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The Netherlands wins Eurovision song contest

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The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision song contest with the power ballad “Arcade” sung by Duncan Laurence, final results early Sunday showed at the event held in Tel Aviv.

Italy finished second and Russia third in the results that combined votes from juries from participating countries as well as viewers at home.

With “Arcade”, Laurence, whose real name is Duncan de Moor, sings of a romantic break-up with the refrain “loving you is a losing game.”

The award wrapped up a show in the seaside Israeli city that also featured a performance by Madonna and some controversy.

Local media showed images of two of Madonna’s dancers side-by-side with Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs during her performance in an apparent call for unity.

Icelandic group Hatari meanwhile displayed scarfs with Palestinian flags when results were being announced.

Eurovision organizers take care to note that the event is meant to be non-political.

Israel won the right to host the extravaganza thanks to last year’s victory by Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who opened the show on Saturday night.