Portugal Finally Wins Eurovision Song Contest After 53 Years Competing

Eurovision 2017 Ukraine winner

It’s Salvador for Portugal! Singer earns Portugal’s first Eurovision win after 53 years competing in the contest.

Eurovision 2017 Ukraine winner
After 53 years, Salvador Sobral gives Portugal its first Eurovision victory. (Photo by Andres Putting, for Eurovision.tv)

Millions of viewers across the globe ‘Celebrated Diversity’ last night by tuning into the world’s most popular music event; the Eurovision Song Contest live from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and hosted by the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC), the Eurovision Song Contest gave the world a tense and exciting Grand Final where fans watched Salvador Sobral from Portugal crowned this year’s winner.  Salvador was presented with the coveted Eurovision Song Contest trophy and the opportunity to host next year’s event in Portugal.

The Results

26 acts took to the stage in front of a sold out audience at the Kyiv International Exhibition Centre to compete for this year’s title. With an impressive 758 points, Salvador Sobral swept to victory with his moving song Amar Pelos Dois for Portugal.

Eurovision 2017 Results
Portugal was a hit with the juries and televoters. Bulgaria and Moldova complete the top three. Fan favorite Italy finished in sixth place.

With 615 points, second place went to Kristian Kostov and ‘Beautiful Mess’ for Bulgaria, and SunStroke Project from Moldova came third with 374 points with their song ‘Hey, Mamma!’

Tonight’s Contest was broadcast in 46 different countries and live streamed across the world.  It featured a stunning stage and lighting system including ‘The Chandelier’; a multi-layered lighting structure, which brought an added sense of drama and spectacle to performances on the night.

The 2017 Contest is the first time Portugal has ever won the Eurovision Song Contest in their 53 years of competing. Portugal holds the record for the most participations without a victory and has never finished in the top five before tonight. The song was one of only four songs in the competition which was not performed in English and was even written by Salvador’s sister, Luisa Sobral.

Watch the winning performance below, alongside the winner’s press conference:

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