The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence has won the Eurovision Song Contest with his love ballad Arcade, which he performed at the Tel Aviv grand final.
“This is to dreaming big, this is to music first always,” the 25-year-old said as he received the iconic glass microphone trophy from last year’s winner Netta.
Italy’s Mahmood was runner up with Russian Sergey Lazarev third. Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke finished ninth with her entry Zero Gravity.
The lyrics of Arcade are based on a friend who lost the love of her life, as well as on Laurence’s own experiences.
The Netherlands has won the contest four times before, most recently in 1975.
“This can’t be described in words. I can’t write a song about this. My dream came true,” Laurence said.
Asked a question related to his sexuality Laurence, who is bisexual said, “I think the most important thing is that you stick to who you are. Just as a human being … stick to what you love, even if you have a different sexuality.
“Accept people and love each other for who you are, and dream big.”
Italian entry Mahmood’s Soldi is an Italian-language song with one line in Arabic, which won the Sanremo Music Festival earlier this year.
Two hundred million people watched the show, according to a spokeswoman for the contest, which was hosted by supermodel Bar Refaeli, broadcaster Erez Tal and television hosts Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.
Two hundred million individuals watched the show, as indicated by a representative for the challenge, which was facilitated by supermodel Bar Refaeli, supporter Erez Tal and TV has Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.
Malta’s Michela Pace was the first of the candidates to make that big appearance with her move pop tune Chameleon and Spain’s Miki was last with his Spanish-language energetic La Venda.
Israel’s Kobi Marimi, who is known for getting enthusiastic, shed tears of delight after his exhibition however he completed in 23rd spot with just 47 points.
Iceland’s Hatari, who have stood up about the clashing emotions they have about being at the challenge in Israel, held up until the finish of the show to wave Palestinian banners. The Eurovision challenge is carefully objective.