Netherlands Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest With Duncan Laurence's 'Arcade'
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest wrapped up early Sunday morning in Australia, with the Netherlands taking out the top spot with Duncan Laurence's song "Arcade".
It was anyone's game throughout the country vote with the surprisingly quick rise of North Macedonia in the ranks, sitting at the top for a majority of the voting.
Australia's Kate Miller-Heidke stayed near the top of the ranks, hovering around the top 10 for a majority of the voting period. But the race really kicked off between Sweden and North Macedonia, the latter of which were hoping to secure their first ever Eurovision win.
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At the end of the country vote, Sweden sat at the top closely followed by North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Italy, Azerbaijan and Australia with the final result all resting on the public votes.
Miller-Heidke's stunning performance of "Zero Gravity" seemed to consistently pick up fours and fives during the country votes, which was enough to keep the hope alive for a first Eurovision win of our own.
When it came to the public vote, Australia scored 131 points, putting us at a total of 285. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to edge out the top scorers, but we did secure a top 10 place..
With the addition of the public vote, it was The Netherlands who took out the top spot followed by Italy and Russia, meaning next year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Netherlands.
A favourite to win, Duncan Laurence's song "Arcade" marks the first time in 44 years the Netherlands has won the song contest. The 24-year-old is no stranger to televised singing competitions, making it to the semi-finals of the Dutch version of 'The Voice'.
"I got my inspiration from the story of a loved one who died at a young age," Laurence said of his Eurovision song.
"'Arcade' is a story about the search for the love of your life. It is the hope for the -- sometimes -- unattainable."
Accepting his trophy, Laurence said, "This is to dreaming big. This is to music first."
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