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Portugal, with the song Amar Pelos Dois, sung by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luisa Sobral, was the winner of The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest which took place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 9th, 11th and 13th 2017 after Jamala winning the 61st edition with the song "1944". This was the second time Ukraine for Ukraine to host the contest, the first one was in 2005 and it took also place in Kiew. The show was presented by Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk with Timur Miroshnychenko as the "Green Room" host. It was the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest was presented by a male trio, and the second time (after the first Eurovision Contest in 1956) that there was not, at least, a female presenter.


Winning song: Amar Pelos Dois (Salvador Sobral) - Portugal


Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Portugal and Romania returned after both having been absent from the 2016 edition. On the other hand, Bosnia and Herzegovina had to withdraw again, after having returned in 2016, due to financial difficulties. Russian television station Channel One announced that they would not take part in this year's Eurovision song contest or broadcast the competition because their contestant, Samoylova, had been barred from the host country, Ukraine, as she had aparently toured in Crimea in 2015 after this region was annexed by Russia, which under Ukranian laws meant she had entered Ukraine ilegally and could not enter the country again in a three year period. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the competition, had apparently told Channel One that it had been unable to resolve the dispute. Possible solutions that had been suggested by the organisation were for Samoylova to perform via satellite from Russia or for the contestant to be changed to one who could legally travel to Ukraine. Channel One turned down both options. A statement from the EBU read: “Unfortunately this means Russia will no longer be able to take part in this year’s competition. We very much wanted all 43 countries to be able to participate and did all we could to achieve this.”

Portugal had taken part in Eurovision a total of 48 times since their first appearance in 1964 and they were the longest running contestants never to have won the competition having placed highest back in 1966 when they came sixth. Since the introduction of the semi-finals they have failed to progress to the final eight times and after faililng to qualify in 2015 they withdrew from the 2016 competition. Last time Portugal had qualified for the final was in 2010 and they finished in 18th position then. But all that is just history now for the Portuguese! 

Sublime, touchy and outstanding, Amar pelos dois, their entry this year, was the best song Portugal ever sent to the contest and this year's most beautiful entry by far. It reminded us that once upon a time the Eurovision "song" contest used to be about songs, not about best fireworks or best special effects or impossible coreographys as Salvador Sobral himself said on stage as he was presented with the winner's trophy.

 The motto of this edition was "Celebrate Diversity" but, funny enough, most of the songs would sound exactly the same and the vast majority of them were as usual sung in English. One couldn't feel or see much diversity in Kiev but rather a celebration of globalisation and alienation instead. So, to see fragile Salvador standing alone there, on that tiny circle among the audience, singing his sister's little masterpiece in Portuguese was somehow magical and enchanting and gave telespectators goosebumps. For three magical minutes many of us forgot we were watching one of the world's freakiest shows. 

Italy got to Kiev labeled as favourite. Their song Occidentali's Karma was fun, colourful and catchy and the video had more than a million views on youtube. After having won the Italian Song Contest of San Remo it made a huge success in Italy as well as in Europe. Sweden (as usual), Belgium and Bulgaria were among the favourites too. Bulgarian singer Kristian Kostov, who was the youngest contestant this year (only 17), was born in Moscu. His voice was beautiful and incredibly mature for his age, and his powerful balad was undoubtely among the best this year but his chances of ending in a good position or even winning raised when Russia was barren from this year's competition as he could probably get many of those votes usually given to Russia from neighbouring countries. In the end Bulgaria was second.

Unlike Ukraine the previous year, this time Portugal's victory was  indisputable. They won both the vote of  the jury and the televoting. They got 12 points from the first jury (Sweden) and from that moment they were on the lead all the evening until the moment they were confirmed as winners.


Obrigado pela musica, Portugal! See you in Lisbon? in 2018








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