador’s surgeon said that he was developing well and after a period of recovery should be able to live a normal life.
Now, Salvador has spoken to BBC Music about the Eurosonic Festival. The annual event held in Groningen, Netherlands focuses each year on the music scene of a European country. Last year was Portugal’s turn. It was also the year Portugal took the Eurovision victory for the first time. Asked if 2017 was the best year in history for Portuguese music, Salvador told the BBC:
I don’t feel I have the authority to say that it was the best year but I know Portuguese music is going through a good phase. People in Europe are finally starting to pay attention to what we do here. And we have wonderful music.
Salvador also confirmed that he hopes to be ready to begin performing again in May, which would be just in time for the 2018 contest, to be staged in Lisbon. For Salvador, Eurovision 2017 has proven to be a life-changing experience:
My life changed completely since then. I didn’t sell many records before and I was okay with it, I knew the music I made wasn’t going to sell a lot. But then Eurovision happened and people immediately welcomed me and my album.
Salvador’s performance of Amar Pelos Dois in Kyiv earned victory for Portugal with 758 points, the highest scoring entry in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. After the contest, Salvador was greeted by thousands of fans in Portugal. He was also honoured by the Portuguese Parliament and picked up a European Border Breakers Award for his achievements.
Source: BBC Music