Eurovision 2016: Ukraine is the winner with a controversial song

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This year's Eurovision Song Contest had many surprises (the difference between critical and public voting, especially in the case of Poland), similarities (the girls of the night had to wear something glamorous, the boys of the night something leather) and a political message to Russia.

Tatara Jamala's politically charged song, 1944, a doomsday story about her great-grandmother who was ousted by Joseph Stalin from the Crimea that year, won over television audiences, dropped Australia from first place and beat Russia. It was a victory that many commented on for all the right and wrong reasons.

Although Australia was the leading country in the jury voting, Ukraine won with 534 points, leaving behind the favorites of Australia (511 points) and Russia (491 points).


Cyprus ranked 21st with 53 points from the public vote and 96 in total. Regarding the voting of the juries of each country, Greece gave us 8 points, 7 Ukraine, 6 Armenia, 5 Malta and San Marino, 4 Estonia, 2 Moldova and 1 Croatia and Italy.

Cyprus has 12 points in Russia, 10 in Australia, 8 in Armenia, 7 in France, 6 in Malta, 5 in Israel, 4 in Hungary, 3 in Italy, 2 in Azerbaijan and 1 in Croatia.

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Eurovision met politics

This is the clear message as interpreted by most media outlets who want to get behind the glow and distinguish the shadows in the dynamics of the voters. Jamala's song is political and has a message of peace. "I ask for peace and love for all," said the artist, who has not visited Crimea since joining Russia in 2014.

"If I win this will mean that the people of Europe are not indifferent to what is happening, they are ready to listen to other people's pain and support them," Jamala told the Guardian.

"Of course the lyrics also refer to the events of 2014. These two years have brought unspeakable sadness to my life," he added, saying he could not sit and sing pleasant songs simply because he was an artist. “Are you waiting for me to forget? Of course, I can't do that, "he said.

Susanna Yamalandinova, as her real name is, was born in 1983 and is a member of the Crimean Tatars. A jazz and soul musician herself, she has a background that bridges differences.

Her Muslim father, a Christian mother of Armenian descent, Jamala says she is a Crimean Tatar and was surprised by the music competition, which usually avoids the politics and history of the continent.

The rest of the night

Justin Timberlake's appearance was thoughtful and careful. The American artist continues his tour of European shows and events, promoting his new single Can't Stop The Feeling, which is also the cinematic theme of the animated film where he co-stars, Trolls.

Eurovision was broadcast live on Europe's national networks, but also in China, Kazakhstan, Australia, New Zealand and for the first time in the United States.

Although the number of viewers has not been announced, Eurovision 2016 is expected to exceed 200 million viewers of last year's event.

Source: CNN