The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 took place in Tel Aviv, Israel this evening and after hours of performances and voting, it was announced The Netherlands had won.

They were decided as this year’s winner after 41 countries voted between 26 countries taking part in the Grand Final.

Duncan Laurence won for The Netherlands with his song Arcade and he was shocked to find he was victorious this year.

It was a close competition as The Netherlands, Sweden and Italy were fighting for top position throughout the night.

Following the votes from each country’s jury, Sweden was at the top of the leaderboard with 239 points with North Macedonia close behind with 237.

The Netherlands were in third place with 231 points followed by Italy with 212.

However, The Netherlands were ultimately victorious with 492 points overall. 

“Yes, yes!” Duncan exclaimed as he lifted the trophy. “Oh my God!

“This is to dreaming big, this is music first always, thank you, thank you!”

Ahead of tonight’s Grand Final, Duncan Laurence was the favourite to be victorious for The Netherlands.

The singer, who performed Arcade, was odds-on at 8/11 with bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Australia’s act Kate Miller-Heidke, who performed Zero Gravity, looked to be the closest rivals of the Dutch at 11/2.

Unfortunately it was bad news for the UK as Michael Rice’s odds of winning were at 150/1 while his odds of coming last were are 4/1.

Tonight’s Grand Final saw Madonna take to the stage to perform her iconic hit single Like A Prayer and latest track Future with Quavo.

Her performance in Tel Aviv was highly anticipated but the icon failed to impress many of those tuning in, with some claiming she deserved “null points”.

“OMG! Madonna is BUTCHERING her own song! How did this happen? #Eurovision,” one viewer tweeted.

Another added: “Madremia Madonna, what a embarrassment.”

A third asked: “Is this the funeral of Madonna’s career? #Eurovision.”

“Zero points to Madonna. #ESC2019 #eurovision,” someone else continued.

Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer now.

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