,

Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal has won the Eurovision Song Contest.

Salvador Sobral, the Portuguese entry, won the contest and will host the event in 2018.

It is the first time Portugal has won Eurovision, meaning the contest is expected

Salvador is a 27-year-old Portugese singer who placed seventh in Idolos, the country’s version of Pop Idol.

Lucie Jones

The UK entry, Lucie Jones, struggled in the public vote.

The Welsh singer, who has appeared in West End productions of Rent, We Will Rock You and the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde, was one of the most consistent performers in the contest.

Her chances in the televise were handed a boost, after she was allocated a traditionally well-performing slot in the Grand Final running order.

Jones performed 18th on the night out of 26 artists, a position that has traditionally handed a boost in the televotes.

Of the 12 most recent Eurovision winners, nine have performed between the 17th and 22nd slot on the night.

The odds on a victory for the UK were shortened after the running order was announced, with only Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium and Sweden on shorter odds.

The current odds-on favourite was Italian entrant Francesco Gabbani, who established himself as a musician in the country with a nomination for an MTV Award.

His entry Occidentali’s Karma already had more than 100,000,000 on views on YouTube for the music video before the contest even airs.

The Italian team pulled out all the stops for Eurovision, with a dancing gorilla making an appearance on stage.

Despite the visuals, the Italian-language track itself is not standard Eurovision fare, drawing lyrics from philosophy and Eastern culture… while also giving a nod to Singin’ in the Rain.

Bookmakers currently have Italy on 5/6 to take the trophy.

Read: Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Everything you need to know

What do you think?

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Comments

Leave a Comment Please

Loading…

Comments

comments

Mike Pence tweeted about a horse and it got weird

Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin return to SNL as Spicer and Trump and it’s the best one yet