Portugal wins Eurovision Song Contest for first time

Barsaba Taglieri
Mag 15, 2017

The country came out on top after 53 years with its contestant Salvador Sobral and his song Amar Pelos Dois after beating Bulgaria and Moldova in a close final.

"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling. bring music back which is what matters".

A similar incident occurred in Norway in 2010 when the Spanish entry had to perform for a second time following a stage disturbance.

Sobral won in a landslide, capturing 758 points, 143 more than second place.

Bookmaker favorite Francesco Gabbani of Italy splits the difference.

It's been over 60 years since and the competition has grown to 42 participating countries.

During the contest, it emerged that Kostov had performed in Crimea soon after its annexation by Moscow - the reason Ukraine banned Russia's singer.

In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television is refusing to broadcast the contest, replacing Saturday's final with a screening of the film "Alien". Samoylova has already been announced as Russia's Eurovision candidate for 2018.

There was a full moon in Kyiv during the show when an Australian audience member invaded the stage during the third interval act which saw last year's Eurovision victor Jamala take to the stage. The move allowed Russia-Ukraine tensions over Eurovision to fester. A post-war invention that joined 1950s economic treaties aimed at unifying Europe the song contest invites musicians from dozens of countries to submit original songs each year for the chance to compete for the winning title.

The contest, which aired in the US on Logo, has launched the careers of the likes of ABBA, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, and Olivia Newton-John since its inception in 1956.

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