Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song

The acrimony is ironic, since Eurovision was founded in 1956 to bring the recently warring countries of Europe together.

Although the contest is supposed to be nonpolitical, this year's Eurovision saw its share of controversy.

After the Kiev event opened, it emerged that the Bulgarian contestant, 17-year-old Kristian Kostov, had also performed in annexed Crimea. According to the country's law, Ukraine may ban entry for any foreigners who had visited post-referendum Crimea without a permit from Kiev.

It's simply a matter of not having one of the best entries in the competition.

This was followed by an exciting sequence where viewers' televotes for each competing country were combined and added to the scoreboard resulting in a thrilling finale that saw Portugal score the most televotes as well to be declared the victor.

But Ukraine was determined to host as expected and organizers announced earlier this month that all the tickets for the grand final had sold out.

Though the event has run smoothly, it has done so under the watchful eye of an nearly overwhelming police and army presence at the venue, Kiev's International Exhibition Centre, and key locations in the city, such as Independence Square.

But the glitzy contest was marred by the ongoing fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko opted not to attend after four civilian deaths.

Eurovision has wrapped up for another year, .

As is tradition, the previous year's victor plays host the following year.

The full results for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest are below.

Eurovision is known for its theatrical production, unique songs and fervent patriotism.

An estimated audience of 200 million will have seen this year's Contest which was broadcast live in the 42 participating countries and in China, Kazakhstan and Kosovo. Votes are then cast to determine the contest's most popular song.

Hostility from Eurovision audiences toward the United Kingdom is primarily based on the opinion that they do not take Eurovision seriously, withholding quality performers and songs. That six-decade run makes it one of the longest-running TV shows in the world. We've also finished last in three contests over the years.

Though some still debate whether we are geographically eligible to compete in a European song competition, what is certain is our strong form: in our two years in official competition we have come fifth and second in a field of more than 40 countries. Since 2015, Australia has been among the contestants.

Gabbani qualified for Eurovision by winning the San Remo Song Contest in Italy.

Roma and Jewish groups in Hungary were celebrating Pápai's eighth place finish, though many had hoped a win would send a political message to Budapest.

Sobral, who is reported to suffer from a serious heart condition that requires a heart transplantation surgery, was not able to leave Portugal in time to take part in initial rehearsals.

Victory comes at a cost, however.

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