By Evgeny Perlin: The winner of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest is Salvador Sobral, who brought his home country Portugal the first ever victory in Eurovision history.
Belarus advanced to the Eurovision Grand Final for the fifth time, NaviBand being the first act in the contest’s history to sing in the Belarusian language. Their Grand Final performance was marked by Ksenia and Artem kissing on stage. The ending was not improvised at all — the singers decided to kiss on stage in the Eurovision final 3 years ago.
Belarus took the 17th place, the highest score given to the country by Ukraine and Azerbaijan. For the first time in years the Grand Final featured practically no Balkan representatives and no performers from the Baltic States.