57% of the country watched last night as Portugal were announced as the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Around 2.5 million viewers were watching last night as Portugal won their first ever Eurovision Song Contest represented by Salvador Sobral and the song “Amar Pelos Dois”. As the trophy was handed over to Salvador Sobral 57% of the viewing audience in Portugal were watching.
Over the course of the final an average of 1.4 million viewers across Portugal were watching, as Salvador ended a 53 years wait for Eurovision victory. A total of 1.8 million viewers were watching at 20:55 local time when Salvador Sobral took to the stage to perform.
Salvador Sobral will return home to Lisbon at 15:00 local time (16:00 CET) to a heroes welcome from the national press and RTP. Hundreds of fans are expected to make their way to the airport in Lisbon to welcome home the first Portuguese winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the entire event being broadcast live on RTP.
Salvador is being named as “one of the great promises of the Portuguese music scene”. Moving from developing as an unknown artist, to an artist thrown into the limelight since competing in Festival da Canção 2017. Salvador only arrived for the contest on Sunday due to illness, with his sister taking his place during the first rehearsal last week.
“Amar Pelos Dois” has been stated in the press across Europe and Australia to be the best song that Portugal has ever sent to the contest. Showcasing the simplicity of a sole singer in the spotlight just singing his song.
Source: ESC Portugal
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Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Until last nights final the best result of Portugal in the contest is 6th place. This 6th place came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed “O meu coração não tem cor” on stage in Oslo, Norway. She scored 92 points receiving 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed a total of five contests, the latest being in 2016.