Here's The Winner Of Eurovision 2019, This Weekend's Other Great Election

Lawrence Kim
May 22, 2019

Israel had played host twice before, in Jerusalem in 1979 and in Tel Aviv 20 years later, but recent policies of Benjamin Netanyahu's government towards the occupied Palestinian territories roused considerable anger and calls for a cultural boycott of the contest. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russian Federation came in third with 369.

Italy finished in second place and Russian Federation came third.

The event was won by the Netherlands' entry, Arcade, a piano ballad sung by Duncan Laurence.

He certainly did give it his all, delivering the Netherlands a first victory at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1975, a 44 year wait that has come to an end tonight. "This is to music first, always", Laurence said, as he was handed the trophy from last year's victor, Israel's Netta Barzilai.

The Hartlepool native took to the stage at the Expo Tel Aviv for the jury show of the grand final, where he performed against a backdrop of a starry night sky. Ahead of the grand final, the performance was touted as a favourite to win.

About 200 million people around the world were believed to have watched the annual campy contest with 26 nations battling in the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision.

Russia, Switzerland and Norway made up the rest of the top five respectively after the votes from judges in 41 countries and viewers were tallied.

But his performance failed to soar and did not connect with the worldwide crowd, which resulted in the United Kingdom finishing last for the first time since 2010.

"In the past few years many well-known artists represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest".

Australia's Kate Miller-Heidke stayed near the top of the ranks, hovering around the top 10 for a majority of the voting period.

Then Israel's Gali Atari came out with her 1979 winning song "Hallelujah", and was joined by all four past performers.

She performed during the interval of the wildly popular European singing competition, hosted this year in Israel after the country won last year's contest.

Two of her backing dancers briefly appeared on stage wearing costumes with the Israeli and Palestinians flags. Some supporters of Palestinian causes had urged the singer to boycott the event, but she rejected the calls, saying she would "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".

And Iceland's Hatari perform "Hatrið mun sigra" for good measure.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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