NaviBand take 17th place at Eurovision 2017

Danny Woods
May 19, 2017

It will be the first time the Eurovision Song Contest takes place there.

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.

After the victory, Sobral and his sister attended the press conference at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv.

Last Saturday, Salvador Sobral was crowned the victor of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Kyiv, bringing his country their first Eurovision victory since their debut in 1964.

With 758 points in total, he had a solid lead over Bulgaria's Kristian Kotov, who came second with 615 points.

The gap between Bulgaria and Moldova - who took third place - widened even further though, as SunStroke Project managed to score just 374 with their song 'Hey Mamma!'.

This is the 62nd year for Eurovision which was started to bring recently warring European countries together.

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She added: "Fantastic performance".

In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television refused to broadcast the contest.

Russian Federation has vowed that Samoilova will compete in 2018, placing Ukraine in a tricky dilemma over whether to participate alongside her.

The UK achieved its highest points haul in eight years as former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones received 111 for her performance of Never Give Up On You. Overtly political flags and banners are banned, and lyrics are monitored for provocative content. The union, however, has been criticized for not barring "1944" previous year, allowing Russia-Ukraine tensions to fester.

Ukraine was hosting Eurovision amid a continuing armed conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the country's industrial east that has now killed more than 10,000.

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.

Eurovision has a major following, and it has helped to boost the careers of many performers - including Sweden's ABBA which won in 1974 with the song "Waterloo".

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