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Salvador Sobral will represent Portugal in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with Amar Pelos Dois.
Salvador Sobral will represent Portugal in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with Amar Pelos Dois.
Photo: Cátia Castel-Branco

It's a family affair for Portugal's Salvador

Portugal is making a return to the Eurovision Song Contest this year for the first time since 2015. Salvador Sobral will take to the stage in Kyiv with his gentle ballad, Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister, Luisa. Last month Salvador won the Portuguese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Festival da Canção, by a 50/50 combination of public and jury votes.

Salvador was born in Lisbon in 1989 and made his professional debut in 2009 when he participated in the Portuguese version of Idols. Salvador originally studied Psychology but his overwhelming passion for music took over and since his professional debut he has proven to be one of the most promising new artists on the Portuguese and Spanish music scene.

In 2016 he released his debut album, Excuse Me, which was a musical co-production by Júlio Resende, Leonardo Aldrey and Salvador himself. Speaking of his song for Kyiv, he said: "It's an opportunity to sing a beautiful song from an excellent songwriter, and show it to the world."

Salvador's sister, Louisa, has released four albums and has recorded in both Portuguese and English but for the Eurovision Song Contest it was important for her that the entry is performed in Portuguese. "If there has to be a song that will represent us as a country I think it makes sense that it is in our beautiful language. I did not write it thinking of the competition, I just wanted to write a beautiful song," she said.

Salvador considers the simplicity of his song to be one of the most interesting aspects about it and adds that being truthful, genuine and emotional are his greatest character traits. He will perform his entry ninth in the running order of the first Semi-Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 9th May.