Thursday 22 February 2018

Portugal wins Eurovision for first time - 53 long years of waiting are over

 

Francesco Gabbani from Italy, right, performs the song
Francesco Gabbani from Italy, right, performs the song ""Occidentali's Karma" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Portuguese singer representing Portugal with the song "Amar Pelos Dios" Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral aka Salvador Sobral performs on stage during the final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, on May 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Kasia Mos from Poland performs the song "Flashlight" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
JOWST from Norway is introduced during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Eurovision fans from Spain pose prior the final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest,in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Nathan Trent from Austria performs the song "Running on Air" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Joci Papai from Hungary performs the song "Origo" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Moldova's group Sunstroke Project performs the song "Hey Mamma" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the Internation-al Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Denmark's Anja performs the song "Where I Am" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Croatia's Jacques Houdek performs the song "My Friend" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibi-tion Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Croatia's Jacques Houdek performs the song "My Friend" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibi-tion Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Romania's Ilinca ft. Alex Florea performs the song "Yodel It!" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibi-tion Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukraine's O.Torvald performs the song "Time" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017.
Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov performs with the song "Beautiful Mess" dur-ing the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Italy's Francesco Gabbani performs the song "Occidentali's Karma" dur-ing the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov performs with the song "Beautiful Mess" dur-ing the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Lucie Jones from United Kingdom performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Manel Navarro from Spain, left, performs the song "Do It for Your Lover" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Robin Bengtsson from Sweden, center, performs the song "I Can't Go On"during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ilinca feat. Alex Florea from Romania performs the song "Yodel It!" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
JOWST from Norway performs the song "Grab the Moment" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Robin Bengtsson, second left, from Sweden performs the song "I Can't Go On" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
United Kingdom's Lucie Jones performs the song "Never Give Up On You" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the Inter-national Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ukraine's Jamala performs a song as security detain a fan during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Salvador Sobral from Portugal reacts during the voting stage of the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Salvador Sobral from Portugal performs the song "Amar pelos dois" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Salvador Sobral from Portugal poses for a photographers after winning the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Amar pelos dois" in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Salvador Sobral from Portugal smiles after winning the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Amar pelos dois" during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Spain's Manel Navarro performs the song "Do It For Your Lover" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhi-bition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Levina from Germany performs the song "Perfect Life" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Austria's Nathan Trent performs the song "Running On Air" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibi-tion Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017 REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Alma from France performs the song "Requiem" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Hovig from Cyprus performs the song "Gravity" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Jacques Houdek from Croatia performs the song "My Friend" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Netherlands's OG3NE performs the song "Lights and Shadows" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhi-bition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Lucie Jones from United Kingdom performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Lucie Jones from United Kingdom performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Blanche from Belgium performs the song "City Lights" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Dihaj from Azerbaijan performs the song "Skeletons" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
United Kingdom's Lucie Jones performs the song "Never Give Up On You" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the Inter-national Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukraine's O.Torvald performs the song "Time" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Cyprus's Hovig performs the song "Gravity" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Cyprus's Hovig performs the song "Gravity" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
France's Alma performs the song "Requiem" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Austria's Nathan Trent performs the song "Running On Air" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibi-tion Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017 REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
France's Alma performs the song "Requiem" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Greece's Demy performs the song "This is Love" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Spain's Manel Navarro performs the song "Do It For Your Lover" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhi-bition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Spain's Manel Navarro performs the song "Do It For Your Lover" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhi-bition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Hungary's Joci Pápai performs the song "Origo" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Azerbaijan's Dihaj performs the song "Skeletons" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Moldova's group Sunstroke Project performs the song "Hey Mamma" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the Internation-al Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Israel's IMRI performs the song "I Feel Alive" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017.
Italy's Francesco Gabbani performs the song "Occidentali's Karma" dur-ing the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Italy's Francesco Gabbani performs the song "Occidentali's Karma" dur-ing the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Netherlands's OG3NE performs the song "Lights and Shadows" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhi-bition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Fans wave flags before the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Fans take selfie before the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Fans arrive at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Imri Ziv from Israel perform the song "I Feel Alive" during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Portuguese journalists react during the final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
A fan of Italy’s singer Francesco Gabbani gestures as he fixes the national flag in a press centre before the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Fans arrive at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Israel's fans wave flags before the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Australia's fans arrive at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 13: Artem Lukyanenko and Ksenia Zhuk of the band Naviband, representing Belarus, perform the song 'Story of My Life' during the final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 13, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Danish-Australian singer representing Denmark with the song "Where I am" Anja Nissen performs on stage during the final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, on May 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 13: Singer IMRI, representing Israel, performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 13, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

By Joe Nerssessian

Portugal has won its first Eurovision Song Contest for Salvador Sobral’s performance of Amar Pelos Dois.

Salvador was crowned winner during a tense finale in Kiev, Ukraine, marking the first time Portugal has finished inside the top five in 53 years of taking part.

Meanwhile the UK achieved its highest points haul in eight years with former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones receiving 111 for her performance of Never Give Up On You.

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Speaking after his win, Salvador – who has fought ill health to take part in the competition – dedicated his triumph to “music that means something”.

He said: “We live in a world of disposable music, fast food music without content and I think this can be a victory for music that means something.

“Music is not fireworks, music is feeling … bring music back which is what matters.”

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He was then joined for a duet by his sister as he took to the stage for the winner’s performance at the Kiev International Exhibition Centre

In second place were Bulgaria while Moldova finished third. Last year’s victors, Ukraine, finished in 23rd place.

Welsh-born Lucie came 15th after receiving points hauls from a number of countries including 12 from Australia.

Graham Norton, guided UK viewers through the contest on BBC One, and described Jones’ performance as “stunning”, adding: “It has to be one of our strongest entrants in years.”

The UK’s last win came in 1997 from the Katrina Leskanich-fronted Katrina And The Waves, who said Jones “absolutely smashed it” in a post on Twitter.

Earlier in the show, security guards had to pull a streaker from the stage during a performance by last year’s winner Jamala.

The stage invader, wrapped in an Australian flag, sneaked on to the stage pulled down his shorts and wiggled his bottom at the cameras during the brief escapade.

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