Eurovision 2017 Winner is… Portugal

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The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest concluded Saturday with the winning song and country being chosen from 26 finalists.

Ukraine was the host country, winning last year’s contest, with Kyiv as the host city.

After the final performances and voting throughout Europe and Australia, the winner is … Portugal.

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In it’s first win ever over 53 years, Portugal won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, with Salvador Sobral singing “Amar Pelos Dois,” a song that pays tribute to Portugal’s folk traditions.

After taking the coveted trophy, Salvador sang the winning song as a duet with his sister to close the show.  She wrote the song and took Salvador’s place in rehearsals when he was too ill to attend due to a heart condition.

Nobody could begrudge Portugal’s Salvador Sobral his win. The UK might complain that it’s been 20 years since their last glory, but Portugal has been waiting more than half a century to take home the trophy. And they did it in fine style, too, with an elegant and understated song that shone among all the over-the-top silliness of the rest of the night.

When he was named the winner, Salvador Sobral claimed it as a victory for quality music. “Music is not fireworks, not fast food music, music is feeling”, he said, voicing a hope that Eurovision will in the future put more of a focus on substance than showmanship.

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Portugal’s Salvador Sobral

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is taking place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine, following Ukraine’s victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song “1944”, written and performed by Jamala.

The contest consists of two semi-finals and the final, with all three live shows to be hosted by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.

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Forty-two countries are participating in the contest. Portugal and Romania return to the contest after a year’s absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina have withdrawn on financial grounds. Russia had originally planned to participate, but announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their representative, Yulia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of having travelled directly from Russia to Crimea in 2015, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance, which is illegal under Ukrainian law.

Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favorite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Voters are not allowed to vote for their own country.

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Each finalist’s song,  including show performance, lyrics and vote total can be found here: EurovisionWorld

(if any videos are geoblocked, and you do not already have a VPN, visit Hoxx.com to download and choose a country in the contest, e.g. United Kingdom)

All the Official submitted videos can be viewed below:

The running order for the final was:

1. Israel: IMRI with I Feel Alive

Israel IMRI

 

2. Poland: Kasia Mos with Flashlight

Poland Kasia Mos

 

 

3. Belarus: Naviband with Story of My life

Belarus Naviband

 

4. Austria: Nathan Trent with Running on Air

Austria Nathan Trent

 

5. Armenia: Artsvik with Fly With Me

Armenia Artsvik

 

6. The Netherlands: OG3NE with Lights and Shadows

Netherlands OG3NE

 

7. Moldova: Sunstroke Project with Hey Mamma

Moldova Sunstroke Projoect

 

8. Hungary: Joci Papai with Origo

Hungary Joci Papai

 

9. Italy: Francesco Gabbani with Occidentalis Karma

Italy Francesco Gabbani

 

10. Denmark: Anja with Where I Am

Denmark Anja

 

11. Portugal: Salvador Sobral with Amar Pelos Dios – WINNER EUROVISION 2017

Portugal Salvador Sobral

 

12. Azerbaijan: Dihaj with Skeletons

Azerbaijan Dihaj

 

13. Croatia: Jacques Houdek with My Friend

Croatia Jacques Houdek

 

14. Australia: Isaiah Firebrace with Don’t Come Easy

Australia Isaiah

 

15. Greece: Demy with This Is Love

Greece Demy

 

16. Spain: Manel Navarro with Do It For Your Lover

Spain Manel Navarro

 

17. Norway: JOWST with Grab the Moment

Norway JOWST

 

18. United Kingdom: Lucie Jones with Never Give Up On You

Untied Kingdom Lucie Jones

 

19. Cyprus: Hovig with Gravity

Cyprus Hovig

 

20. Romania: Ilinca and Alex Florea with Yodel It

Romania Ilinca feat Alex Florea

 

21. Germany: Levina with Perfect Life

Germany Levina

 

22. Ukraine: O.Torvald with Time

Ukraine O Torvald

 

23. Belgium: Blanche with City Lights

Belgium Blanche

 

24. Sweden: Robin Bengtsson with I Can’t Go On

Sweden Robin Bengtsson

 

25. Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov with Beautiful Mess

Bulgaria Kristian Kostov

 

26. France: Alma with Requiem

France Alma

 

Click HERE for the the Official videos of countries who did not make the finals.

 

See you in Portugal 2018!

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