Eurovision 2017! Update #2
Closing results: Salvador Sobral from Portugal won with "Amar pelos dois", Bulgaria came in second and Moldovia came in third. Sweden was 5th place. I think personally that there was a voters back-lash against the heavily produced dance songs. Portugal's song was a very laid-back, Bossa-Nova inspired and emotional piece. In his acceptance speech Sobral said: “We live in a world of disposable music; fast food music without any content. I think this could be a victory for music with people who make music that actually means something,” he announced.
Hmm, sore loser?
Robin Bengtsson thought so saying “Congrats on your victory, I really like your song and the way you sing it, but I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner. ‘Fast food’ pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone.“ Oh, strong words from a Swede! ;)
More information on all the results here.
Hej! Eurovision is on today and starts at 3PM Eastern Standard Time in the USA. I'm rooting for Sweden of course, and the bookies are giving Portugal 2/1 odds. Russia pulled out after Yulia S. was barred from entering the host country of Ukraine after having toured Crimea in 2015 when it was annexed by Russia. Scandalous! Here's more on the stats, line-up and performers:Who Will Win?