Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands accepts the Eurovision trophy from Israel’s Netta Barzilai..
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Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands accepts the trophy from Israel’s Netta Barzilai after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 19. “This is to dreaming big!” Laurence said as he thanked an estimated 200 million viewers of the contest, whose theme was “Dream Big!” Italy came in second and Russia third, while Israel’s Kobi Marimi finished 23rd out of 26 countries in the final. American pop star Madonna sang two songs at the end of the contest, and in a short interview, praised the Eurovision contestants and “the power of music to bring people together.”
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