Jamala has won the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden for Ukraine.
The singer triumphed tonight in Stockholm with the song “1944”. The song about the deportation of Crimea Tatars by the Soviet authorities in 1944, resonated with the juries and public across Europe. This is the second time that Ukraine has won the contest, the last being back in 2004 when Ruslana performed “Wild Dances”.
Jamala who is off Crimean Tatar decent is one of the most popular performers in Ukraine. She rose to fame in 2009 after winning “New Wave”, since then she has attempted to represent her country on two occasions, in 2011 she missed out with the song “Smile” while this year she took victory with “1944”. Jamala has stated that her song is not political and that instead it is spreading an understanding of what happened.
The singer won the contest with a total of 534 points, just 23 points ahead of Dami Im from Australia. It was a close contest with Dami Im from Australia winning the jury voting with a total of 320 points, Jamala was 2nd with the juries scoring 211 points. In the televote Ukraine finished 2nd with 323 points, Russia topped the public vote with 361 votes but this was not enough to take victory tonight.
The Top 5 ended as follows:
- Ukraine – Jamala – 1944 – 532
- Australia – Dami Im – Sound of SIlence – 511
- Russia – Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One – 491
- Bulgaria – Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime – 307
- Sweden – Frans – If I Were Sorry – 261