Absent last year in Stockholm due to financial reasons, the Portuguese will make their big comeback next May in Kiev.
In Portugal, since 1996, Portugal has never won. His best ever place is a sixth place obtained in 1996 by Lucia Moniz with the title ”O meu coração não tem cor” . Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004 - and two editions missed in 2013 and 2016 - Portugal only qualified three times in the final in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Unlike other participants, the organizers of Portugal’s selection never gave in to the temptation to present a song in English to increase their chances of success. Winner of the national selection Sunday evening, Salvador Sobral will not betray this tradition by proposing a song totally in Portuguese entitled ”Amor pelos do”.
From 16 to 8 acts, a total of 4 acts from each semi-final were shortlisted to compete in tonight’s grand final of the festival. Each act performed for the votes of both the public and jury, the same process used as with the first 2 semi-finals. History was made in tonight’s festival following the appearance of the first ever English language entry of the competition, the first of which following the abolition of the language restriction rule.
The song is a very old fashioned sang in a very quirky way by Salvador. Somehow this should not work and should be really weird, but it sounds quite good. There is something that transports you somewhere else when you listen to his quiet soft voice. That song also enjoyed a great reaction from the public.
"It's a sad love song. It is influenced by these old songs of the Great American Songbook and it also has a touch of the magnificent bossanova melodies,” said the singer. ”It is my sister who is the composer, she wrote it and thought I would be the right person to sing it. "
Salvador Sobral , 28, started his carrer from a talent show: in fact took part in the 2009 edition of ”Pop Idol”. He lived between the US and Barcelona and has released a debut album last November but came out with a new single for Universal Music. He currently performs with his jazz quartet. Salvador Sobral praises his sister for the song just as well: "It's an opportunity to sing a beautiful song from an excellent songwriter, and show it to the world". Salvador has earned the best criticism from the specialized press, colleagues of profession and, more importantly, the public. Whether or not winning the competition is their goal, the composer believes that the song is strong and has a place in Eurovision "to represent a little bit of what is being done in Portugal".
A choice of quality that surely will collide with a completely different sound at Eurovision. Jazz returns to Eurovision for the third time after "Frauen regier'n die welt" Roger Cicero in 2007, and after the second place of "Madness of Love" by Raphael Gualazzi in 2011.
Portugal will compete in the first half of the first semi-final on the 9 May, performing for a place in the final of Eurovision 2017 on the 13 May.
Will Portugal qualify for the final in Eurovision Song Contest 2017?