Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Tina Ray
May 24, 2017

The final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev last night (May 13) brought with it the usual mix of camp chaos and ballgown balladry, but mostly went off without a hitch. "I think that Ronaldo is a real hero", he joked.

"I don't know about national hero", Portugal's first ever victor told journalists afterwards, adding jokingly "I think the real hero is (Portugese footballer Cristiano) Ronaldo".

On accepting the trophy, Sobral said: "We live in a world of disposal music".

Some of Eurovision's more controversial winners have included Finland's monster-masked Lordi in 2006 or bearded drag-queen chanteuse Conchita Wurst of Austria in 2014.

His song "Amar Pelos Dois" - "Love For Both" - struck an intimate chord with the audience.

By the time the curtain falls on the 2017 contest, 1,479 songs will have been performed in total, according to Eurovision.

"I'm happy my romantic song won, and I hope the gala stops being a popularity contest", Sobral said at a news conference, while thanking Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso for his support. "Bravo Salvador! Bravo Portugal", tweeted Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Sobral, who has a serious heart condition that saw him miss the first week of rehearsals, reprised his song at the end of the show and was joined by his sister Luisa for a duet.

Salvador Sobral is an extraordinary singer. Its previous highest place was back in 1966, when it came sixth.

This year there were no nil pointers but Portugal's neighbor Spain was the unlucky last place finisher with 5 points.

But one of the most surprising tweets came further north, from British novelist J.K. Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter book series. With a score of 758, Portugal was well ahead of even their closest rival Bulgaria who received 615 points for Kristian Kostov's entry, "Beautiful Mess".

Along with singers from Italy and Bulgaria, Sobral was a favorite going into the final of the annual song fest, which was hosted in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, and he led the voting throughout the evening. "The song was meant to be sung in Portuguese, but we need to feel whatever we are singing, no matter the language".

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