ISRAEL – The 64th Eurovision Song contest concluded and we have a winner: The Netherlands repeat Ukraine’s 2016 “miracle” and get the trophy without winning either public or jury voting. Duncan Laurence is the king of the night as he brings the trophy to The Netherlands for 6th time after their last victory in 1975.. The public voting won by Norway. The jury voting was won by Sweden followed by North Macedonia and The Netherlands.
In televoting, we also see a surprising winner: Norway! KEiiNO picked up 291 points, beating Duncan Laurence’s 261 points. However, the combined score for The Netherlands of 492 brought them their first victory in 44 years.
The big surprise of the night were the jury results for North Macedonia. Tamara Todevska brings her country their first ever top ten placing after finishing a mighty second with the juries. Sweden’s John Lundvik won the jury vote, with Duncan Laurence finishing third there. The gap wasn’t big, though: Sweden scored 239 points, North Macedonia 233 and the Netherlands 231.
Duncan Laurence will represent The Netherlands at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Arcade’. Duncan explains: “I grew up in a town where music was a stranger. Music had no part in the regular school system. But that couldn’t keep me from making music. Somehow I was drawn to its magical ways to express myself and tell my own story. We had a small local theatre and an old music school. I played the piano every single day, wrote my own songs and poems. I remember that time as if it was yesterday. I was certain: I was going to be a musician.”
2019 marked the third time that Israel has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest but the first time it has been held in Tel Aviv, having previously staged the event in Jerusalem in 1979 and 1999,
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of the ESC, said: “I have been so delighted with this year’s competition and we have all been very impressed with the wonderful talented artists who have taken part this year, and I would like to thank them for the hard work and dedication they have given us. Each artist has brought something unique to the Contest and embodied what this contest is about.
Our host broadcaster KAN has put on a spectacular show this year, using state of the art technology. We thank them for their enthusiasm and creativity in making the the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 the best yet!
Now we start planning for 2020 with our new host broadcaster AVROTROS as we look forward to what I am sure will be another incredible contest next year”