Eurovision 2017: Portugal’s ballad wins contest

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Salvador had missed rehearsals due to illness

Portugal have won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in the competition’s history.

Salvador Sobral, 27, won with his ballad Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister.

He said on receiving the trophy: “We live in a world of fast food music. This is a victory for music… music isn’t fireworks, music is feeling.”

Lucie Jones, representing the UK with I’ll Never Give Up on You, came 15th. Bulgaria came second and Moldova third.

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The former X Factor contestant received 111 points for her performance but didn’t seem too upset, tweeting: “I wonnnnnnn!!! Oh no wait…”

It is a considerable improvement for the UK, after last year’s entrants Joe and Jake came 24th with 62 points. Lucie got the best win since 2011, when boyband Blue got 100 points.

Sobral, who has a serious heart condition that saw him miss the first week of rehearsals, reprised his song at the end of the show and was joined by his sister Luisa for a duet.

Their song, which translates as For the Both of Us, won top marks from both from the televoters and the countries’ professional juries, getting a massive 758 points altogether. This dwarfs Jamala’s win last year for Ukraine with 534 points.

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Lucie celebrated getting 12 points from Australia

Portugal had been one of the favourites to win, along with Italy’s entry, which came sixth.

It wasn’t all about the singing, though – last year’s winner Jamala had her performance briefly interrupted by a man flashing his bottom.

BBC Monitoring reported that Ukrainian TV identified him as “scandalous” Ukrainian prankster Vitaliy Sedyuk. Jamala continued to sing “unfazed”, the broadcaster 1+1 TV said.

The stage invader, wrapped in an Australian flag, was swiftly wrestled off the stage by a security guard.

Graham Norton, who was guiding UK viewers through the contest on BBC One, apologised to anyone who was offended by the incident.

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Portugal and Bulgaria were way ahead of third-placed Moldova

The contest this year took place in the Kiev International Exhibition Centre in Ukraine. The host country could only manage 23rd place out of 26 this time round.

Portugal will now host the contest next year.

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