Eurovision victory

In some countries, the Eurovision Song Contest is a huge thing. No one will miss watching it, and some even gather with friends around the TV and give points to compare to the ones of the judges. And make bets. They have fun, but also take it seriously.

Sweden is one of those countries. Most people get quite involved, starting already when the national competition to choose the representing song is held. In Portugal not so much. I haven’t heard anyone even mention this upcoming event. This is probably due to the fact that Portugal has never won. Or even been close. Some years not even making the finals. I won’t even speculate in reasons for this. Because I know there is more to the Portuguese music scene than just ‘Fado’.

But suddenly there were rumours that Portugal had a major hit. That they might win. Oh, this had to be witnessed first hand. TV switched on, a glass of wine in hand and the show begins. And what a show it was! Lot’s of good music, good artists, but most of them very mainstream pop. Except for the Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral, who had chosen a love ballad and surprisingly presented it in his native tongue. Would this work? Oh yes, but it did! It was a landslide win, receiving a lot of 12-point votes.  Listen to the song, and decide for yourself:

I’m sharing a translation of  the lyrics, for those who can’t understand what he sings:

Amar Pelos Dois

Se um dia alguém perguntar por mim
Diz que vivi para te amar
Antes de ti só existi
Cansado e sem nada p’ra dar

Meu bem, ouve as minhas preces
Peço que regresses, que me voltes a querer
Eu sei que não se ama sozinho
Talvez devagarinho possas voltar a aprender

Meu bem, ouve as minhas preces
Peço que regresses, que me voltes a querer
Eu sei que não se ama sozinho
Talvez devagarinho possas voltar a aprender

Se o teu coração não quiser ceder
Não sentir paixão, não quiser sofrer
Sem fazer planos do que virá depois
O meu coração pode amar pelos dois

 Love For Both

If anyone ever wonders about me
Tell them I have lived solely to love you
Before you I only existed
Worn out and with nothing left to give

My love, listen to my pleas
I beg you to come back, to want me again
I know that one can’t love by oneself
But maybe with time you will learn to love me as well

My love, listen to my pleas
I beg you to come back, to want me again
I know that one can’t love by oneself
But maybe with time you will learn to love me as well

If you heart
Won’t be willing to give in
Won’t be willing to feel
Won’t be willing to suffer
Without making plans of what will come ahead
My heart can love for both of us instead

Facts: The Eurovision Song Contest started in 1956. Portugal joined in 1964, and have participated 29 years in a row (1971-1999) And until yesterday were part of a group of 25 countries that have never won.  Sweden has done better. They joined in 1958 and has won 6 times (only Ireland has done better, with 7 victories). But the Swedish winner of 1974: ABBA’s Waterloo has been nominated best Eurovision Song ever. (I watched it happen on TV!)

How did you spend your Saturday night, and which was your favourite song?

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