Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

KIEV, Ukraine — Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a gentle romantic ballad that challenged the event's decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery excess.

27-year-old Sobral, who was seen as the frontrunner of the contest by European bookmakers, performed with the song Amar Pelos Dios (Love for Two), composed and written by his sister Luisa Sobral. Moldova came third with 374 points, at quite a distance from the victor and the runner-up.

He said on receiving the trophy: "We live in a world of fast food music".

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"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling", he said while accepting the award.

Meanwhile, Lucie Jones scored the UK's highest-placing entry in six years, with her song "Never Give Up on You" - racking up 111 points to finish 15th out of 26 countries - the highest since 2011 when Blue performed.

Lucie Jones, who represented the United Kingdom with "I'll Never Give Up on You", came 15th with 111 points.

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It is a considerable improvement for the United Kingdom, after last year's entrants Joe and Jake came 24th with 62 points. This dwarfed Jamala's win previous year for Ukraine with 534 points.

The final outcome was decided by a 50:50 split between professional juries and televoting from all 42 participants.

The stage invader, wrapped in an Australian flag, sneaked on to the performance area before pulling down his shorts and wiggling his bottom at the cameras during the brief escapade. This is the first time Portugal wins, although they have been in the contest for 53 years, from 1964.

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Kristian Kostov from Bulgaria, center, reacts during the voting stage of the the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

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