Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest for 2016.
Jamala won with her unconventional and haunting 1944, scoring 534 votes.
“I really want peace and love to everyone. Thank you Europe!” she said.
In a nail-biting vote, Australia’s Dami Im came second with 511 votes, but was the preferred choice of the European juries. Televoting and bookies favourite Russia was placed fourth with 491 votes.
Dami Im was note perfect with her performance of Sound of Silence.
Asked what she would do after the jury votes, Dami said she would “Go and have a lemonade with my crew!”
Lee Lin Chin in Sydney announced the Australian jury vote for Belgium, also the choice of the public vote.
At her Press Conference, Jamala said, “I don’t have the words to describe my feelings in English. It was amazing. It was crazy. I was sure that, if you sing about truth, it can really touch people. And I was right.
“I was so appreciated by the warm audience in the Globe Arena. It was a great show – thanks to Stockholm and the organisers of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest! I was so happy to enjoy those three minutes every day. It is an honour, and a big responsibility that you voted for me. Thank you!
“I am very happy for all Australians who voted for me. Australia competed with a wonderful and strong song. If I had voted tonight, I had voted for Australia.”
Jamala is a Ukrainian singer, composer and actor. She performs music that includes elements of such styles as soul, jazz, funk, folk and electronic. The singer became popular after her participation at The New Wave in 2009. In 2011, she performed her cheerful song Smile in the Ukrainian selection but didn’t win the final. In this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Jamala will perform her own composition, 1944.
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