The Eurovision Song Contest Pays Homage to 1944

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It’s a wrap on the 2016 Eurovision song contest. It was the 61st edition and took place in Stockholm, Sweden. The semi-finals took place on May 10 and 12 with the final on May 14. The final top five by points were:

#5. “If I Were Sorry” by Frans (Sweden) 261 Points
#4. “If Love Was a Crime” by Poli Genova (Bulgaria) 307 Points
#3. “You Are the Only One” by Sergey Lazarev (Russia) 491 Points
#2. “Sound of Silence” by Dami Im (Australia) 511 Points
#1. “1944” by Jamala (Ukraine) 534 Points

This was the second time in history that the Ukraine won the contest, the first being in 2004 for “Wild Dances” by Ruslana. In 2016, Australia won the jury vote while Russia won the televote. The Ukraine came second in both and in so doing won the contest. “1944” is a bilingual song with lyrics in both English and Crimean Tatar. Forty-two countries participated in this year’s competition. Below is the live MV of the winning song from semi-final 2.

Julia Dymanska Tops the Ukraine Charts

Julia Dymanska

Award winning Ukranian singer Julia Dymanska recently topped the charts in her home country with “Двічі в одну річку не війдеш”. (We won’t attempt to romanize or translate that!)  Relatively new at the game, she began her solo career in 2013 and is laying out a string of hit singles. We have embedded the breathtaking MV for the chart topper below in which the beauty explores some very rocky terrain with magical surprises in store.