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Portugal win Eurovision for first time

Portugal win Eurovision for first time

Sobral captured 758 points in the contest, 143 more than second-placed Kristian Kostov, from Bulgaria.

Portugal have won "The Eurovision Song Contest" for the first time.

Twenty-five competitors carried on that tradition this year - performing on a wide stage backed by flashing lights, bursts of flames and other effects. "The song was meant to be sung in Portuguese, but we need to feel whatever we are singing, no matter the language". Its best placing was sixth in 1996.

During a performance by last year's victor Jamala, a man wrapped in an Australian flag chose to invade the stage, before promptly baring his buttocks to an estimated TV audience of 200 million people.

The UK achieved its highest points haul in eight years as former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones received 111 for her performance of Never Give Up On You. The host country could only manage 23rd place out of 26 this time round. But the sweet intentions were soured this year when Russia's participation was scuppered by host Ukraine over the nations' diplomatic and military conflict.

In 2009, the EBU nixed the Georgian entry "We Don't Wanna Put In", a dig at Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia and neighboring Georgia fought a brief war.

This year, Ukraine has used the contest to take tentative steps to soften the climate of homophobia prevalent in the ex-Soviet Union.

Eurovision has a major following, and it has helped to boost the careers of many performers - including Sweden's ABBA which won in 1974 with the song "Waterloo".

Eurovision was founded in 1956 to bring the recently warring countries of Europe together.

But who won and where did everyone else rank?


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