A singer tipped as a potential winner of next week’s Eurovision Song Contest is in desperate need of a heart transplant .Salvador Sobral has been described as Portugal’s best ever Eurovision entrant – but he has a life-threatening condition which means he can barely rehearse or attend the pre-show parties and events.The 27-year-old will sing a plaintive, touching ballad Amar Pelos Dois at the competiton in Kiev, Ukraine.Bookies currently have him as second favourite to triumph, behind only Italy in the popularity stakes.But he has been told that he may not survive unless a heart donor can be found by the end of the year. Unlike the other contestants, who are already in Kiev, Sobral will not arrive until Monday.Sobral had wanted to keep his medical condition a secret – it is not mentioned on the Eurovision website - but after winning the chance to represent his country, he needed urgent surgery to repair two hernias.Experts believe the beautifully simple song, written by his sister Luisa, gives Portugal its best ever chance of winning. One expert, who has seen him perform, said: “There is no movement on stage but that only strengthens the impact of this timeless melody.”Despite entering the competition almost every year since 1964, the country has never won.
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