In recent years it’s become commonplace to mention Eurovision and “The Voice” in the same breath. Polina Gagarina, Amir, Sergey Lazarev, Loïc Nottet, Lena, Elnur Huseynov — some of your favourite Eurovision stars have either joined the judging panel of the international singing franchise or competed on the local edition of the show. So why should Jamala — the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 — be an exception?
On Sunday the “1944” singer gave a stirring performance during the super-final of “The Voice of Ukraine”, helping close out the sixth season. She revealed that she’ll join the show as a mentor and judge in 2017.
During the announcement she confessed that she loves to hear unique vocal timbres and artists that have compelling stories behind them. Will she discover a new star in Ukraine?
Jamala’s victory at Eurovision has propelled her to another level in her homeland, and you can really feel that in the video below.
The segment opens with a postcard showing off Jamala’s vocal — and sartorial — range. The mish-mash of genres in “1944” seems to reflect her broader career, which has spanned countless musical styles (and hairdos).
Her performance of “1944” was enchanting and mesmerizing, even without the fancy Eurovision LED floor, showing that it’s Jamala — not the fancy theatrics around her — that make the song a winner. But don’t worry — the glorious yellow tree still rises in the background.
@Daniel: Unlike in the past, radio stations today don’t easily endear themselves to songs of profound tragedy; and if I’m not mistaken, this may be the first time that a song of tragedy won at Eurovision. The Ukrainian team was aiming for approval for the song’s QUALITY, not for sales or radio airplay.
Of course, after her mediocre chart performance for an Eurovision winner (the worst since 2002), she has nothing left to do except joining a singing competition.
it gives me goosebumps every time i listen to it. Dear lovely Ukrainians you must be very proud(and you should.) I can feel what you feel same.
Kisses from Turkey.
I love Jamala and her performances, such a unique artist.
Here come the bitter haters and Russians.
excuse me but ruslana LOVES jamala and pushed hard for her to win the nf, she is probably overjoyed that jamala won
WOW !!!! Impressed ONCE AGAIN….. what a live-version !!! Love it!
The “It’s Me, Jamala” song is a guilty pleasure. Any bets Ruslana feels threatened that another Ukranian won and sharing the spotlight? lol
Lets get a RusMala (mixed their names) duet!