Netherlands wins Eurovision as the UK drops to the bottom

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(CNN) — The Netherlands triumphed at a glitzy Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, taking home the crown after a typically kitsch and occasionally political show in Tel Aviv.

Duncan Laurence was the firm favorite before the show, and the little-known Dutch singer received rapturous applause in the arena after performing his song "Arcade." He confirmed victory with after scoring strongly with both the public and national juries.

The United Kingdom, by contrast, slumped to the bottom spot.

The contest also featured a performance from American superstar Madonna, and a crowd-pleasing segment that saw previous winners sing hit songs from the competition's history.

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