Portugal wins Eurovision 2017 Song Contest for the first time

Portugal wins Eurovision 2017 Song Contest for the first time

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. Bulgaria came in second place with 615 points and Moldova came in third with 374 points.

"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", he said.

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

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

Blanche had been one of the early favourites with this contemporary pop song before rehearsals started in Kiev, but the 17-year-old slipped in the pundits' list of top songs after some nervous performances. Portugal returned after a years absence, and won over the viewers at home. This dwarfed Jamala's win previous year for Ukraine with 534 points.

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

The incident forced BBC commentator Graham Norton to apologise to United Kingdom viewers at home, telling them: "It's been brought to our attention that you may have witnessed a bare bottom earlier in this performance".

After the victory, Sobral and his sister attended the press conference at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv.

In the late 1990s, however, Eurovision underwent some modernisation, ditching the traditional orchestra accompaniment to songs, introducing a free language rule to end the advantage for English-speaking countries and introducing a televote to allow the TV audience to register a preference.

Portugal will now host the contest next year.

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