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Ballad beats glitz as Portugal's Sobral wins Eurovision

January 19 2018, 05:29 | Perry Erickson

Ballad beats glitz as Portugal's Sobral wins Eurovision

Portugal wins Eurovision for first time as Lucie Jones gets 111 points for UK

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and Lucie Jones managed to score a respectable 111 points, finishing in 15th place between Azerbaijan on 120, and Austria on 93.

KIEV, Ukraine — Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a gentle romantic ballad that challenged the event's decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery excess. The winning song, "Amar Pelos Dois" ("For The Both Of Us") was written by Sobral's sister, Luisa.

He said on receiving the trophy: "We live in a world of fast food music".

"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling... bring music back which is what matters". Bulgaria came second and Moldova third.

The Brussels-born teenager delivered a solid effort in the final, and although she placed eighth in the professional jury vote, the TV audience boosted her numbers to finish fourth - equalling Belgium's placing in 2015.

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


Earlier in the show, security guards had to pull a streaker from the stage during a performance by last year's victor Jamala.

The stage invader, wrapped in an Australian flag, sneaked on to the performance area before pulling down his shorts and wiggling his bottom at the cameras during the brief escapade.

Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral performs during the rehearsal ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2017.

Millions of Europeans are likely to be glued to their tubes on Saturday evening for Eurovision's final — either tapping their toes to pop-music trifles or gazing with amused irony at the performers' garish outfits.

Portugal will now host the contest next year.

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