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Eurovision 2017: Portugal takes home top prize for the first time

19 May 2017

Salvador Sobral of Portugal smiles as he speaks at a news conference on Saturday after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Amar Pelos Dois" in Kiev, Ukraine.

Lucie Jones, centre, reacts during the voting stage during the Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The flight carrying the Portuguese delegation landed at 15:50 CET at the Lisbon worldwide airport where more than 2000 fans flooded the arrivals section of the airport in order to meet the national hero.

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Salvador Sobral scored 758 points for his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister Luisa.

A visibly exhausted Sobral said when interviewed upon landing by Portuguese TV that "I'm not a hero".

Sobral says that "I'm exhausted. If I can help to bring some change to music, I will be really joyful". "Not as the Eurovision victor". Portugal took 53 years to win the contest and 27-year-ld bar singer Sobral has achieved success in 2017 contest.

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Before the grand final, Bulgaria won two journalist awards - for best special effect and best stage performance.

"I want to congratulate Salvador Sobral, the victor of Eurovision 2017, not only because he gave Portugal the victory for this first time, but also because he was an Erasmus student", the spokesperson for the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas said on Monday.

Bulgaria's contestant in this year's Eurovision Song Contet, the youngest participant, 17-year old Kristian Kostov came second with his song Beautiful Mess, Bulgaria's best achievement ever, reported BNR.

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