Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time on Saturday with a gentle, romantic ballad that challenged the event's decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery excess.
Portugal have never managed to finish in the top five at Eurovision in 53 years of trying.
There was no swagger, no elation - just a quizzical befuddlement at the latest turn his musical journey had taken.
Ukraine was hosting Eurovision amid a continuing armed conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the country's industrial east that has now killed more than 10,000.
"It's such an unbelievable opportunity and I know we both feel very honoured to be representing Denmark and Australia".
"If I thought of myself as a national hero or champion of Europe, it would be a bit weird".
Among them was Claudia Zellen, a 39-year-old social worker who, like many others across the country, praised the winning song, which Sobral performed in Portuguese next to his sister, Luisa, who wrote the tune and sat beside him at the welcoming news conference.
On winning Salvador said: "This is a victory for music - music is not fireworks - music is feeling - let's bring music back".
Media captionItaly's Francesco Gabbani and a dancing gorilla.
"But tonight, is our final night, shortly IBA will shut down its broadcasting forever, so on behalf of all of us here in IBA, let me say thank you Europe for all the magical moments and the attractive years".
"And I think isn't it the whole point of Eurovision to help bring Europe together?"
However, no matter how brilliant our entrant is, it's safe to say that we're probably not going to win the contest in any hurry over the next few years.
"It is a very emotional and different song, that sends a message of love and peace", Zellen pointed out.
For a contest whose slogan was "celebrate diversity", though, it was surprising more thought was not given to basic areas of presentation.
During the telecast of the grand final, broadcast from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, an unidentified fan, draped in an Australian flag, attempted a stage incursion while lowering his trousers.
As is custom in the contest, geopolitics played a part.
For the millions watching at home, however, it was the variety, the colour and the craziness that made it unmissable Saturday night viewing.
"If he wins that contest, and because of this Hungary would be the host of the next contest, then it would be really something", Adam Schonberger, a Hungarian Jew who runs Aurora, an organization that encourages dialogue and cooperation between Roma and Jews, told JTA ahead of the contest.