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.
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.
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.
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 Portugal and Romania return to the contest after a year’s absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina have withdrawn on financial grounds.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.
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
2. Poland: Kasia Mos with Flashlight
3. Belarus: Naviband with Story of My life
4. Austria: Nathan Trent with Running on Air
5. Armenia: Artsvik with Fly With Me
6. The Netherlands: OG3NE with Lights and Shadows
7. Moldova: Sunstroke Project with Hey Mamma
8. Hungary: Joci Papai with Origo
9. Italy: Francesco Gabbani with Occidentalis Karma
10. Denmark: Anja with Where I Am
11. Portugal: Salvador Sobral with Amar Pelos Dios – WINNER EUROVISION 2017
12. Azerbaijan: Dihaj with Skeletons
13. Croatia: Jacques Houdek with My Friend
14. Australia: Isaiah Firebrace with Don’t Come Easy
15. Greece: Demy with This Is Love
16. Spain: Manel Navarro with Do It For Your Lover
17. Norway: JOWST with Grab the Moment
18. United Kingdom: Lucie Jones with Never Give Up On You