Jamala who represented the Ukraine this year with the song ‘1944′ has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. This is the second time the Ukraine has won the contest. Previous win was in 2003 in Turkey with Ruslana and the song ‘Wild Dances‘
Ukraine received the total 534 points and Australia placing second with 511 points. The voting system was reintroduced again this year since 2009. This year we had the Jury votes followed by a new revealing pattern of votes from the televoters across Europe creating unpredictable results.
Contestants and the nations awarding the 12 points from the Jury
- Ukraine –Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, and Slovenia
- Australia –Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland
- Russia –Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, and Greece
- Armenia –Bulgaria, Russia, and Spain
- Sweden –Czech Republic, Estonia, and Finland
Contestants and the nations awarding the 12 points from the televotes
- Russia –Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine
- Serbia –Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Switzerland
- Ukraine –Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and San Marino
- Armenia –France, Georgia, and Russia
- Australia –Albania, Malta, and Sweden
The winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest © Andres Putting (EBU)
The lyrics for ‘1944‘ concern the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in the 1940s by the Soviet Union. Jamala was inspired by the story of her great-grandmother Nazylkhan, she and her five children were deported to Central Asia at the time. The song is sung in the Crimean Tatar language, is made up of words from a folk song called ‘Ey, güzel Qırım‘. Jamala heard the song from her great-grandmother, reflecting on the loss of a youth which could not be spent in her homeland.
This song is not a political statement unlike other sites think or suggest. Everything depends on how you look at it and how you interpret it. If it’s a hidden meaning or anything like that, it’s up to you.
We would like to give a big congratulations to Jamala and her team and the people of Ukraine for winning the contest and we will see you next year! Best of luck