Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral has apologised in an interview for the comments he made about the contest following his victory.
In an interview with Augsburger Allgemeinen, Salvador Sobral has expressed his regret and apologised for comments he made about the Eurovision Song Contest following his victory. He explained that he is “truly grateful” for winning Eurovision, but added that “I said some nonsense after winning the Eurovision”.
Salvador specifically spoke about his “fast food music” comment and the reaction to it, in which he said that “A lot of people got it down the wrong track and thought that I was an arrogant prankster”. He went on to add he regretted an interview in which he referred to his Eurovision participation as “personal prostitution”. The singer explained that:
I shouldn’t have done (it). I wanted to be funny and come across as a little rebellious. Today I know how important it was for my country, but also for Europe. For example when you come to Iceland hear people singing “Amar pelous dois” in Portuguese, that moves you a lot.
While he openly admits that Eurovision is not the world of music that he is from, he likes the “unifying idea of the Eurovision Song Contest”.
Image Credit: EBU | Source: Augsburger Allgemeinen
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by Antonio Calvario, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal was 6th place which came in 1996 when Lucia Moniz performed in Oslo. She scored 92 points, receiving the 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut, Portugal have missed a total of five contests. In 2017, Portugal produced a spectacular win when Salvador Sobral took home the crystal microphone with his song “Amar Pelos Dois.” The 2018 contest was held in Lisbon, Portugal for the first time.