Ever since Salvador Sobral and Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, so many have been hating on not only his song or his performance, but on him as a person. Let me make something clear: It`s completely okay not to love the winner song, it`s okay to be disappointed, but shaming the winner and hating him simply because he`s taken the trophy with him home, is unacceptable and something we need to adress and talk about. Some were also criticising Ukraine for not showing “diversity”, as the theme for this year`s contest was “celebrate diversity”.
I thought Eurovision was supposed to bring countries, languages and people together – that`s why I love the contest and have been watching it for almost a decade. But this time I must say I`m disappointed. Instead of enjoying the contest and accepting that the winner is Portugal, people want to spread hate and rumors. Yesterday my heart stopped beating for a second when I scrolled through the news and saw that the guy who represented Sweden this year, Robin, had written a post on Instagram about how he disliked Salvador`s speech. “Another one. Are you freaking kidding me?” was my reaction. It ruined my mood so much (hehe, that`s how it goes when you love Eurovision) and I felt so frustrated. Is it hard for people to look around themselves and understand where Salvador`s coming from? Romania`s Alex Florea claims Salvador has “head problems”. Thank God Wiwiblogs clears the misunderstandings. I`m one of those that were (and still kind of are) disappointed about the winner. Not because the singer is a “weirdo” (like some people have stated) or because the song is awful, but it just wasn`t one of my favourites. I was SO nervous about Bulgaria and wanted them to win. In the very end there were two countries left to get the televotes – those two were Portugal and Bulgaria. God, I can`t even explain how nerve-wrecking it was! As most already know, Portugal won and received more televotes and alltogether more points than Bulgaria. I couldn`t understand it there and then. Why Portugal? And why did so many vote for Salvador Sobral? I couldn`t understand what he was singing (because I can`t speak or understand Portugese) and I couldn`t wrap my head around the fact that there had been songs with sort of the same “style” before but they hadn`t won. So why Portugal?
I started clapping when Salvador was standing on the stage, saying “I want to say that we live in a world of disposable music – fast food music without any content. And I think this could be a victory for music with people that make music that actually means something. Music is not fireworks, music is feeling – so let’s try to change this and bring music back, which is really what matters.” He`s so right, but I didn`t see the hate coming towards him at that time. You know, I understand that everyone won`t agree about everything and I get that many people aren`t quite happy with the way he said it, but I really wish people were more understanding and way more positive. I wish people tried to focus more on the nice things about other people, instead of always looking for even the tiniest flaws and mistakes. Salvador`s one of the most chill and humble Eurovision winners I have ever seen. He`s in NO WAY arrogant. Look up interviews he`s done – he`s in no way looking for fame. He simply wants to be an artist – he wants to create music with feelings. An arrogant person would take ALL the credits and not wait for his sister to come and share the stage with him. I thought that was obvious.
I really recommend those who`re hating on Salvador, to watch this press conference. He`s one of the many artists that are “shattered” by “everyday-pop-singers” that occupy the top lists. He tells how nobody really cared about the album he released last year – why`s that? Why`s that artists like him aren`t played that much on the radio? The reality is that they aren`t – check out the songs that are doing well in your country. I completely agree with Salvador and I believe so many have misunderstood his message – there are so many artists out there, that create music without any feelings in it. That DOESN`T mean he hates every artist in the world and believes he himself is the only one whom understands music. He was criticising the music industry and how there`s so much music out there without any content. Why isn`t that alright for a singer to say? Not every writer knows how to write well. Writing is art, just like music. Not every artist creates music with feelings and I think it`s completely okay to adress that. Those who are hating on him and saying “I`m just stating my opinion, so..”. Well, guess what? Salvador stated his opinions too that day on the stage, but I guess that`s not okay, because according to some people he`s just “a cunt” who`s dying and nobody will remember him anyways.
This comes from someone who listens to pop, country, ballades and bollywood songs – I like quite a lot. I won`t say we don`t need all kind of music and in the press conference Salvador stated that too. We need ALL KIND OF MUSIC – not only “fast food music.” We need all kind of music with feelings.If you take a look at the past winners, you`ll find many of the same things. The winner song has a “faster” rythm/beat, dancers, something happening in the background, lightening or a stageshow. You`ve got Emmelie De Forest from Denmark who won in 2013 and you have Dima Bilan from Russia who won in 2008. And for once, something else won this year. There was diversity and something different went home with the victory this year. It was only about Salvador Sobral and the song. His sister says she believes Portugal won because of the simplicity and the uniqueness in the song. The Eurovision Song Contest`s official site writes “Salvador Sobral is a singer who manages to put across a unique musical sensibility and magnetism on stage.” What Sobral did, was something unique. Again, that doesn`t mean he hated everyone else`s songs, but he`s tired of 1. how there`s not much diversity in Eurovision Song Contest and 2. how we live in a world of disposable music. Who usually occupy the top lists? Radi stations?And who usually wins Eurovision Song Contest? People wanted diversity – this is musical diversity. Music is what Eurovision should be about – not fireworks and what kind of clothes people are wearing. I love how entertaining the contest is, but in the very end I love the songs that make me feel something. That reach my heart and not only my mind.
People who create art, use experiences, things they`ve heard and seen to create whatever they want the world to see. Art should make you feel something – it should get to the deepest corners of your heart. That`s what I believe Salvador tried to do, and even though Portugal wasn`t my favourite and I was and still am a little disappointed, I`m proud of him. Why? He dared to be himself, despite everything. He wasn`t afraid to be different from the other participants – he did his own thing. Can I also just say how I LOVE that he`s not afraid to speak his mind?
Like I`ve already said – it`s okay to not like his song or his performance, but saying mean things about him as a person and what he is and isn`t, is unacceptable and shouldn`t be tolerated by anyone. I`ll write a post about the hate he`s been receiving later, but for now I just want to say it`s sad how so many have made themselves say the craziest things. I don`t understand how the very same people want others to be kind, but can`t be kind themselves. I`m one of those who loved the Bulgarian song more, but I`ve learned better. I`ve learned that trying to be more positive about something is the way, therefore I`ve seen several interviews done by him, I`ve read about him and I`ve looked up the English lyrics of the song. To the haters: Watch this great video by Alexander Rybak, who sings an English version of the Portuguese song to tribute the winner and hopefully you`ll listen to Salvador`s song with a new and open mind. (Alexander won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, by the way.)
In the very end I`d like to congratulate Salvador – I`m proud of you and proud of the fact that you have been doing your thing so far and will continue to do so in the future. You`re sincere with yourself and your fans and you`re clearly not afraid to speak your mind.
See you next year in Portugal! 🇵🇹