Portugal has won the 2017 Eurovision song contest with 27-year-old, Salvador Sobral’s rendition of Amar Pelos Dois or Love for both .
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”.
Portugal’s entry won both the popular vote and the jury’s vote making their first ever win an indisputable triumph.
“I want to say that we live in a world of disposable music; fast-food music without any content and I think this could be a victory for music with people that make music that actually means something,” Sobral announced during his victory speech.
“Music is not fireworks, music is feeling. So let’s try to change this and bring music back which is really what matters.”
After being named the winner, Sobral performed the ballad again, in duet with his sister Luisa.
An elated Portuguese fan told euronews: “I knew that our song was different, unique. But history was against us, so many years we had bad results that for us it was hard to imagine that one day we could win.”
Euronews – Maria Korenyuk
“Portugal has been participating in Eurovision since 1964. And up to this very moment it has never won the contest. Sixth place was its best result. That’s why this year’s victory has become a true holiday for the whole nation.”
EBU (@EBU_HQ) May 14, 2017