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Ukraine wins Eurovision

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Ukraine’s Jamala has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ukraine scored 534 points with its song 1944, about Crimean ethnic cleansing under Josef Stalin.

The Eurovision song contest is a yearly music competition held in Europe. Countries put forward a singer and then people in Europe can vote for the winner.

Australia, who were granted access in 2015,  finished second with 511 points, while Russia – which was the favourite going into the competition – was third with 491 points.

Jamala dedicated the song to her great grandmother who was forced to leave along with a quarter of a million Tatars.

It had been expected to finish in the top three but in a surprise result beat favourites Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and had been angered by the song.

Collecting her award, an emotional Jamala thanked Europe for their votes, adding: “I really want peace and love to everyone.”

3 Responses

  1. This song is very political and I wonder why it was allowed. Here the rules of the Eurovision Website: “No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest.”

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