Netherlands Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (Video)

Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands, center, celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final with the song "Arcade" in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Latest on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest (all times local):

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The Netherlands is the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Duncan Laurence’s doleful piano ballad “Arcade” was tapped as an early front-runner before Saturday’s Grand Final. But it had to rely on the fan vote to secure the country’s fifth win in the competition. Italy finished second, followed by Russia, Switzerland and Norway.

Some 200 million people around the world were expected to watch the annual campy contest with 26 nations battling to be crowned Europe’s best pop act.

Israel earned the right to host the show after Netta Barzilai carried off last year’s prize with her spunky pop anthem “Toy.”

The show of European unity brings together acts from 41 countries, including those with little connection to Europe, such as Australia.The final round’s winner will be influenced by TV viewers casting votes via text message.