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What you need to know about Eurovision 2017’s winning act

An unexpectedly simple performance conquered Eurovison this year - here's everything you should know about the winner

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What you need to know about Eurovision 2017’s winning act

When you think of Eurovision it's probably flamboyant costumes, cheesy songs and, well, Abba that spring to mind - but this year it was an understated Portugese act that triumphed. How did Salvador Sobral wow the crowd and judges, and what will he do next?

Here's everything you need to know about the winner...

 

Congratulations Salvador Sobral for winning the #Eurovision Song Contest 2017! ���� #CelebrateDiversity

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Pop Idol

27 year old Salvador actually competed in the third series of Idolos, Portual's version of Pop Idol in 2000. His sister (and co-performer) Luísa also competed, coming third in the first season - so both siblings already had some experience of performing to large crowds. Salvador released his first album in 2016, which was titled 'Excuse Me'. 

How did he get into Eurovision?

Salvador had to enter a national competition to be considered for Eurovision - Festival da Canção 2017. He got the highest possible score from the judges and the second highest score from voters. 

 

What was the song about?

The song was called 'Amar Pelos Dois', meaning 'love for both'. It was written and composed by Luísa in their native language - but Salvador also speaks English, Spanish and a little Italian.

Why did it win?

While some of the competition's performances were on the gimmicky side - for example, yodelling from Romania and a dancing gorilla from Italy - Salvador's was conspiciously simple and heartfelt. There was nothing to distract from his voice and lyrics, and his pure perfomance won the day.  

 

Salvador is ready to get on stage to stun the #ESC2017 audience ���� #Eurovision #CelebrateDiversity

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What's next for Salvador?

On winning, Salvador reportedly said "I don't think anything will change. You win today and tomorrow, no one remembers it" and then to another journalist "Honestly, man, I just want to live a peaceful life. If I thought of myself as a national hero or champion of Europe, it would be a bit weird."

He hoped that him winning would help encourage different kinds of artists to participate in Eurovision in the future. "This is music with content; an emotional song with a beautiful lyrical message and harmony - things people are not used to listening to these days. If I can help to bring some change to music I would be really joyful". Historically the only act to have found major fame and success from Eurovision was Abba, back in 1974, but let's hope the competition serves as a launch pad for Salvador's singing career as well.  

 

The winner of #ESC2017 is Portugal! ���� #Eurovision #CelebrateDiversity

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A triumph for Portugal

This year saw the first Eurovision win for Portugal in the competition's history, so it's a significant success for Salvador and Luísa. Hold tight for next year's competition in Portugal!

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