Portugal's Salvador Sobral talks to press after winning Eurovision

19 Mai, 2017, 15:15 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song

Portugal was celebrating its first Eurovision victory last night, after crooner Salvador Sobral won the contest with a ballad sung in his native tongue.

The song Sobral performed was written by his elder sister Luisa.

Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov came second with 615 points and Moldova's SunStroke Project placed third, 374 points.

"We live in a world of fast food music".

"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling. bring music back which is what matters".

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

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Jones secured the UK's highest placing since 2011, when boyband Blue came 11th with 100 points.

After being crowned the victor, Salvador took to the stage for one final rendition of his winning song, this time being joined on stage by his sister Louisa, who as well as composing the song filled in for her sibling whilst he was absent from rehearsals.

Their song, which translates as For the Both of Us, won top marks from both from the televoters and the countries' professional juries, getting 758 points altogether. Portugal returned after a years absence, and won over the viewers at home. "The union, however, has been criticized for not barring "1944" a year ago, allowing Russia-Ukraine tensions to fester".

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

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.

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