Bookies favourite The Netherlands has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with Duncan Laurence’s stirring ballad “Arcade.”
The Netherlands scored 492 points.
“This is to music first!” said Duncan Laurence.
Second place went to Italy on 465 points. In third place was Russia on 369 points.
Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke was note perfect, drawing 285 points to finish 9th.
Australia was 6th after jury votes were delivered. Sweden’s John Lundvik won the jury vote.
Norway’s 16 year old KEiINO led in the televoting while Germany got 0,
United Kingdom came last. Again. Sorry Brexit…..
Kate Miller-Heidke said: “Representing Australia at Eurovision has been a dream come true and to place ninth is beyond belief. Thank you to Australian voters for giving me the opportunity and to Europe for embracing Zero Gravity and three flying warrior queens in space.
“I love that Eurovision gives artists permission to be unique – and sometimes outright bonkers (in the best possible way). I’ve always been interested in breaking down traditional genre barriers to try and embrace what makes me different as an artist. It’s been an incredible ride and I’ve felt the support every step of the way.”
SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin said:“This is one for the history books! For years to come, we will remember the iconic image of Kate Miller-Heidke soaring above the Eurovision stage on a five metre bendy pole – an image that has gone around the world.
“She is a true artist and all of us at SBS, and around Australia, are so proud of her. To be awarded this incredible result is truly humbling, and cements our 35 year love affair with Eurovision. Kate has literally elevated what a Eurovision performance can do and proved the power of this event to inspire joy, wonder and tears of happiness.”
Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke said: “It’s a brilliant result for Kate when you think about her achievement. In her first singing contest, she created an atmosphere so joyous for 200 million viewers by singing a song about leaving depression behind. Only KMH could pull that off. She was an undiscovered superstar – now she’s one step closer. It’s so great to see Australia back in the top ten on the biggest music stage in the world.”
Australian viewers gave 12 points to Norway followed by Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Malta, France, Czech Republic and Azerbaijan.
Tel Aviv lit up the stage with 26 acts and guest performers from previous years and 2018 winner Netta.
Madonna was also an interval act but sang flat throughout Like a Prayer. But she drew controversy when her backing dancers were seen wearing Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs, breaching the EBU rules.
Iceland also made a political statement with “Palestine” on their flag from the green room.
In 2020 the event will be held in The Netherlands, for the first time in 44 years.
SBS repeats the broadcast tonight at 8:30pm hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst.
This post updates.