It has been confirmed that Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral as well as Junior Eurovision’s 2022 participant Nicolas Alves will perform as interval acts during Festival Da Canção. Salvador will perform during the final on March 11th. Nicolas will perform during the second semi-final a week earlier, on Saturday March 4th.
Who is Salvador Sobral?
Salvador Sobral is a Portuguese singer from Lisbon. He has been part of the music industry since 2009, when he took part in the Portuguese version of Pop Idol, where he finished in seventh place. In 2017 Salvador won the Eurovision Song Contest with his song “Amar Pelos Dois”, he scored 758 points , which to this date is the highest scoring Eurovision entry ever. After Eurovision he went on to appear in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga in 2020.
Who is Nicolas Alves?
Nicolas currently lives in Torres Vedras. He was born to Brazilian parents in the U.K – where he lived until age 10. He gained popularity in Portugal after taking part in The Voice Kids Portugal, where he sang a cover of Måneskin’s version of “Beggin”. Nicolas’ hobbies include playing the guitar and cooking. He cites Elvis Presley and Queen as musical influences. During Junior Eurovision 2023 Nicolas sang the song Anos 70, he finished in 8th place after receiving 121 points. Nicolas is Portugal’s most successful Junior Eurovision entrant to date.
Portugal’s Eurovision Journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 53 times – appearing the final 44 times. Their only win in the competition came in 2017 with Salvador Sobral, performing his heart-wrenching song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s most recent participation was with MARO with the song “saudade, saudade”. MARO managed to qualify for the Grand Final and once there, she finished 9th, after receiving 207 points from the jury and the televote.
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News Source: RTP
Photo Credit: (R-L) Associated Press/ Efrem Lukatsky, Corinne Cumming/EBU