The Netherlands gained the 64th Eurovision Music Contest in Israel on Sunday in a songfest that handed off with out severe incident, regardless of calls by pro-Palestinian teams to boycott the occasion. Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence beat 25 different contestants within the grand last in Tel Aviv to win the glass microphone trophy – Madonna, who headlined the present, didn’t win many accolades nevertheless.
The 25-year-old favorite gained 492 factors along with his piano ballad “Arcade” a couple of failing relationship. His victory provides the Netherlands the best to host the 2020 finals. Italy got here second, with 465 factors, and Russia third, with 369.
Pop celebrity Madonna sprang a shock throughout her visitor efficiency of two songs – her iconic 1989 hit “Like A Prayer” and a brand new quantity, “Future,” sung alongside the American rapper Quavo. On the shut of the second quantity, two backing dancers briefly appeared on stage carrying the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the again of their costumes. See the full performance here.
The European Broadcasting Union, which co-produced the competition alongside Israel’s nationwide broadcaster, issued an announcement instantly after her efficiency. “This ingredient of the efficiency was not cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Music Contest is a non-political occasion and Madonna had been made conscious of this,” it mentioned.
The 60-year-old singer, who’s a follower of the paranormal type of Judaism referred to as Kabbalah, had confronted criticism from pro-Palestinian activists for performing on the occasion. Nonetheless, it was the standard of her efficiency that spawned Twitter memes and stirred controversy.
Even earlier than the present had ended criticism of Madonna’s efficiency was broadcast dwell on-air when the consultant for the Netherlands satirically thanked “Madonna’s autotune” earlier than awarding the nation’s twelve factors.
Twitter customers ripped Madonna’s efficiency, one joked:
“UK: In line with votes we had the worst efficiency and tune at #Eurovision
Madonna: Maintain my Champagne.”
One other consumer gave Madonna a rating in Eurovision trend, writing, “United States zero factors.”
Different’s riffed off different rivals to lapoon the reigning queen of pop. “Possibly North Madonna would have been higher than Madonna #Eurovision,” joked one consumer making mild of North Macedonia’s robust efficiency within the competitors, whereas one other tweeted, “The second when a middle-aged Turkish dentist singing for San Marino hits extra right notes than Madonna.”
Reuters contributed to this report