The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his song, Arcade.
The annual event took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, and welcomed thousands of fans from around the world to watch the 23 finalists compete for the prize.
Israel hosted the event after winning in 2018 with Netta’s song, Toy.
Overall, The Netherlands came first with 492 points. It is the first time they have won Eurovision since 1975. Italy came in at second place (465 points), followed by Russia (369 points).
The United Kingdom, which is set to leave the European Union this year, came in last place. Michael Rice earned just three points from the public vote with his anthem, Bigger Than Us.
This year’s Eurovision also saw a performance by Madonna, whose presence drew some controversy from Anti-Israel, pro-BDS campaigners. Regardless, the singing sensation performed two songs – Like A Prayer and her new single, Future.
During her performance, two backing dancers displayed Israeli and Palestinian flags. This was not approved by the event’s organisers.
“This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the host broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”
It is expected that The Netherlands will host the next Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled for 2020.
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