Jamala’s Eurovision 2016 song “1944” deals with the forced migration of Crimean Tatars under Stalin.
And on Sunday night’s episode of The Voice Kids Ukraine, 14-year-old Elina Ivashchenko proved that — despite the difficult subject matter — children can engage with it both vocally and emotionally.
Ahead of the show all of the contestants had to choose solo songs and young Elina — who is coached by Eurovision 2006 star Tina Karol — chose this belter of a tune, leaving her coach in tears before the performance was even over.
Needless to say Tina was very impressed, saying that the performance was one of the best ever seen on the series.
Elina, who clearly understands the importance of giving thanks, presented Tina with a special gift — a hand-painted portrait of the singer. How convenient that she had packed that in her handbag.
“It was a very dangerous choice, but you did it with dignity,” MONATIK, another coach on the show, said. “Thank you.”
Tina went on to choose Elina as one of her two finalists for the next round of the show.
As Elina belted out the tune, the reigning queen of Eurovision was listening — and she later praised the up-and-comer on Facebook.
She wrote: “Elina, thank you! Unfortunately, it is a very difficult song, really … in every sense! Well done! I wish you success at The Voice Kids!”
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