Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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The Netherlands' Duncan Laurence has taken home the crown in the 64th Eurovision Song Contest with 492 points, as Australia's Kate Miller-Heidke finished in ninth place with 285 points.

Madonna performs during a guest appearance at the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, May 19, 2019.

Italy's Mahmood came second with 465 points while Russia' Sergey Lazarev was third with 369.

The UK's Michael Rice came bottom, after getting just three points from the public vote, and a total of 16 points.

"Arcade" is written and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy. The Netherlands is expected to host the 2020 competition after winning for the first time in 44 years.

Here are the highlights of the event.

Following his win, Laurence told the crowd gathered at Tel Aviv Expo, "Here's to dreaming big, here's to music first, always - thank you!"

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Italian entry Mahmood's Soldi is an Italian-language song with one line in Arabic, which won the Sanremo Music Festival earlier this year.

Members of Icelandic group Hatari had banners featuring the Palestine flag confiscated from them at the Eurovision Song Contest after they showed them to the TV cameras during the voting segment of the show. At the end if the jury votes, Michela and Team Malta found themselves in 10th place. "I'm not well-known, but that's also a good thing; The Netherlands has a lot of young and talented musicians", the 24-year-old singer-songwriter said when he was first selected to represent his country in Eurovision.

Ahead of the contest, there had been much hype about an exclusive performance by Madonna, which Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams paid for to the tune of $1 million (€895,000).

No finalists or broadcasters have pulled out, but the organisers also have security inside the hall in case activists try to disrupt the live televised final on Saturday night or performers hold an on-stage protest.

Contestants had a strong competitor for the limelight, as superstar Madonna performed her 1989 hit Like a Prayer accompanied by a 35-strong choir.

Israel's Netta Barzilai, victor of last year's contest, presented the trophy to Laurence.

Michaela of Malta performs performs the song "Chameleon" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019.

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