The Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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Israeli singer Dana International, left, the victor of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest and Israeli Netta Barzilai, the victor of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest perform during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Israel's entry into the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest said Saturday he was happy with his performance and proud to represent Israel, despite his disappointing finish.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

In the 2019 contest, Italy ranked second (465 points) and Russian Federation third (369 points), after the jury and public votes were counted.

Arcade scored high in the jury votes and when public voting was counted and added, romping to victory with 492 points.

Before the results were announced, the Netherlands were the favourite to win with entry Duncan Laurence and his song Arcade with Skybet and Labrokes placing him at 4/6.

Singer Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands has emerged victorious at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Here are the highlights of the event. This is to music first, always.

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Waters said that "to perform in Israel is a lucrative gig but to do so serves to normalise the occupation, the apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, the incarceration of children, the slaughter of unarmed protesters ... all that bad stuff".

John Lundvik, who performed Too Late for Love, also among the pre-event favorite for powerhouse Sweden.

As you can see, there are many steps to making sure the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final is the most impressive show on earth!

Now, against the backdrop of conflict and controversy, Madonna is set to perform. The last victor was Teach In back in 1975.

Following Barzilai's entrance, the contest's 26 finalists were introduced, and former Israeli contestants, including Dana International, put on brief performances.

Meanwhile, Iceland's controversial steampunk band Hatari - Icelandic for "hatred" - concluded their live performance without incident.

Several groups took the opportunity to protest the Israeli blockades in Gaza - and Madonna got in on the action, including Israeli and Palestinian flags in her performance.

After being announced the victor, Laurence returned to the Eurovision stage to perform his song, "Arcade", and close out the contest.

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