Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Elizabeth Williams
May 14, 2017

Sobral's win delighted fans gathered in the Ukrainian capital for Saturday's grand final, in which 26 acts took to the stage in a riot of costume and glitter. Twenty-six countries will be competing for your votes, in a bid to win the competition.

Earlier the contest had been interupted by a streaker who invaded the stage during a performance by last year's victor.

However, Channel One, Russia's TV network, rejected both options and announced it would not broadcast this year's competition.

The fan was removed quickly from the stage by security personnel at Kiev's International Exhibition Centre.

One country not expecting a first-place finish is Britain. Ukraine said the Russian singer, Julia Samoylova, had performed a concert in Crimea without seeking the Ukrainian government's permission.

The contest's organising body, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), tried to negotiate a diplomatic solution, either by Russian Federation submitting a new song and artist or by having Samoylova perform via satellite, but neither side could be brought to a satisfactory solution.

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Although the contest is supposed to be nonpolitical, this year's Eurovision saw its share of controversy.

He dominated the jury vote as expected, but then stunned everyone by crushing the jury vote to bring Portugal its first-ever victory in the contest. The host nation Ukraine, as well as representatives from the "Big Five" group of the contest's major economic contributors (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy), were rewarded with automatic spots in the final. But the sweet intentions were soured for this 62nd edited when Russia's participation was scuttled by host Ukraine over the two nations' diplomatic and military conflict.

Televotes are in; a victor has been crowned!

After the public vote, Portugal had secured their lead, with their points totally at 758.

However it was a much better result than a year ago, where we finished 24th, and in fact our best result since 2011 when Blue cracked the Top 10.

Eurovision has a major following, and it has helped to boost the careers of many performers - including Sweden's ABBA which won in 1974 with the song "Waterloo".

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