It’s not even been 3 months since Salvador Sobral brought Portugal their first-ever Eurovision victory… but while he sings about having enough love for two, it seems that the former Portuguese Pop Idol has fallen well and truly out of love with the contest.
Portugal’s first ever winner appears to be refusing to sing “Amar Pelos Dois” at his concerts – and this hasn’t gone down well with fans. On July 26th Salvador performed with another artist and, of course, concert attenders expected to hear the song. After it became clear Salvador wasn’t returning to perform it in an encore, the audience turned on him and booed before leaving.
Salvador’s behaviour has raised a few eyebrows before now too. At Eurovision some of his comments, such as his winning speech, caused a bit of a stir both online and amongst fellow contestants. More recently, while performing at a benefit concert for the victims of the Pedrógão Grande Fire, his remarks on-stage hit the headlines after he told the audience:-
“I feel like I can do anything and you’ll applaud me. What if I fart right now? I want to see your reaction!”
Charming! It really does seem that Salvador is not impressed with his sudden fame and is struggling with all the attention.
It’s been announced by RTP that Salvador will be in charge of selecting entries to compete in next year’s Festival da Cansão, ultimately choosing who will defend Portugal’s Eurovision crown on home soil. And of course, as reigning champion he’d be expected to make an appearance at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon next May. While it must be frustrating for artists to always have their carer linked back to a single song, let’s hope Salvador has made peace with Eurovision by then!
What do you think? Is Salvador already bored with Eurovision? What do you make of his behaviour? Is his frustration justified?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan
Image Source: Eurovision Ireland