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Eurovision 2017: Watch the top five performances

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song"Amar Pelos Dois during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final Dress rehearsal 1
Laurie Berry | 19 May, 2017, 15:05

Portugal was celebrating its first Eurovision victory last night, after crooner Salvador Sobral won the contest with a ballad sung in his native tongue.

The 2017 Eurovision 2017 victor of the competition was Portugal's Salvador Sobral, who scored 382 points from juries and 376 points from viewers, including 8 from the UK. He reached a total of 758 points (382 jury points and 376 televote points).

Graham Norton, guided United Kingdom viewers through the contest on BBC1, and described Jones" performance as "stunning', adding: "It has to be one of our strongest entrants in years". Third was Moldova's SunStroke Project with a raucous song called "Hey, Mamma".

Eurovision has wrapped up for another year, .

However it was a much better result than a year ago, where we finished 24th, and in fact our best result since 2011 when Blue cracked the Top 10.

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"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.

The annual celebration of catchy Europop, ludicrous costumes and glittering divas was hosted by Ukraine for the second time and was watched by about 200 million TV viewers.

Portugal will now host the contest next year.

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. The UK finished on 111 points. This dwarfed Jamala's win previous year for Ukraine with 534 points.

Belarus advanced to the Eurovision Grand Final for the fifth time, NaviBand being the first act in the contest's history to sing in the Belarusian language.


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