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Portugal's Sobral wins Eurovision with tender ballad

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Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) wins competition in Kyiv

The Associated Press
Posted: May 13, 2017 7:14 PM ET
Last Updated: May 13, 2017 7:14 PM ET

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday in Kyiv with a gentle romantic ballad that challenged the event’s decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery excess.

Sobral sang his Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) in a high, clear tenor accompanied by quiet strings and a piano.

Unlike the 25 other competitors who performed on a wide stage backed by flashing lights, bursts of flames and other effects, Sobral sang from a small elevated circle in the middle of the crowd, an intimate contrast to others’ bombast.

“Music is not fireworks. Music is feeling,” he said while accepting the award.

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