Portugal Wins 2017 Eurovision Song Contest


Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday performing a jazz-style ballad written by his sister, taking the top spot for the first time in the country's history and celebrating with a call to "put emotion back into music".

One dignitary, however, wasn't present. Four civilians were killed and one seriously wounded by shelling in the town of Avdiivka on Saturday evening, the country's Anti-Terrorist Operation press center said.

Below you can listen to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest victor - and see it in a complete stage view where you see all the various effects they used come to live.

And that news led Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to cancel his appearance at Eurovision. He nailed during the jury show, when it matters most.

Some previous winners have been shocks to the eyeballs - such as Finland's monster-masked Lordi in 2006 or bearded drag-queen chanteuse Conchita Wurst of Austria in 2014.

Eurovision is known for its theatrical production, unique songs and fervent patriotism.

Singer Artsvik, representing Armenia, performs the song "Fly With Me" during the Eurovision final. The votes can be cast via telephone, SMS or using the official app.

Block voting, nationalism and a settling of old scores have always been accusations when it comes to Eurovision.

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EBU Media Director Jean Philip De Tender said about the event: "This year's Eurovision Song Contest has shown the power of public service media to create shared experiences that millions of viewers in over 40 countries can enjoy together".

During the Kiev contest, it emerged that Bulgaria's finalist, 17-year-old Kristian Kostov, had also performed in annexed Crimea three years ago.

Six countries are always guaranteed a spot in the final - the host nation and France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, because they pay the most money toward the cost of the competition.

Blanche from Belgium performs the song "City Lights" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, May 12, 2017.

From its launch with seven countries, Eurovision has grown to include more than 40, including non-European nations such as Israel and - somewhat controversially - far-off Australia.

Ireland has done best over the decades, winning seven times.

The contest helped launch the careers of Sweden's ABBA - victors in 1974 with Waterloo' - Canada's Celine Dion, who won for Switzerland in 1988, and Irish high-steppers Riverdance, the halftime entertainment in 1994.