Dutch singer Laurence wins Eurovision 2019
19 May 2019, 03:10 ( 3 Months ago) | updated: 19 May 2019, 10:56 ( 3 Months ago)
Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest held at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) in Israel from late Saturday night to early Sunday.
The 24 year old Dutch secured a total of 492 points from the 41 expert juries and televote for his song 'Arcade' to win the title.
Mahmood from Italy secured second place with 465 points for his song “Soldi” while Russian singer Sergey Lazarev secured third place with 369 points for the song “Scream”.
'Arcade' is written by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy, and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.
Laurence was born in 1994 in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. He graduated this year from the Rock Academy in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
He created his identity as a singer, songwriter and music producer. He spent a lot of time writing songs in London and Stockholm.
“In the past few years many well known artists represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m not well-known, but that’s also a good thing; The Netherlands has a lot of young and talented musicians. My participation proves that nothing is impossible. You can suddenly get the opportunity to represent your country on an international stage. I’m very proud to represent my country… I will give it my all!” Duncan said.
It was the Netherlands a first victory at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1975.
News agency Xinhua adds: Musicians from 26 countries competed in the grand final contest, with the result decided by a vote of expert juries and viewers from 41 participating countries.
Held at Expo Tel Aviv, the big show drew thousands of fans from competing countries to watch the live performances and cheer for their favorite ones.
The audience also enjoyed the excitement when previous Israeli winners of Eurovision as well as U.S. pop singer Madonna took the stage at the show.
The annual Eurovision Song Contest has been organized by members of the European Broadcasting Union and broadcast for 64 years, making it one of the world's longest-running television programs.