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Salvador is OK

Posted by eurovision on top on December 10, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

"It has been evolving all very well," said the doctor who operated singer Salvador Sobral on Friday afternoon. Miguel Abecasis was speaking to journalists at a press conference that took place this Saturday at 18.00. in the Santa Cruz Hospital in Carnaxide, where the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is recovering.

On waking up, Salvador Sobral, 27, "thanked the team," said the cardiothoracic surgeon. "And he said it with a good voice," added José Pedro Neves, director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital Center of Western Lisbon. The press conference took place less than 24 hours after the intervention. "I can say that Salvador is very excited, very well-disposed," said the doctor Miguel Abecasis, who operated the interpreter of Amar Pelos Dois. The intervention took the "normal" time, about 4 hours.

"He has been waiting for many months, been hospitalized for many months, surrounded by cardiologists, a huge team, there were several clinical decisions in the management of this patient and yesterday it was time to have your heart and Dr. Miguel [Abecassis] proceeded to surgery, "said the director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery department of this hospital, the same where, 31 years ago, Eva Pinto became the first person to receive a heart transplant in Portugal.

The news that a compatible heart existed was received "naturally," the clinician said. "We were talking to him, he realized the difficulties of this type of procedure, so he was very well prepared." The heart failure of Salvador Sobral led the singer to say goodbye to the stage on September 8. At the end of that month he was hospitalized, waiting for a compatible organ.

"It could have been earlier, it could have been later. It was now because only now the conditions all came together," said Miguel Abecasis.

Between the time it is known that a heart is available and the decision to proceed to surgery measures "between 4 to 6 hours," said the surgeon. The time required to assess compatibility with the receiver. In this case, Salvador Sobral.

Details about the donor do not exist. "Impossible," he said firmly, Jose Pedro Neves. The identity will remain anonymous.

Physicians at the press conference: José Pedro Neves, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Service of the West Lisbon Hospital Center José Manuel Correia, Clinical Director of the same Center, and Miguel Abecasis, Head of Service, the surgeon who operated Salvador Sobral.

The singer said "three things" to the doctor before the operation: "[He asked me] If I was in shape, to which I replied yes, if we could put music and I asked what music he wanted, he said classical music; who sensitized me a lot, wished me luck, "revealed Miguel Abecasis.

Interned in intensive care, there is a period of convalescence. "There are a lot of cautions to take in these first two weeks. It is a long recovery that will again involve a number of professionals," said the surgeon.

The medication will accompany the life of Salvador, but, although cautious, Miguel Abecasis, affirms that "if everything goes well, it will fall in the group of 85% that, at the age of five, has a normal life." For now, it remains in the Hospital of Santa Cruz, with no date of exit.

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Austria: Cesar Sampson to Lisbon

Posted by eurovision on top on December 5, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Cesár Sampson will represent Austria in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. As in 2017, broadcaster ORF opted for an internal selection. The artist has already enjoyed Eurovision success having been part of the Bulgarian team in both 2016 and 2017.

ORF's Television Director Kathrin Zechner said: "Cesár is rhythm, he is a child of humanity, he is a voice! Cesár lives and breathes music and is an empathic artist! He understands how to use his voice, as a singer and as a human being. His musicality, devotion to his artistry and his holistic approach to his musicianship are contagious. He is equally authentic and unique, just an outstanding Austrian artist, who is sure to make our country proud in Lisbon."


Lisbon 2018: the stage

Posted by eurovision on top on December 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

The inspiration for the stage of Eurovision 2018 was presented today allong with it four points of inspiration

Florian Wieder explained that the stage for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest has been inspired by four key points linked to Portugal's culture and history: Navigation, The Sea, The Ships, The Maps.

Navigation: The flag of Portugal features an armillary sphere. The armillary sphere is also featured in Portuguese heraldry, associated with the Portuguese discoveries during the Age of Exploration. For this reason the armillary sphere becomes the visual key element in the design concept.

The Sea: The sea gives us a sense of freedom and clarity making it one of the most peaceful places on earth. The design of the stage shows a modern interpretation of a sweeping wave and its organic shape.

The Ships: The Portuguese have been masters in crafting ships since the ancient times. They were able to explore the world because of this outstanding skill. The structure of the stage is inspired by these pieces of boatbuilding art.

The Maps: A map is a diagrammatic representation of land and sea. The radial lines of a map spread out in different directions to connect all of these places. Lisbon becomes the centre where all of the lines come together.


Alexander Rybak tributes Fred Astaire

Posted by eurovision on top on November 26, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In celebration of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios‘ 70th Anniversary, Fred Astaire Dance Studio/Vienna, Austria will delight with an international music project in honour of the legendary dancer and his Austrian roots: PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ - A TRIBUTE TO FRED ASTAIRE

Alexander Rybak is just one of the artist that tributes the Master of Dance. Taco, Right Said Fred and FreakPower are some of the other artists.

But Rybaks song his very apropriate for the upcoimg season since it is no more than Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Visit the official webpage of the project here:

Russia wins Junior ESC 2017

Posted by eurovision on top on November 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Russia won the edition of 2017 of Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Among 16 countries, Polina Bogusevich was the favourite of the specialized jury but not the favourite of the audience which was The Netherlands followed by Malta.

Russia didn't took part at the adult ESC 2017 but won the Junior for the second time ever.

Krylya, Wings, was the song that Polina performed sharing the stage with two comporary dancers. Bulgaria and Israel withdraw form the contest this year but Portugal returned.

This was the final ranking:


Draw CountryArtist/ Song  Language(s) Place Points

01 Cyprus Nicole Nicolaou "I Wanna Be a Star" Greek, English 16 45

02 Poland Alicja Rega "Mój Dom" Polish 8 138

03 Netherlands Fource "Love Me" Dutch, English 4 156

04 Armenia Misha "Boomerang" Armenian, English 6 148

05 Belarus Helena Meraai "I Am the One" Russian 5 149

06 Portugal Mariana Venâncio "Youtuber" Portuguese 14 54

07 Ireland Muireann McDonnell "Súile Glasa" Irish 15 54

08 Macedonia Mina Blažev "Dancing Through Life" Macedonian, English 12 69

09 Georgia Grigol Kipshidze "Voice of the Heart" Georgian 2 185

10 Albania Ana Kodra "Don't Touch My Tree" Albanian, English 13 67

11 Ukraine Anastasiya Baginska "Don't Stop" Ukrainian, English 7 147

12 Malta Gianluca Cilia "Dawra Tond" English, Maltese 9 107

13 Russia Polina Bogusevich "Wings" Russian, English 1 188

14 Serbia Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović "Ceo svet je naš" Serbian 10 92

15 Australia Isabella Clarke "Speak Up" English 3 172

16 Italy Maria Iside Fiore "Scelgo (My Choice)" Italian, English 11 86

Minsk will held the next edition of Junior ESC.