PORTUGAL – Speaking to Portuguese paper Publico, 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral fully attacked the Israeli song saying that it’s a horrible song. He also hopes people stop seeing him as a Eurovision winner and return to his normal life (and basically to his anonymity). He had difficult time when he arrived back home last year with all this media and public attention which made his nervous and crying. But he recons that Eurovision brought him good things in life as he had thee chance to play his music in Spain and considers his Eurovision relationship as a love-hate one.
The 2017 Croatian representative Jacques Houdek took the stand to unleash his anger over Salvador’s comment posting a Facebook message in which he said:
SHAME ON YOU, Salvador Sobral!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Is this how a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is supposed to speak out? You tried so hard to portray yourself as a humble man, as a true artist, and you may have tricked the entire Europe, but you did not fool me! Let me tell you something Salvador Sobral – last year, when you missed out on ALL of the ESC rehearsals, and your sister did them for you – the European Broadcasting Union – EBU should have disqualified you! It was unprofessional and extremely unfair to all of us who were there, doing all the hard work! It was also very sad and unfortunate that you were sick, I have to say, but if you are having health issues – YOU DON‘T TAKE ON such a huge project like Eurosong! Even in your own victory speech you were unpleasant to all of us, your fellow Eurosong contestants – but NOW, you are being far more rude by picking on Israel‘s representative Netta Barzilai נטע ברזילי and her song, it is just outrageous! So patronising and completely inappropriate, not gentleman-like of you to do this! You should apologize ASAP!!! If you hate the concept of Eurovision so much, you never should have competed in it! The fact that you had to struggle to listen to last year songs and now you are so happy that you don‘t have to listen to any of this year‘s „horrible“ ESC songs just tells us all that you are a very small person! All of these young artists have dreams and they are under enormous pressure at this moment, so who are you to put shade on any of them? You may think you are a true artist, that is your right, but to me you just seem like a poser. Do you really think you are cool by acting so non-interested and distant? Not! Do you really believe that this kind of behaviour makes you a bigger artist in the public eye? It does not! It just shows us all that you are fake, just like you were a year ago when you won the ESC 2017. You may have won the ESC, but to me you are not a winner!