Wednesday 7 December 2016

Ukraine crowned Eurovision winner following tension-filled climax with close rivals Russia and Australia

Published 14/05/2016 | 23:52

Ukraine's Jamala celebrates as she wins the Eurovision Song Contest final with her song '1944' in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Ukraine's Jamala celebrates as she wins the Eurovision Song Contest final with her song '1944' in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Jamala representing Ukraine performs with the song "1944" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS

Ukraine was crowned winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Jamala won for her political song 1944 and pleaded for "peace and love" as she collected her trophy.

Her '1944' entry into the contest was inspired by her grandmother's personal experience during Stalin's forced deportation of Crimean Tatars.

After accepting the Eurovision trophy, she said: "I know that you sing a song about peace and love, but actually, I really want peace and love to everyone."


Thrusting the glass microphone in the air she yelled: "Thank you Europe - welcome to Ukraine."

Australia came second with Dami Im performing 'Sound Of Silence' while Russia came third with Sergey Lazarev singing 'You Are The Only One'.

Russia initially complained about Ukraine's choice of song but Jamala was eventually cleared to compete - ending up fighting for the top prize with Russia's Sergey Lazarev.

The final outcome was surprising, however, as Australia had a comfortable position at the top of the scoreboard throughout the jury votes from each country.



The new voting announcement system meant that the televotes were factored in only after these votes, in an effort to maintain the suspense of the contest.

Not everyone was enamoured with the new style, though, and many were disturbed by the glaring differences between jury votes and televotes.

The possibility that Australia could actually have won the Eurovision became a very real one tonight - and this, too, held its own controversy.

And, despite a cracking entry from the Land Down Under tonight, the country has to be specifically invited back by Ukraine.



Justin Timberlake provided half-time entertainment during the competition, opening his special guest performance with his hit Dance With Me before moving on to his new single 'Can't Stop The Feeling'.

Azerbaijan's Samra performs the song 'Miracle' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Azerbaijan's Samra performs the song 'Miracle' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Ukraine's Jamala performs the song '1944' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
U.S. singer Justin Timberlake performs during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
United Kingdom's Joe and Jake, centre, wait for the start of the voting during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Guest artist Justin Timberlake performs during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Ukraine's Jamala performs the song '1944' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Austria's ZOE performs the song 'Loin d'ici' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Ukraine's Jamala performs the song '1944' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs with the song "LoveWave" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Zoe representing Austria performs with the song "Loin d'ici" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Ira Losco representing Malta performs with the song "Walk on Water" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Ira Losco representing Malta performs with the song "Walk on Water" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Spain's Barei performs the song 'Say Yay!' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Justs representing Latvia performs with the song "Heartbeat" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Poland's Michal Szpak performs the song 'Color Of Your Life' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Serbia's Sanja Vucic ZAA performs the song 'Goodbye (Shelter)' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Barei representing Spain performs with the song "Say Yay!" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Sanja Vucic ZAA representing Serbia performs with the song "Goodbye" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Donny Montell representing Lithuania performs with the song "I've Been Waiting for This Night" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Donny Montell representing Lithuania performs with the song "I've Been Waiting for This Night" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Dami Im representing Australia performs with the song "Sound of Silence" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Bulgaria's Poli Genova performs the song 'If Love Was A Crime' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The Netherlands's Douwe Bob performs the song 'Slow Down' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Amir representing France performs with the song "J'ai cherche" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Dancers wear dresses made from paper during the opening of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz representing Germany performs with the song "Ghost" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Italy's Francesca Michielin appears on the stage during opening of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Belgium's Laura Tesoro performs the song 'What's The Pressure' during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Samra representing Azerbaijan performs with the song "Miracle" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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Supporters of Sweden and Finland cheer during the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Laura Tesoro representing Belgium performs with the song "What's the Pressure" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN.
The audience warms up for the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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