Eurovision winner arrives home to Portugal

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song

The song was awarded 758 points, to see it narrowly snatch victory from Bulgaria and Moldova.

Graham Norton guided United Kingdom viewers through the contest on BBC One, and described her performance as "stunning", adding: "It has to be one of our strongest entrants in years".

Officially venue bidding has yet to kick off in Portugal, however preparations are well and truly underway within the 63rd Eurovision host country, with RTP eagerly anticipating next year's competition.

Italy, which was widely tipped as potential victor by press, fans and bookmakers, eventually finished 6th.

It's the first time Portugal have won the contest in 53 years of trying. Portugal also won the first Semi-Final on Tuesday, had the judged vote and the popular vote so the win was absolute.

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

It is said art often imitates art at Eurovision, and there has been no shortage - or shame - of that this year.

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 Moscow-Kiev split was a headache for Eurovision's producer, the European Broadcasting Union, which strives to keep pop and politics separate.

In 2009, the EBU nixed the Georgian entry "We Don't Wanna Put In", a dig at Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia and neighboring Georgia fought a brief war.

"And I think isn't it the whole point of Eurovision to help bring Europe together?"

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