Last Saturday, Jamala took the crystal, microphone-shaped Eurovision trophy back to Ukraine after the most nerve-wracking voting we’ve seen in years. Her victory with an other-worldly, anti-pop song became of hot topic around the world, with media speculating whether the win came down to politics. Her victory marked the first time that the winner did not win either the jury or the televote, as she finished second with both.
Fans of bookies hot fav Sergey Lazarev were angry over the Ukrainian victory due to the fact Russia won the televote with 361 points, but was only fifth when it came to the juries, leaving Russia in a third position.
Australia’s Dami Im won the jury portion with an overwhelming 320 points, leaving Ukraine second with a 109-point gap. Australia ended fourth in the televote, behind Poland, Ukraine and Russia.
Soon after the win, a petition started circulating about revising the results:
This petition is dedicated to [the] European Broadcasting Union from all the fans that [do] not agree with the results from [the] Eurovision Song Contest 2016. We understand that [the] jury voting and televoting process is a hard and emotional one, but the amount of people who’ve signed this shows that how many people are sure that this year’s “winner” is not the one who should really win the contest. We have no doubt on the justice and privacy of contest, that’s why we think that there’s need to revise the results.
The petition received about 25,000 supporters in its first few days, but had collected 300,000 signatures by Tuesday evening. Famous Russian singer Nikolay Baskov and Russian political figure Nikita Odintsov were among those who signed.
Following the growth of support for the petition, the EBU released a statement in which they say they will not revise any of the results and that Ukraine’s Jamala is, and will remain, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.