The top five Eurovision 2017 performances



May 14, 2017 11:44:54

Eurovision has wrapped up for another year, after a few unexpected turns.

Look back on the top five performances from the 2017 song contest in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

5: Sweden – Robin Bengtsson with I Can’t Go On

Sweden won the contest in 2015, and Robin was this year placed third after the jury vote for his slick pop song.

The modern number, complete with a solid routine from Robin and his backing dancers, looked like it could deliver a second win in three years.

However, voters at home were not as impressed, leaving the Swedes in fifth place.

4: Belgium – Blanche sings City Lights

Blanche had been one of the early favourites with this contemporary pop song before rehearsals started in Kiev, but the 17-year-old slipped in the pundits’ list of top songs after some nervous performances.

The Brussels-born teenager delivered a solid effort in the final, and although she placed eighth in the professional jury vote, the TV audience boosted her numbers to finish fourth — equalling Belgium’s placing in 2015.

3: Moldova – SunStroke Project performs Hey, Mamma!

Moldova brought some fun to the contest with their bouncy pop number Hey Mamma! which got toes tapping in the arena.

The song, featuring internet sensation Epic Sax Guy — who starred when SunStroke Project represented Moldova in 2010 — raked in the televotes to finish third.

2: Bulgaria – Kristian Kostov sings Beautiful Mess

Another 17-year-old performer, Kristian impressed the judges with his ode to love surviving against the odds.

He was within reach of Portugal, 104 points down after the jury vote, but although he could not claw back the lead with televoters, he registered Bulgaria’s best-ever finish.

1: Portugal – Salvador Sobral with the winning song, Amar Pelos Dois

Jazz ballads do not usually win Eurovision, at least in modern times, but Salvador Sobral — and his sister Luisa, who wrote Amar Pelos Dois — came up with a deceptively simple song that relied on Salvador’s effortless vocals.

He dominated the jury vote as expected, but then stunned everyone by crushing the jury vote to bring Portugal its first-ever victory in the contest.







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May 14, 2017 11:37:48

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