Broadcaster RTP has announced that Luísa Sobral, the sister of Salvador Sobral, will take his place in the first two rounds of rehearsals of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. Salvador will not arrive in Ukraine until two days before the first semi final.
Salvador Sobral will represent Portugal in the first semi final of the contest on the 9th of May with the song “Amar pelos dois”. However, due to health issues, Salvador will only travel to Kiev two days before the semi final takes place. His sister Luísa, who wrote the song for her brother, will take his place in the technical rehearsals prior to Salvador’s arrival in Ukraine. He will take the stage himself during the dress rehearsals of the show in the second week.
Portugal’s first rehearsal is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 30th April, meaning that Salvador will miss the entire first week of rehearsals and interviews in Kiev. More details on Salvador’s decision are expected to be announced in due time.