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Eurovision song contest 2019 won by the Netherlands

Europe’s annual musical jamboree culminated in triumph for the Netherlands on Saturday night.

In one of the closest competitions in recent years, the battle for top spot in the Eurovision song contest was a tight fight between Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and North Macedonia.

Duncan Laurence, the bookies’ favourite from the Netherlands, justified his pre-contest hype after the public voted his ballad Arcade the winner. It is the first time the Dutch have won since 1975.

Laurence’s haunting track has already become a big hit on streaming services since its release earlier this year.

Sweden’s entry John Lundvik had looked like adding to the Scandinavian country’s illustrious record of six wins, beginning back in 1974 when Abba came first.