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Italy, Portugal lead the pack as Kiev hosts Eurovision final

15 May, 2017, 09:46 | Author: Jan Cross

With his gentle romantic ballad Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both), Sobral captured 758 points in the contest, 143 more than second-placed Kristian Kostov, from Bulgaria, and gave Portugal its first ever win since it started competing in the worldwide event in 1964. This is the first victory for the country.

Bulgaria's contestant in this year's Eurovision Song Contet, the youngest participant, 17-year old Kristian Kostov came second with his song Beautiful Mess, Bulgaria's best achievement ever, reported BNR.

Runner-up Kristian Kostov of Bulgaria wasn't short on feeling - his powerful song "Beautiful Mess" was awash in melodrama, the singer appearing nearly wrung out by romantic turmoil.

Salvador Sobral won millions of hearts with his attractive orchestral ballad Amar Pelos Dois.

Italian Francesco Gabbani, who came sixth, invoked Hamlet and Desmond Morris's anthropology book "The Naked Ape" in his song while a gorilla-costumed dancer boogied alongside him.

The song, featuring internet sensation Epic Sax Guy - who starred when SunStroke Project represented Moldova in 2010 - raked in the televotes to finish third.

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Azerbaijan's act features a man wearing a horse's head on a stepladder while #Romania presents an unlikely combination of yodelling and rap with two giant cannons on stage for no apparent reason.

Kiev barred Russia's wheelchair-user singer Yuliya Samoilova because she had illegally entered Crimea to perform there after Moscow's disputed 2014 annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

A year ago its contestant Jamala won with a song called "1944", referring to the Stalin-era deportation of her Crimean Tatar ethnic group from the Black Sea peninsula.

Salvador Sobral, center, an his sister Luisa Sobral look at cheering fans at Lisbon airport escorted by policemen, Sunday, May 14 2017, after winning the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Amar pelos dois", i.

But with a team of three white male presenters in Kiev and an overwhelmingly white roster of performers, viewers were left wondering what had gone wrong. But the sweet intentions were soured this year when Russia's participation was scuppered by host Ukraine over the nations' diplomatic and military conflict. The union, however, was criticised for not banning 1944 past year, allowing Russia-Ukraine tensions to fester. The race was viewed by more than 204 million TV audience in European countries and other countries across the globe.

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