The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday, with Duncan Laurence's doleful piano ballad Arcade crowned champion of Europe's annual music extravaganza. He surged ahead thanks to the fan vote, securing The Netherlands its fifth win ever in the competition. This is to music first, always," Laurence said, as he was handed the trophy from last year's winner, Israel's Netta Barzilai. Only at the end of the broadcast, when their final vote tally was announced, did they whip out a Palestinian flag, to sounds of boos from the audience. (Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)Israel has won the Eurovision four previous times and it has provided the country with some of its cultural touchstones.
Source: CBC News May 18, 2019 23:27 UTC