TV PRESENTER Graham Norton said it was "unfair" that the UK entry for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest came last.

The 2019 edition of Eurovision became an all too familiar story, meaning it  has still been more than 20 years since the UK won in 1997 with Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves.

It prompted continuing criticism on social media over bias and unfair bloc voting.

Michael Rice, 21, only managed to rack up 16 points in the competition for his performance of song Bigger Than Us – putting him in last place.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands' Duncan Laurence was crowned the winner, with 492 points.

Mr Norton, who hosted the BBC's coverage offered his condolences to Michael as the result was announced, admitting that he was worried the hopeful would be left "upset".

Speaking as the result was announced, the Irish presenter said: "I hope he's not upset because he did all he could tonight, he really did.

"Our hearts go out to Michael and the whole team who worked so, so hard on the competition this year. You can't fault his performance tonight."

He added: "He absolutely did not deserve that result.

"It was really unfair, and I hope he's OK... He's got his mum and his Nan here, and we will all go and give him a hug later on."

The singer himself has now thanked fans for their support, insisting he and his team still "smashed it".

He wrote on his Twitter page: "Just want to say thank you for all the amazing messages of support! Me and my team have smashed this whole entire journey and I'm just so proud!!

"I'm walking away with memories, friends, amazing fans and an experience of a lifetime!

"This is just the start, thank you for believing in me."

Meanwhile the Israeli culture minister has criticised Madonna's Eurovision performance in which two of her dancers wore Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs.

Miri Regev, a right-wing minister known for provocative stances, criticized the performance at the final in Tel Aviv, saying 'it was an error'.

He added: "Politics and a cultural event should not be mixed, with all due respect to Madonna."

Regev also criticised Israeli public broadcaster KAN for not having prevented the flags from being shown, though it was unclear what could have been done.

During Madonna's performance at the Eurovision extravaganza, which began Saturday night and stretched into Sunday morning, two of her dancers could be seen side-by-side with Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs.

The gesture was an apparent call for unity, but Eurovision organisers seek to keep all politics out of the event.

The organisers also said Iceland's Eurovision act could face punishment after displaying Palestinian flags during the live broadcast.

During the final, the band members held up Palestinian flags while their public vote was being announced.

In a statement, Eurovision said the "consequences of this action" will be discussed by the contest's executive board".

Alongside the contest, there were clashes in central Jerusalem as ultra-orthodox Jews protested against Eurovision.