Amar pelos dois
Portugal placed in third position in day 1 of ESCToday’s Daily Press Poll 2017, having received a total of 64 points from across 35 press voters.
How did Portugal rank in day 1 of ESCToday’s Press Poll 2017? Follow our live video with the full results from today’s rehearsals!
Stand-in first rehearsal with the songwriter of Portugal’s entry now complete
Check out the official images from Portugal’s first rehearsal, featuring a stand-in performance from Salvador Sobral’s sister, Luísa.
With Luísa Sobral standing-in for Portugal’s official representative, Salvador Sobral, Luísa explained at the first meet & greet for the nation that Salvador will be arriving in Kyiv in time for the Red Carpet event, taking place next weekend.
Luísa went on to speak of her passion for old-time American jazz music, elements of which can be found in Portugal’s Eurovision entry for 2017. The entry itself features a simple melody that goes right to the heart with a nice harmony and good lyrics.
Speaking of Portugal in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Luísa revealed:
It’s a lot of pressure but I also think that we have lots of good music in Portugal and maybe some of the stuff that we have brought to Eurovision is not showing the good stuff that we are doing in Portugal at the moment, so we would like to get a good placing, so that might show that what happens now in Portugal musically is special and will be more interested in our music scene
The Portuguese songwriter of this year’s entry went on to confirm that the reason for Salvador’s late arrival is due to a heart condition, as was speculated earlier this month.
Salvador’s medical team stated that it’s okay for him to be away in Kyiv for a week, but no longer than that.
It was revealed before that Luisa Sobral, Salvador’s sister and the composer of Amar pelos dois, will take over the first and second rehearsals due to Salvador recovering from a surgery.
However, we can learn some important things from her stand-in rehearsal: the backdrop will feature a dark forest with a light blue light goes through it, Salvador will perform on the B-stage in the middle of the crowd with long far and near shots. As it is in the middle of the crowd, no steadycams will be in use (as were mainly in Festival da Canção where the camera was rotating continuously around Salvador) but it’s hard to get lost with the camera work in such a song.
The main thing missing is Salvador’s facial expressions and the crowd which is likely to support the performance significantly in a contrast between the small B-stage and the large hall.