Take a look at Kyiv Airport y’all: the soon to be portal to all things Eurovision and minefield for Eurovision stars. Last week, Ukraine welcomed home the victorious Jamala from Stockholm with flags, flashing lights and open arms. Seriously, the airport was FULL. Fans not only love her for her winning song “1944“, but also because “she brings the Eurovision Song Contest back to Ukraine after a 12 year break”.
Eurovision winner Jamala returns to Ukraine
One adoring (and adorable) fan gushes “for the first time in the whole world, a Crimean Tatar singer wins the Eurovision Song Contest”, while the Ukrainian Delegation are still trying to keep their eyes open, exhausted from the past two weeks in Sweden. Weren’t we all?
Jamala was “exhausted but ready” to meet her fans in Kyiv, according to NTU Director General Zurab Alasaniia. But the exhaustion didn’t show, she was all smiles as she struggled to carry thousands of flowers into her car. All the while Ukraine’s commentator Timur Miroshnychenko was happy enough with his giant bottle of champagne. Good for him!
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