Portugal has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Salvador Sobral held Europe captivated with an intimate performance of “Amar Pelos Dois” surrounded by twinkling mobile phones in the audience.
Sobral, who has a severe heart condition, was unable to perform at the Dress Rehearsal, replaced by his sister who wrote the song.
“We live in a world of disposable music,” he said.
“Bring music back, which is really what matters.”
Bulgaria was second and Moldova third. Bookies favourite Italy landed 6th.
Australia finished 9th with 173 points.
Isaiah was voted #4th in the international jury votes, in a split voting presentation again this year. But in the public televoting we bombed out with just 2 votes which will be devastating to our contingency. “What happened there?” asked commentator Joel Creasey.
“The Grand Final atmosphere in the arena tonight was amazing, and I took all that energy into my performance. I want to say a big congratulations to Salvador from Portugal, and all the incredible singers who gave it their all in the contest,” said Isaiah.
“Meeting and performing with the artists from other countries, and getting to know the Ukrainian people has been an experience I will never forget and I will always be honoured to have represented Australia.”
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “Isaiah has been such a fantastic ambassador for Australia at Eurovision, and we are incredibly proud of his performance in the Grand Final. Making the Grand Final every year that Australia has been in the contest is no small feat, and is a fantastic acknowledgement of our creative talents and passion and enthusiasm for the contest.
“Australian audiences have had a romance with Eurovision for over 30 years and we have ever increasing affection for the contest, which shares the same values as SBS of celebrating diversity. We look forward to doing it again next year.”
Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke said: “Isaiah won a lot of hearts at Eurovision with his huge talent and his gracious spirit. It is a wonderful thing to be able to offer such a huge opportunity on the world stage to an artist so deserving, one who we know will go on to great things.”
But the night was marred by a bare bum mooning by a gatecrasher with an Aussie flag during an interval act performance. Embarrassment.
Kyiv otherwise staged a spectacular show with pyrotechnics, key changes, conveyer belts, milk churns, a dancing ‘gorilla’ and two sparkly hosts.
Australian commentators Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey were in fine form, replacing Julia Zemiro & Sam Pang. Lee Lin Chin returned as Australia’s spokesperson. The Aussie jury voted 12 points to UK, but the televoting gave 12 to Moldova.
Israel also announced that after 4 decades the broadcaster was shutting down and would no longer be participating in Eurovision “until we meet again.”
See you next year in Lisbon!