Portugal Celebrates Eurovision Song Contest Winner
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A series of "firsts" continued for Portugal, with Salvador Sobral's Eurovision Song Contest win over the weekend in Kiev, Ukraine.
Before Saturday, the best Portugal had done in the popular singing competition was sixth place. That was back in 1996.
Portugal first took part in Eurovision in 1964.
Sobral's song Amar Pelos Dois translates into English as "Love for Both of Us." The song was written by his sister, Luisa, who joined him on stage for a final performance after he won the contest.
Sobral won the competition by 143 points. He finished ahead of Kristian Kostov of Bulgaria. His song was "Beautiful Mess."
When Sobral returned to Lisbon on Sunday, he told reporters he was happy his song won. "I hope the gala stops being a popularity contest," he said.
Most years, the Eurovision contest winners have used electronic instruments, glamorous costumes, back-up dancers and even fireworks.
Sobral's quiet love song, however, was backed by string instruments and a piano.
"Music is not fireworks, music is feeling," Sobral said when he accepted the award.
The Prime Minister of Portugal praised Sobral's performance on Twitter.
Antonio Costa wrote: "A page of history has been written in Portuguese this evening at Eurovision. Bravo, Salvador. Bravo, Portugal."
Sobral's victory is the latest piece of good news for the country.
Last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese soccer team won its first-ever European championship.
And experts say that Portugal's economy is getting stronger, following a financial crisis that resulted in a bailout by the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.
And now, thanks to Sobral's victory, Lisbon will host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Sobral said he does not want to be seen as a hero, just as a musician.
"I'm not a hero," he said. "That's Cristiano Ronaldo."
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周末，在乌克兰首都基辅举行的欧洲歌唱大赛中，歌手萨尔瓦多·索布拉尔（Salvador Sobral）一举夺冠，葡萄牙延续一系列“第一” 。
索布拉尔的歌曲Amar Pelos Dois译为“我们的爱” 。这首歌是由他的姐姐路易莎（Luisa）写的，夺冠后，路易莎和他一起在舞台上表演了最后一个节目 。
索布拉尔以143分的成绩赢得了比赛 。战胜了保加利亚的克里斯蒂安·科斯托夫（Kristian Kostov） 。科斯托夫演唱的歌曲是“美丽时光” 。
周日，索布拉尔返回里斯本时告诉记者，很高兴自己的这首歌赢得了冠军 。他说，“我希望这样的歌坛盛会不再只是人气竞赛” 。
安东尼奥·科斯塔写道：“今夜欧洲歌唱大赛上，历史性的一页记载上葡萄牙，太棒了，萨尔瓦多 。太棒了，葡萄牙 。”
去年夏季，克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多（Cristiano Ronaldo）带领葡萄牙足球队首次夺得欧锦赛冠军 。
他表示，“我不是英雄” 。“真正的英雄是克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多 。”