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Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest
Lamar Ellis | 23 May, 2017, 10:58

Not only is the win historic for the people of Portugal, but it will no doubt mean a lot to Salvador himself who suffers from a life-threatening heart condition, and was frequently absent from "Eurovision" rehearsals in order to save his energy for the special night. "This is a victory for music... music isn't fireworks, music is feeling".

By the time the curtain falls on the 2017 contest, 1,479 songs will have been performed in total, according to Eurovision. The third place went to SunStroke Project from Moldova, who received 374 points.

Australia participates in the contest via a wildcard which is offered each year by the host country; our 2017 fortunes were unexpectedly doubled when we ended up with two entrants this year, Firebrace, under our own flag, and Australian-born Anja Nissen, who represented Denmark. Portugal also won the first Semi-Final on Tuesday, had the judged vote and the popular vote so the win was absolute.

It is said art often imitates art at Eurovision, and there has been no shortage - or shame - of that this year.

Mumbai Indians march into IPL final, beat Knight Riders
But while all of the ingredients are there for a Mumbai win, it's impossible to ignore the teams' head-to-head records. It's easy to say that these are the two best teams who have made it to the final of the competition this year.

The Moscow-Kiev split was a headache for Eurovision's producer, the European Broadcasting Union, which strives to keep pop and politics separate.

In 2009, the EBU nixed the Georgian entry "We Don't Wanna Put In", a dig at Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The union, however, has been criticized for not barring "1944" by last year's victor Jamala of Ukraine, which focused on the 1944 forced relocation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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".

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