TheEurovisionfestivalended withthe victory ofUkrainianandRussiancontroversiesfor asingersonga little toopolitical:1944,Jamalasangin EnglishandTatar,CrimeanTatarextrusionfromspeakingat the handsof Stalin.Jamalabroke theRussian singer,giventofavoredthe eveandonly finishedthird.
“For me it isa great honourandat the same timea great responsibility,” saidthe winner,Tatar–source:I must say thatI was certainthatwhen you sing,when you speakof the truththatcan reallytouch people. “
Jamalawon forthe sumbetweenthe preferencesof the juryand thepublic,but it was notbeforeinneitherwas thejury‘s favoriteAustralian:rankingsofKorean origin, Dami.
While thepreferredby popular votewasthe Russian,SergeyLazarev,only fifthon a parwithBelgiumfor the jury.Cumulativevotinghim backin third place.ForMoscowit was a political voting: “today,even ifyou’re the greatestvocalistin the world, yourRussian citizenshipprevent you
access to the firstplace, “saidRussianDeputy Prime Ministerof Crimea,RuslanBalbek.
The singerhoweverdoesn’ttake ittoo badly:
“We havedone so muchto representourcountry.I thinkwe succeeded.At leastviewersthroughout Europewere puton the firstplace,is the most important thing. “
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