Eurovision winner arrives home to Portugal

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.

Most of the performances are noted for a lot of glitz and being pretty cheesy. With the capacity at 20,000, these figures make it seem a flawless venue to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Salvador Sobral scored 758 points for his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister Luisa. Portugal has bagged the first rank in this year's Eurovision, followed by Bulgaria at second and Sweden at third rank.

"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling... bring music back which is what matters".

The early favorite, Francesco Gabbani of Italy, finished sixth.

Officially venue bidding has yet to kick off in Portugal, however preparations are well and truly underway within the 63rd Eurovision host country, with RTP eagerly anticipating next year's competition.

Russian Federation is one of Eurovision's heavy hitters, tied with Sweden for the most top-five finishes this century.

"In 2009, the EBU nixed the Georgian entry "We Don't Wanna Put In", a dig at Russian President Vladimir Putin".

The union, however, has been criticized for not barring "1944" by last year's victor Jamala of Ukraine, which focused on the 1944 forced relocation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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