THIS may not sit well with some, but I’m glad Ukraine’s 2016 Eurovision entry, 1944 by Jamala, won.
It’s so refreshing to see that, after hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw spoofed Eurovision and its songs with Story of ESC and especially Love Love Peace Peace, that a song about the horrors of war and genocide triumphed over the more ‘traditional’ Eurovision topics.
I say this because Jamala’s lyrics were inspired by a real-life event: her great-grandmother’s deportation from the Crimean Peninsula by Stalin in 1944, and the resulting death of one of her children. Also, the use of the Crimean Tatar language gave the victims a voice once again and made my hairs stand on end.
1944 has made me realise I must learn more about this historical event, something no other Eurovision song has before.