Eurovision 2017: Israel Ranks 23rd as Portugal Triumphs in Country's First Win

First prize in the Eurovision goes to Salvador Sobral with the song 'Amar Pelos Dois'; Israeli Imri Ziv's 'I Feel Alive' makes it to 23rd place

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Imri Ziv performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017.
Imri Ziv performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017.Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Portugal won the final round of the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine's capital of Kiev on Saturday night, while Israel made it to 23rd place.

Imri Ziv, also known as IMRI, represented Israel with his Mediterranean pop beat "I Feel Alive," which he sung entirely in English. The composers-lyricists of the song are Dolev Ram and Penn Hazut.

Portugal's Salvador Sobral celebrates after winning the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Kiev, Ukraine, May 13, 2017.Credit: GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

Portugal's Salvador Sobral came in first with the song "Amar Pelos Dois," which was written by his sister. Sobral topped the scoreboard with 758 points, narrowly beating out Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov with "Beautiful Mess" on 615 points. Moldova followed in third place, while Spain came last with just five points.

This is the first time Portugal won since it first entered the contest in 1964. "Music is not fireworks, music is feeling," Sobral said after the winner was announced. Following the announcement, the singer performed the song once again, this time in duet with his sister.  

With plenty of rivals, the Israeli delegation was building on Ziv's previous successes to win the contest. The 25-year-old won this year's "Rising Star" singing competition TV show and sung backup in Israel's previous two Eurovision appearances. Ziv, however, collected significantly less points than Israel's 2016 entry, Hovi Star, who made it to 14th place with his entry "Made of Stars." 

Ukraine took first place in 2016 when the country's entry struck a surprise gold with "1944," a song that featured lyrics about deportations by the Soviet Union. The song, performed by Jamala, was possibly one of the most controversial winners in the competition's history.

Reuters and DPA contributed to this report.