Portuguese American Journal

BRAVO! Portugal wins Eurovision Song Contest! – Kiev, Ukraine

Portuguese vocalist Salvador Sobral, 27, won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ [Loving for both], giving Portugal its first ever victory at the popular 53 years old competition.

The event was broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev to millions of views. The contest was decided by popular tele-vote (50%) and by a jury (50%). Portugal was followed by Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov while Moldova came third.

Salvador Sobral, who had competed in the semi-final on the night of Tuesday 11, was the favorite of 10 qualifiers chosen from 18 entries.

Portugal entered the contest a total of 48 times since their first appearance in 1964, represented by Antonio Calvario with Oração. In 1966, Portugal placed highest in sixth place, represented by Lucia Moniz.

Since the introduction of the semi-finals Portugal has failed to progress to the final eight times. After failing to qualify in 2015, Portugal withdrew from the 2016 competition. The Portuguese were the longest running contestants never to have won the competition.

Salvador Sobral was born in Lisbon on December 28, 1980. The music and lyrics were composed by him and his sister Luísa Sobral.

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The final tally for Eurovision 2017

1. Portugal: Salvador Sobral, Amar Pelos Dois – 758 points

2. Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov, Beautiful Mess – 615 points

3. Moldova: SunStroke Project, Hey Mamma! – 374

4. Belgium: Blanche, City Lights – 363

5. Sweden: Robin Bengtsson, I Can’t Go On – 344

6. Italy: Francesco Gabbani, Occidentali’s Karma – 334

7. Romania: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea, Yodel It! – 282

8. Hungary: Joci Papai, Origo – 200

9. Australia: Isaiah Firebrace, Don’t come Easy – 173

10. Norway: JOWST, Grab the Moment – 158

11. Netherlands: OG3NE, Light And Shadows – 158

12. France: Alma, Requiem – 135

13. Croatia: Jacques Houdek, My Friend – 128

14. Azerbaijan: Dihaj, Skeletons – 120

15. United Kingdom:Lucie Jones, Never Give Up on You – 111

16. Austria: Nathan Trent, Running on Air – 93

17. Belarus: NaviBand, Historyja Majho Zyccia – 83

18. Armenia: Artsvik, Fly With Me – 79

19. Greece: Demy, This is Love – 77

20. Denmark: Anja, Where I Am -77

21. Cyprus: Hovig, Gravity – 68

22. Poland: Kasia Mos, Flashlight – 64

23. Israel: Imri Ziv, I Feel Alive – 39

24. Ukraine: O.Torvald, Time – 36

25. Germany: Levina, Perfect Life – 6

26. Spain: Manel Navarro, Do It for Your Lover – 5