Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ukraine: Jamala won Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with "1944"

Jamala (© Thomas Hanses, EBU)
It's already 1,5 week ago since the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 took place in Globen Arena in Stockholm. After an entertaining show, hosted by last years winner Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede, and an very exciting new voting system it was Ukrainian singer Jamala who won the contest with her song "1944".

For the first time a new voting system was used for the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Everything started with the jury votes from all 42 participating countries. Points 1 - 8 and 10 were directly shown on screen and only the final 12 points were announced from the speakers persons. After the jury votes it was Australian singer Dami Im who was on #1 with "Sound Of Silence". Jamala came second with "1944", followed by Amir from France with "J'ai Cherché".

After the televoting it was clear that Ukrainian singer Jamala will win with "1944". She "only" came second place in both, jury and televotes. But in the end she got more points than jury winner Dami Im from Australia and pulic favorite Sergey Lazarev from Russia.

Congratulations to Jamala and the whole team Ukraine for winning the 61st Eurovision Song Contest!

Jamala is a deserved winner. Her outstanding song and performance showed that it's maybe a little return to the main thing in Eurovision - it's about the song and not only about a perfect produced song and a perfect stage concept for the performance. Sometimes less is more - thank you Jamala and see you next year in Ukraine!

After her winners performance she gave a winners press conference - if you missed, watch it here:

Support Jamala and her music. Download her Eurovision entry "1944" and her latest album "Дыхание (Breathe)" on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify:

For other possibilities check the stores in your country.

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