Ukraine Pulls Upset to Win Eurovision 2016

Jamala, the Ukrainian entry into Eurovision 2016, walked away as the grand champion after Saturday night’s finale in Stockholm. This has pissed off the Russian bear in two ways. (1) Bookies had Russia’s entry was a solid favourite win the whole thing; and (2) Jamala’s song, “1944,” is critical about Russian’s behaviour regarding Crimea.

More specifically, her song was about the deportation of Crimean Tartars by the Soviets, an example of ethnic cleansing by Stalin. (She’s a Crimean Tartar herself.)

Russia didn’t even finish second. They were third behind Sweden. Vladimir Putin is not pleased, given that he seemed to really, really care about winning Eurovision this year.

More coverage here and here.

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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