ukrainaUkraine singer Jamala won the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest (May 14), with the song titled “1944”. The 32-year-old singer won the Grand Final in Stockholm with song about the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars under the Soviet Union’s late communist ruler Josef Stalin.

Jamala, whose real name is Susana Jamaladynova , is from the European region and has family who still lives there under Putin’s control, has been accused of publicly bad-mouthing the Russian government. The song 1944 written and performed by herself, was inspired by the story of her great-grandmother during the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars in the Soviet Union at the height of World War II.

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Guest nation Australia, represented by Dami Im’s Sound of Silence, came second, with favourites Russia in third, Bulgaria in fourth and Sweden fifth.

Macedonian singer Kaliopi Bukle with the song “Dona”,was 11th in second semi-final, and she didnt got the final.

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World famouse star from USA, Justin Timberlake provided the half-time entertainment, opening his performance with his hit Rock Your Body before moving on to his new single, Can’t Stop the Feeling.

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The show was broadcast live in Europe, China, Kazakhstan, Australia, New Zealand and, for the first time, the United States. The viewing figures for this year’s contest are not yet known, but they are expected to exceed the 200 million who tuned in last year.

This Eurovision was wonderful, amazing and very charming, at all. By the way , INFE International Board Meeting!

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From Stockholm, Valentina Gjorgievska Pargo

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