|"Amar pelos dois"|
|Single by Salvador Sobral|
|Released||10 March 2017|
|Format||Digital download, CD single|
|Label||Sons em Trânsito|
|Salvador Sobral singles chronology|
"Amar pelos dois" (English: Loving for both of us) is a song performed by Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luísa Sobral. The song won Festival da Canção 2017 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, giving Portugal its first ever win since their debut in 1964. It is the first winning song entirely performed in a country's native language since Serbia's "Molitva" in 2007, and the first winner written in triple metre since Ireland's "The Voice" in 1996. It gathered 758 points, setting the record for the most points ever achieved by a song in the contest.
"Amar pelos dois" was written and produced by Luísa Sobral, Salvador Sobral's sister. "Amar pelos dois" is a bossa-nova inspired jazz song with a length of three minutes and five seconds (3:05) that moves at a tempo of 92 beats per minute. The song is written in triple metre. It has minimalistic instrumentation consisting of strings arrangements, done by Portuguese composer Luís Figueiredo, and piano without background vocals. Salvador Sobral stated that "Amar pelos dois" is "influenced by those old songs from the Great American Songbook, and it also has a touch of the beautiful bossa nova melodies". Lyrically, the song is about a lost love and the continued attempts to get her back. Sobral described it as "a love song. A sad one".
Luísa Sobral was announced as a participating songwriter in Festival da Canção 2017, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, on 5 December 2016. On 18 January 2017, her brother, Salvador Sobral, was announced to be performing her song, titled "Amar pelos dois". After being sent two songs by Luísa Sobral, written for the competition, Salvador Sobral selected "Amar pelos dois" as the song he would like to perform. Luís Figueiredo, who did the string arrangement that is heard throughout the song, also chose "Amar pelos dois" as the song to go through the competition's various phases.
Sobral competed in the first semi-final on 19 February, placing second after winning the jury vote and coming third with the televoters. In the final, held on 5 March, he won the jury vote and came second with televoters, effectively earning enough points to win the competition and represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Portugal competed in the first half of the first semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest and managed to qualify for the final. In the final Portugal came out as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The minimalistic jazz ballad, a clear departure from pop style sung in English that had graced Eurovision songs in the recent competitions, won the contest with 758 points. The win has sparked public debate about the Eurovision direction, with critics[who?] claiming that the win may influence future competitions.
French newspaper 20 Minutes called "Amar pelos dois" a "superb melancholic song" and described it as a "delightfully anachronistic sound". Spanish newspaper ABC claimed that its jazz-pop tempo distinguished it from the "outlandish proposals in the otherwise kitsch" festival. French magazine Paris Match declared it as one of their ten favourite entries of the year, and noted a "great vocal mastery". Australian Eurovision broadcaster SBS noted the "simplicity" of the song, adding that "there's something refreshing and reflective" in it. British newspaper Metro named it "Portugal's best ever Eurovision entry", and commented that "sticking to Portuguese maintains the charm and charisma of this song that pulls at the heartstrings through musical composition". British newspaper The Telegraph described it as an "artistic, beautifully crafted" and "sophisticated" song.
"Amar pelos dois" was the second highest-ranked entry of 2017 on Finland's De Eurovisa, a Eurovision preview show. The song achieved 38 points out of 40 possible. It was the third highest-ranked entry of the year on Iceland's Alla Leið preview show, achieving 38 points.
|Artistic Award||Portugal||"Amar pelos dois"||Salvador Sobral||Luísa Sobral|
|1.||"Amar pelos dois"||3:05|
|1.||"Amar pelos dois"|
|2.||"Amar pelos dois" (Instrumental)|
Credits adapted from the liner notes of "Amar pelos dois" CD single.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||30|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||9|
|Europe (Euro Digital Songs)||13|
|Finland Download (Latauslista)||1|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||43|
|Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)||5|
|Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)||3|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||35|
|Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||37|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||6|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||97|
|Europe||10 March 2017||Digital download||Sons em Trânsito|
|Awards and achievements|
"1944" by Jamala
|Eurovision Song Contest winner