Portugal win first ever Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal's Salvador Sobral with Amar Pelos Dois won the contest for 2017. "That's (local soccer star) Cristiano Ronaldo".

Asked later at a press conference whether he was now a national hero, he said: "Honestly man I just want to live a peaceful life, if I thought of myself as a national hero it would be a bit weird, you know".

According to The Sun, the man behind the moon was Vitalii Sediuk, a notorious Ukrainian prankster who is well-know for crashing red carpet events and notably caused outrage after pinching Kim Kardashian's bottom in the street past year.

Eurovision 2017 was fraught with controversy from the moment Ukraine was announced the victor in 2016.

Salvador Sobral won millions of hearts with his lovely orchestral ballad Amar Pelos Dois.

Ireland have won the most times - seven in all - following by Sweden.

Russian singer Yulia Samoylova performed in Crimea again on Tuesday, coinciding with the first Eurovision semi-final.

"Regardless of whether we're in the final or not I think we've done Australia's future in Eurovision a world of good". "Bravo Salvador! Bravo Portugal", Costa said. Its previous highest place was back in 1966, when it came sixth.

Twenty-five competitors carried on that tradition this year - performing on a wide stage backed by flashing lights, bursts of flames and other effects.

The feeling was never more mutual than Sunday afternoon, when Sobral was embraced by his countrymen and women upon arrival, as hundreds physically swarmed him at the airport concourse, chanting his name while being escorted by police.

The song was written and staged by Sobral's sister, Luisa, who also filled in for her brother during the first and second rehearsals due to his heath conditions.

"It is a very emotional and different song, that sends a message of love and peace", Zellen pointed out.

This year there were no nil pointers but Portugal's neighbor Spain was the unlucky last place finisher with 5 points.

Officially venue bidding has yet to kick off in Portugal, however preparations are well and truly underway within the 63rd Eurovision host country, with RTP eagerly anticipating next year's competition.

Blimey. We wouldn't even have known it was the same person. "Well done Salvador Sobral!" the team posted on its official Twitter account.

Fans of the annual Eurovision Song Contest gathered in the Ukrainian capital for Saturday's grand final, when 26 acts will take to the stage in a riot of costume and glitter.

Sobral says that "I'm exhausted". The song is entirely in Portuguese.

  • Salvatore Jensen