The Eurovision Song Contest is over for another year. Pack away the wind machines, hang your sequins back up in your wardrobe and let your geopolitical pettiness fester for a few more months. The competition that simultaneously unites and tears apart Europe (and all the other countries we let in for reasons) took place in Tel Aviv this year, which didn’t prove to be controversial in any way at all! But what of the winner?
Turns out that the bookies got it right all along. The Netherlands went into tonight as the favourite to take home the trophy and they pulled it off. Duncan Laurence, a 25 year old former contestant on The Voice of Holland, was the big winner with the song ‘Arcade’, but for a while it looked like the contest could go any way. North Macedonia were in the lead for a while, but so were Sweden and Italy. This year, the public vote was announced by the ranking on the board after the jury votes, meaning that last place got their scores and first place got theirs last. The UK ended up at the bottom of the board, because of course.
But this is big for The Netherlands, as it’s the first time they’ve won Eurovision since 1975. See, United Kingdom, we can do it again! Possibly. Maybe. If the world doesn’t fall to pieces.
Here’s the winning song. See you next year in Amsterdam?
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