PORTUGAL – Since winning Eurovision 2017, Salvador Sobral has continued to make comments which are seen, by many, to be controversial. The latest issue surrounds a live concert shown on the three main Portuguese television networks (RTP, SIC and TVI), alongside national radio stations. The concert aimed at raising funds for those in need, involved 25 separate artists and was able to raise 1.153.000 Euros.
The performance by Salvador Sobral was the closing act, where he performed his Eurovision winning song “Amar Pelos Dois” but he also performed “A case of you” from Joni Mitchell. The controversy took place midway through his set performance, where he stopped and told people “I get the feeling that whatever I do, you applaud. So if I fart, I wonder what you’d all do”.
The live audience didn’t react, continuing to applaud and cheer but online media was quick to criticise the comment. “It was an uncalled for comment, totally unnecessary”, was mostly heard by viewers of the concert but others commented that “He said what many were thinking, it was funny”. His commentary has not gone unnoticed, with his Twitter page garnering over three million tweets.