Bulgaria scores record-high second place in Eurovision 2017

Bulgaria scores record-high second place in Eurovision 2017

Bulgaria scores record-high second place in Eurovision 2017

In a field of much pumping beats and pyrotechnics, Salvador Sobral secured victory for his nation for the first time in 53 years, with his simple, traditional ballad "Amar Pelos Dois".

This year's Eurovision was hosted by Ukraine in its capital Kyiv, following the win of 2016 Ukrainian entrant, Jamala, last year.

The victor of Eurovision, this year held in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, was Portugal's Salvador Sobral with Amar Pelos Dois.

Kristian Kostov not only has set a record for Bulgaria with his performance, but also by being Eurovision's youngest contestant, at the age of 17.

Bulgaria came in second, with their entry Kristian Kostov.

Francesco Gabbani of Italy had led bookmakers' tallies for most of the days leading up to the final, but he ended up placing sixth even though his act seemed the epitome of Eurovision's cheerfully tacky aesthetics - singing a driving number about spirituality while accompanied by someone in a gorilla suit.

Millions of Europeans will be glued to their tubes on Saturday evening (Sunday in NZ) for Eurovision's final - either tapping their toes to pop-music trifles or gazing with amused irony at the performers' garish outfits.

Eurovision, in its 62nd year, is aimed at apolitical entertainment.

Samoilova was banned from entering Ukraine for three years because of her visit to Crimea in 2015 without a permit from Kiev.

From its launch with seven countries, Eurovision has grown to include more than 40, including non-European nations such as Israel and - somewhat controversially - far-off Australia.

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