Salvador Sobral is set to return to the stage as the singer prepares for a series of concerts in Spain later this year.
RTP reports that the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Salvador Sobral is set to return to performing, with a series of concerts in Spain. The dates and locations of the concerts in Spain have yet to be confirmed, but are the first international performances by the singer since his heart operation at the end of 2017.
Salvador spoke with the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, the BBC, last month saying 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 proved 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.
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, 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. After their spectacular win last May, in Kyiv, Portugal will host the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.