Victory at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest belongs to The Netherlands, with Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence declared this year’s winner of the continent-wide music competition that has been a European television tradition since 1956.
Laurence, reports The Guardian, is the first Dutch contestant to win Eurovision since 1975, and was bookmakers’ odds-on favourite to take this year’s honours.
Laurence’s song, the haunting ballad “Arcade” has already become a big hit throughout Europe after its release to streaming services earlier this year. Meanwhile, Laurence’s video for the track has racked up more than 10 million views on YouTube.
With acts from 41 countries competing, the Eurovision Song Contest was beset with controversy due to its location in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the policies of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s polices toward occupied Palestinian territories leading for some to call for a boycott of the contest.
Meanwhile, check out this Eurovision interview with this year’s winner.