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Eurovision 2017: Portugal’s ballad wins contest
    2017-May-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

PORTUGAL have won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in the competition’s history.

Salvador Sobral, 27, won with his love ballad “Amar Pelos Dois,” which was written by his sister.

He said on receiving the trophy: “We live in a world of fast food music. This is a victory for music... music isn’t fireworks, music is feeling.”

Lucie Jones, representing the United kingdom with “I’ll Never Give Up on You,” came 15th. Bulgaria came second and a Moldova third.

Jones, a former “X Factor” contestant, received 111 points for her performance but didn’t seem too upset, tweeting: “I wonnnnnnn!!! Oh no wait...”

It is a considerable improvement for the United Kingdom, after last year’s entrants Joe and Jake came 24th with 62 points.

Jones secured the Britain’s highest placing since 2011, when boyband Blue came 11th with 100 points.

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.

Their song, which translates as “For the Both of Us,” won top marks from both the televoters and the countries’ professional juries, getting 758 points altogether. This dwarfed Jamala’s win last year for Ukraine with 534 points.

Portugal had been one of the favorites to win, along with Italy’s entry, which came sixth.

It wasn’t all about the singing, though — last year’s winner Jamala had her performance briefly interrupted by a man flashing his bottom.

BBC Monitoring reported that Ukrainian TV identified him as “scandalous” Ukrainian prankster Vitaliy Sedyuk. Jamala continued to sing “unfazed,” the broadcaster 1+1 TV said.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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