Salvador Sobral from Portugal has won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’.
Thousands enjoyed three spectacular live shows at Kyiv’s International Exhibition Centre this week, with an expected 200 million viewers tuning in on television. On YouTube, the Grand Final was watched by some 4 million people, breaking records.
It was the second time Ukraine hosted the contest, the first time was in 2005, also in Kyiv.
Portugal was followed by Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov, who won the second Semi-Final. Moldova came third with 374 points, at quite a distance from the winner and the runner-up. Last year’s host Sweden finished 5th, closely behind Belgium, which came 4th.
Spain came last with 5 points, followed closely by Germany with only 6 points. Host country Ukraine came third-last with 36 points.
Italy, which was widely tipped as potential winner by press, fans and bookmakers, eventually finished 6th.
Portugal participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1964, represented by Antonio Calvario with the song Oração.
The closest Portugal ever came to winning the contest was in 1996, when Lúcia Moniz finished 6th.
The final outcome was decided by a 50:50 split between professional juries and televoting from all 42 participants. The jury votes were decided during the Jury Final on Friday night, the televotes were decided during the actual live show.