Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest For First Time

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The victor of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest is Salvador Sobral, who brought his home country Portugal the first ever victory in Eurovision history.

"It was a well deserved win, with a song that was different from all the others", said Pedro Antunes, a 29-year-old musician who follows the contest every year.

The song was awarded 758 points, to see it narrowly snatch victory from Bulgaria and Moldova.

Portugal's win means the 2018 "Eurovision Song Contest" will be held in Lisbon.

Ukraine was hosting Eurovision amid a continuing armed conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the country's industrial east that has now killed more than 10,000.

'The absence of Russia has had a really negative effect on the contest, ' said Artur Gasparyan, showbiz correspondent for Russia's Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, one of the few Russian journalists in Kiev.

Eurovision, now in its 62nd year, is intended as apolitical global entertainment.

Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral won the 62nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest here on Saturday night with an emotional and romantic song Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) written by his sister, Luisa Sobral.

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Isaiah finished a very respectable ninth while Australian Anja Nissen representing Denmark was 20th out of the 26 countries competing in the grand final.

In all likelihood, Australia will be asked back and one person who has the potential to bring the trophy home is Dami Im, Australia's highest-placing contestant at the competition.

She added: "Fantastic performance".

In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television refused to broadcast the contest, replacing Saturday's final with a screening of the film "Alien".

The Moscow-Kiev split was a headache for Eurovision's producer, the European Broadcasting Union, which strives to keep pop and politics separate. This dwarfed Jamala's win a year ago for Ukraine with 534 points.

British viewers also raised their concerns that the UK's traditionally lacklustre garnering of votes from other countries would suffer even more this year thanks to the European Union referendum result.

'Neither Russia nor #Ukraine benefitted from this, nor the millions of Eurovision fans who live in Russia, ' he told AFP.

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