Following Ukraine’s win at Eurovision 2016, the reactions came thick and fast. Russia’s famed composer Filip Kirkorov called for jury reform, noting that 21 of 42 juries blanked the Russian performer. Russian MP Elena Drapeko suggested Russia’s third-place finish was the result anti-Russian sentiment: “This is partly a consequence of the propaganda war of information that is being waged against Russia…There is a general demonisation of Russia – that we are all evil, that our athletes are doping, that our planes violate airspace.”
The nail-biting voting segment really upped the drama and left all of us on the edge of our seats. The team from wiwibloggs weren’t thinking about politics or nation branding, but rather the singer and the fact that two weeks (and many months!) of Eurovision blogging were finally reaching a grand climax. As you can see below, we let it all out — whoops, cheers, voices jumping three octaves and people climbing chairs. Please note: This is celebrating Jamala’s victory — it is not celebrating Sergey’s loss.
The video captures the confusion that many viewers felt. When Ukraine came second in the televote (around the 1:00 mark), many mistakenly thought that Russia had won overall. But owing to the new voting presentation, it was still unclear until producers revealed Sergey’s total points and displayed the result. As you can see in the video, wiwiblogger William managed to do the math in his head a bit more quickly (around 1:57) and starts shrieking before the masses. When the result is confirmed the press room lets rip and it’s just so adorable!
Ukrainian fans watch Jamala’s performance in the press room
Jamala’s reaction at her winner’s press conference
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)