Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov 2nd in Eurovision Song Contest


Not only is the win historic for the people of Portugal, but it will no doubt mean a lot to Salvador himself who suffers from a life-threatening heart condition, and was frequently absent from "Eurovision" rehearsals in order to save his energy for the special night.

Officially venue bidding has yet to kick off in Portugal, however preparations are well and truly underway within the 63rd Eurovision host country, with RTP eagerly anticipating next year's competition.

"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.

Singer Salvador Sobral of Portugal won the 2017 Eurovision song contest that ended in Ukraine's capital Kiev early on Sunday, TASS reports.

"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling", he said while accepting the award.

In second place were Bulgaria while Moldova finished third. The song is entirely in Portuguese.

Eurovision, in its 62nd year, is aimed at apolitical entertainment.

"Russia's participation was scuttled by host Ukraine over the two nations' diplomatic and military conflict".

The UK achieved its highest points haul in eight years - coming 15th - with former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones receiving 111 for her performance of Never Give Up On You.

Kiev barred Russia's singer Yuliya Samoilova because she had illegally entered Crimea to perform there after Moscow's disputed annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television refused to broadcast the contest, replacing Saturday's final with a screening of the film "Alien". The move allowed Russia-Ukraine tensions over Eurovision to fester. This dwarfed Jamala's win a year ago for Ukraine with 534 points. The race was viewed by more than 204 million TV audience in European countries and other countries across the globe.

The contest helped to launch the careers of Sweden's ABBA (victors in 1974 with Waterloo), Canada's Celine Dion (who won for Switzerland in 1988), and Irish dance show Riverdance, which provided the half-time entertainment in 1994.