There were hundreds of fans to greet him as he brought home the trophy, the first time Portugal has won in its 49 years of competing -the longest spell without a win in the competition.
Sister and composer Luisa Sobral said, “I couldn’t control myself and I cried like a baby when I saw this sea of people. It feels so good to see that art also moves people this way. I’m very thankful to all those who came to receive us, all those who gave us support, to our musician friends who sent us very beautiful messages and to RTP for having always defended our song with tooth and nail. Now I will be able to tell my son someday: ‘Did you know that me and your uncle once won Eurovision?'”
No doubt the celebrations will continue as Portugal’s public broadcaster RTP begin preparations for hosting the 2018 contest.