Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar descent Jamala took the first place at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. She scored victory due to viewers’ votes, ousting the Australian contestant from the first place, who confidently had taken the lead before. Australia and Russia were in second and third place respectively.
Very symbolic was the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia in the final. Russia got the highest number of viewers’ votes, but low scores obtained in the previous stages of voting, prevented its singer from gaining the lead.
In response to the anchorman’s question of what she was feeling, Jamala said:
“I know that you sing songs about peace and love, but actually, I really want peace and love to everyone!”
The juries from San Marino, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Moldova, Latvia, Israel, Serbia, Macedonia and Poland gave the Ukrainian singer 12 points.
Thus, Ukraine has won the right to host the 2017 Eurovision.
It was reported earlier that 26 contestants took part in the final: 20 winners of the two semi-finals, as well as representatives of Sweden (Eurovision's host country) and "Big Five" countries - the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France.