The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest was crowned over the weekend, but other than his winning credentials, soap fans noticed something else about him – he’s the spitting image of Emmerdale‘s Marlon Dingle!
Duncan Laurence from The Netherlands was the hot favourite to win ahead of the contest and the bookies were right as he stormed away with the prize when he got 492 points.
But viewers watching at home couldn’t help but comment on his uncanny resmeblence to soap favourite Marlon, aka Mark Charnock.
Fans quickly expressed their surprise at the likeness on Twitter.
Marlon Dingle from Emmerdale won Eurovision!!!
— Cheeky Monkey (@Sarah_K_B83) 19 May 2019
I see Marlon from Emmerdale did well at the Eurovision last night 😊👍🤣 pic.twitter.com/FWR7cDroeB
— Mike T (@Tutts558) 19 May 2019
— Lisa Bennison@Bettys (@lisabwitched) 18 May 2019
Or was it @joeldommett ?
— Ian Perry (@ian_perry) 18 May 2019
— Mark Rogerson (@MarkyRodge) 18 May 2019
— Tom Randell (@tjrandell) 18 May 2019
— Sharrel Wright ™ (@SharrelWright) 18 May 2019
— MG (@mofgimmers) 18 May 2019
So, if actor Mark ever needs a sick day, he knows who to call!
He wasn’t the only Emmerdale star Eurovision fans noticed on stage on Saturday night.
Some thought the Norwegian entry looked like David Metcalfe!
One suggested he was the “lovechild of David from Emmerdale and Nick from Corrie,” and someone else said his bandmates were Tracy Metcalfe and Paddy Kirk!
Now Norway have the lovechild of David from Emmerdale and Nick from Corrie. #Eurovision
— Matt (@Missives0fASub) 18 May 2019
Blimey, it’s David, Tracey and Paddy from Emmerdale…#Eurovision
— ⚜Dame Marjorie Minge⚜ (@MadameMinge) 18 May 2019
The Song Contest was plunged into controversy after UK entrant Michael Rice came in last place. Many viewers have now called for the UK to stop entering altogether.
The UK hasn’t won the competition in over 20 years – with their last victory coming in 1997, when Katrina and the Waves performed Love Shine a Light.
After the UK’s disappointing performance in the show, fans took to twitter to express their outrage, with some claiming that the votes were purely political, and showed Europe’s impatience with the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote.
#Eurovision idea: to test how politically everyone votes, can the UK one year just throw Ed Sheeran in and see how badly he does?? Because if he finishes last, then we know something’s up
— Emyr Evans (@EmyrEvans12) May 19, 2019
UK last in #Eurovision – what possible reason could Europe have to not like us?
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) May 18, 2019
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) May 18, 2019
Some viewers even claimed that the UK should stop competing at all – and stop giving money to the event.
#eurovision THE uk should leave THE eurovision contest. After brexit they now have eurexit!
There song was not good.
— Joren Miermans fan van Laura Tesoro (@MiermansJoren) May 19, 2019
I’m convinced that if Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sam Smith, Rag n Bone Man, the new Beatles the new Oasis or any popular singer/band entered #Eurovision the Uk still wouldn’t win. Time to stop bothering #political
— Lucy D (@LucyDava) May 19, 2019
Why do we even bother with this joke competition. Do we really need to be at a party that no one wants us at. We have the best bands/solo artist in the world. Let them have their silly event. We could put Adele in it and still come last. #politicalbollocks #Eurovision
— Lee Martin (@leemartin1973) May 19, 2019
— Clemo (@1974clemo) May 19, 2019
This year’s competition was marred by political turmoil as fans objected to the show being hosted in Israel, due to the treatment of the Palestinian people currently under Israeli occupation.
The Icelandic contestants, Hatari, held up Palestinian flags as their score was announced, and during her interval performance, Madonna included two back up dancers wearing Palestinian and Israeli flags.
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