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Salvador Sobral announces hospital discharge

Salvador Sobral’s health issues have surrounded his Eurovision experience. Now, Salvador has revealed on his Facebook page that he has recovered and has been discharged!

Salvador’s heart condition

After winning Festival de Canção, there were concerns that Salvador might not be able to make it to Kyiv due to a heart condition. Then, his sister Luísa stood in for him at rehearsals, as doctors did not recommend that Salvador travel for two weeks. A few months ago, he cancelled his upcoming shows and was later admitted into hospital for a heart transplant.

Moments ago, he finally announced “with huge pleasure” that his hospital has discharged him:

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It is with huge pleasure that we can reveal to you that Salvador Sobral was discharged from hospital yesterday, on the 11 January 2018. The singer made a very satisfactory recovery without complications. As is normal, in the post-operative period, Salvador must restrict exposure to large numbers of people. Thank you in advance for respecting Salvador’s personal space and keeping a physical distance. Let’s avoid hugs. Salvador has always felt everyone’s love and support.

Soon we will have news about his return to the stage!

Thank you for your caring and compassion.

We at ESCXTRA congratulate Salvador on his recovery and discharge!

Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal first debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964. Since the EBU introduced semi-finals in 2004, Portugal failed to reach the final eight times.

Their luck changed last year, when Salvador Sobral represented Portugal with Amar Pelos Dois, which his sister, Luísa, wrote. The song won the contest with an unbelievable 758, smashing previous records. We analysed the 2017 results and found that, under the old voting system, he would’ve even beat Rybak’s previous record of 387 points, by achieving 417 points!

This year, Lisbon will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, and Portugal will select their entry on the 4 March. However, RTP have only revealed the composers of the songs in the selection so far. You can find out who they are here.

What do you think? Isn’t it great to find out that Salvador has recovered? Are you looking forward to his return to the stage?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

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Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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