Eurovision 2017 – Europe, we have a winner! And it won both juries and televote! After a long season and a very nerve-breaking vote, Salvador Sobral has won the contest for Portugal with Amar Pelos Dois! This is the first victory for the country, and their first top 5 ever!
You can rewatch the winning entry from its final performance here:
The rest of the results are as follow: Bulgaria 2nd (2nd in both jury and televote), Moldova 3rd (third in televote, lower in juries), Belgium 4th (4th in televote, low top 10 in juries), Sweden 5th (3rd in juries, 8th in televote), Italy 6th (similar in both jury and televote), Romania 7th (6th in televote), Hungary 8th (thanks to televote’s top 10), Australia (thanks to juries’ 4th place), Norway (thanks to juries’ high rankings). The juries’ 5th was Netherlands and they got 11th for the second year in a row. France was 10th in televote but much lower with juries and ends up 12th.
Belgium gets Top 10 for the third year in a row, with two 4th in three years. The entire Top 3 got their best results ever in the contest. Portugal, like Lordi for Finland before them, gets its first win and its first Top 5!
Big disagreements of the year: Austria and Denmark, very high in juries, were in the bottom 5 of televote. More importantly, Australia, the juries’ 4th, was 25th with only 2pts (Austria was 26th with 0).
Sadly, Big 5 Spain and Germany end up 26th and 25th respectively. Spain had 0 with juries, 5 with televote. Germany picked 3 in juries (all from Ireland) and 3 from televote.
Interesting fact, Greece won the European championships in football in 2004 in a big upset against hosts Portugal and won Eurovision the year later. Now Portugal did it too after winning the Euro in 2016 against hosts France!
Another interesting fact, both Ukraine and Portugal have won after returning to the contest. Neither is a song written for the charts, and both have non-English lyrics. Actually Portugal joins Serbia 2007 and Israel 1998 as the last winners without any English language in their lyrics!
The travesty was still around with some juries: Greece-Cyprus (exchanged 12), Australia-Uk (exchanged 12 and 10), most Scanny juries gave 12 to Sweden (which did end up 3rd overall in juries, but still…) Romania-Moldova exchanged big points, considering that televote would support these novelty acts in the end, it mattered!
Will Lisbon be our next stop, as Salvador is a huge Benfica supporter? We’ll find out this summer!