Salvador Sobral

Salvador Sobral
Salvador Sobral RedCarpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Sobral on the Eurovision Song Contest
red carpet in Kiev in 2017
Background information
Birth nameSalvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral
Born(1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 28)
Lisbon, Portugal
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2009–present
LabelsValentim de Carvalho
Associated acts

Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral ComM (Portuguese pronunciation: [saɫvɐˈðoɾ viˈlaɾ bɾɐ̃ˈkɐ̃p suˈβɾaɫ], born 28 December 1989) is a Portuguese singer, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois", written and composed by his sister Luísa Sobral.[1] In doing so, he gave Portugal its first ever win in the contest since its debut in 1964, ending the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history (53 years). Sobral and his entry hold the Eurovision record for the highest-scoring winner, having earned a total of 758 points under the current voting system, after winning both the jury vote and televote.[2][3]

Early life

Sobral was born in Lisbon and has lived there most of his life. He was born into a formerly noble family,[4][5] the son of Salvador Luís Cabral Braamcamp Sobral and Luísa Maria Cabral Posser Vilar. His paternal grandparents are Salvador José de Almeida Braamcamp Sobral and Maria Elisa Perestrelo de Matos de Figueiredo Cabral; and his maternal grandparents are João Luís Posser de Andrade Vilar and Luísa Maria de Melo Breyner Freire Cabral. The politician Hermano José Braamcamp de Almeida Castelo Branco is his great-great-great-great-grandfather.

At the age of ten, he participated in the TV programme Bravo Bravíssimo, and at 20 he was one of the ten finalists of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of the Idols franchise. As a finalist, he sang music by Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen and Rui Veloso.[6]

He studied Psychology at the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (pt), in Lisbon. He spent time in Mallorca as an Erasmus student, where he sang in bars.[7]

Salvador Sobral is a fan of Chet Baker and bossa nova singers including Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque.[7] He speaks five languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, a little Italian and Catalan.[8]

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Salvador Sobral
беларуская: Салвадор Сабрал
čeština: Salvador Sobral
español: Salvador Sobral
Esperanto: Salvador Sobral
français: Salvador Sobral
Bahasa Indonesia: Salvador Sobral
italiano: Salvador Sobral
Lëtzebuergesch: Salvador Sobral
lietuvių: Salvador Sobral
Mirandés: Salvador Sobral
Nederlands: Salvador Sobral
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Salvador Sobral
português: Salvador Sobral
română: Salvador Sobral
Simple English: Salvador Sobral
slovenščina: Salvador Sobral
српски / srpski: Салвадор Собрал
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Salvador Sobral
Türkçe: Salvador Sobral
Türkmençe: Salvador Sobral
українська: Салвадор Собрал
vepsän kel’: Sobral Salvador
Tiếng Việt: Salvador Sobral