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Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov 2nd in Eurovision Song Contest

19 May 2017, 01:06 | Winifred Adams

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An average of 6.7 million viewers tuned in to BBC One's Eurovision coverage on Saturday night as Portugal won the contest for the first time in its history.

Salvador Sobral, 27, won the competition with his love song "Amar Pelos Dois", receiving a combined score of 785 points. I want to be known as a musician. The third place went to SunStroke Project from Moldova, who received 374 points.

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

"However due to the shelling of Avdiivka and the death of peaceful civilians, I took a decision to cancel my presence at the Eurovision final", he wrote on Facebook.

This year's contest was hosted by Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and it was not without controversy.

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Meanwhile, Lucie Jones scored the UK's highest-placing entry in six years, with her song "Never Give Up on You" - racking up 111 points to finish 15th out of 26 countries - the highest since 2011 when Blue performed.

Russian Federation is one of Eurovision's heavy hitters, tied with Sweden for the most top-five finishes this century.

In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television refused to broadcast the contest, replacing Saturday's final with a screening of the film "Alien". "The union, however, has been criticized for not barring "1944" previous year, allowing Russia-Ukraine tensions to fester".

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, where the event has a huge fan following.



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