Azerbaijan’s Chingiz underwent futuristic heart surgery. Russia’s Sergey Lazarev brought us emotion from inside a shower of tears. And Cyprus’ Tamta slayed with her dress reveal. But in the end, it was The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence who walked away as the winner of Eurovision 2019 with his song, “Arcade”.
Eurovision 2019 Winner: Duncan Laurence – “Arcade”
In a tense results sequence, the Netherlands placed third with the jury vote. But the televote saw “Arcade” take the lead with 492 points. Italy was a close second place on 465 points. Russia’s Sergey Lazarev repeated his 2016 position by taking third place, this time with 369 points.
Sweden’s John Lundvik won the jury vote for “Too Late for Love”, while Norway won the televote, with KEiiNO picking up top points for their song “Spirit in the Sky”. It was a real mixed bag this year, and the first time since 2016 that the televote winner did not win Eurovision.
This marks the Netherlands fifth Eurovision victory — and it’s first since Teach-In won with “Ding-a-Dong” in 1975.
In the winner’s press conference, Duncan told us how he overcame rehearsal fatigue this week, after rehearsing “Arcade” dozens on times. Performing it twice tonight, he compared both performances:
“The first time I sang tonight, it struck me that I got back to the essence – which was just about the music. I went back to the roots of why I wrote this song.
But the second time I performed it tonight (after I won) it was not so good! But its because I had the trophy!”
Talking about what this year’s Eurovision slogan ‘Dare to Dream’ meant to him, he said he never dreamt of a win:
“I never ‘dared to dream’ to win this trophy. Because this is Eurovision. Anything can happen, and that’s why I love it. But it (the win) did happen, so the predictions came true. I kept seeing the win as predictions. This trophy is a result of the hard work that we did.”
Ahead of Eurovision, The Netherlands came first with our Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals. “Arcade” scored 9.15 out of 10, the highest result in the Wiwi Jury since Loreen‘s “Euphoria” in 2012.
At the time, we wrote:
“There is beauty in fragility. The Dutch entry manages to court hype, and maintain credibility at the same time. Duncan Laurence’s vocal delivery evokes sensitivity whilst unveiling deep emotional maturity through the lyrics of Arcade. Not many Eurovision songs can make you cry, yet this one does.”
Eurovision 2019 Final Results
Eurovision 2019: Jury Results
Eurovision 2019: Televoting Results
During the show, we saw a number of interval acts take to the stage as well. A Eurovision classic mashup saw Conchita, Mans Zelmerlow, Eleni Foureira, Verka Serduchka and Gali Atari nearly steal the show.
Madonna, predictably, brought controversy to the stage — with one of her dancers wearing the flag of Palestine.
What do you think of the Eurovision 2019 results? Are you happy with the winner? Whose finishing position surprised you the most? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!
Photo: Thomas Hanses