Ever since fleeing the war in Ukraine, Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala has been lifting her voice to raise awareness about the war in Ukraine. She’s traveled to Romania, Germany, and beyond to call for humanitarian aid and to call on NATO to help close the skies over her country.

Earlier this week Jamala made a stop in The Netherlands and appeared on the TV programme College Tour. She confirmed that she was not asked to perform in Turin, which surprised her. She said she’s keen to perform on the stage — not for herself, but for her people.

“I would do it,” she said. “It’s a really good stage to remember. Don’t forget that every delay of weapons, of speaking about this, costs Ukrainian lives.”

Jamala’s dream, she said, is for Kalush Orchestra to win Eurovision. She’d love the next Eurovision Song Contest to be held in a free and peaceful Kyiv.

 
 
 
 
 
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Jamala’s goodwill tour of Europe has seen her put the focus on her homeland by singing her Eurovision entry “1944”.

The song, which recounts the forced deportation of Crimean Tartars from Crimea under Joseph Stalin, is deeply personal to Jamala, as her great grandmother was among those forced on that long march. 

The song won the contest two years after Russia illegally annexed the region. Jamala tapped into the zeitgeist, but she also performed with a heart-wrenching sincerity that, she told us, left her crying every single time.

In looking back her song proved eerily timely – just as it remains today. This is how we reviewed the song in the run up to Eurovision 2016:

This is dark, direct and at times nihilistic: “They kill you all and say, ‘We’re not guilty’…everyone dies.” In lesser hands this would come off as melodrama. But Jamala delivers it with conviction and soul, resulting in a strangely intoxicating and other-worldly sound. “1944” defies convention, mixing traditional Crimean Tartar music with soul and R&B, and yet it somehow remains universal and accessible. At the end of the song she channels the pain of a thousand victims in one single cry. This is a gift that can’t be taught.

Would you like to see Jamala perform at Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comments box below. 

 

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Will
Will
1 month ago

And the comments saying “she’s doing it for herself” or in that ball park.. totally unnecessary, rude and just untrue.

Will
Will
1 month ago

She was asked a question.. she answered. So what if she is ready and willing, stop crying about it! This wouldn’t be a political performance, Eurovision was created for PEACE, she would be singing for PEACE..

Cue
Cue
1 month ago

Oh ffs, I’m all for supporting of Ukraine but Jamala is just getting pettier by the second at this moment. I get that the whole Crimea and general Ukraine/Russia discourse is personal to her, but this behavior is just leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. It will sound extremely shallow, but no, I don’t wanna see anything related to war, politics, or anything akin to that on the Eurovision stage, especially this year. It’s my one week of the year where we can all just be happy together, appreciate the kitsch and cheesy, and get passionate about dumb songs… Read more »

Lady Marmalade
Lady Marmalade
1 month ago
Reply to  Cue

100%! This is getting out of control. What about people don’t want to hear, don’t care or don’t support Ukraine? Maybe people just want to be in the ESC bubble for a change. As if we aren’t getting enough information about Ukraine. Are we just going to let Ukraine hold hostage of everything? I am at a point of just shutting anything and anyone uttering the word Ukraine. Don’t say, don’t want to know, don’t care! Also there are other conflicts around the world. Ukraine is not everything!!! Ffs!

zenellie
zenellie
1 month ago

Enough of her ffs, she got out fast at start and has pimped her way around Europe for the Eurovision season ever since, she is doing this only for herself

Josh
Josh
1 month ago

If anyone should be raising awareness, RAI should invite someone to perform “we don’t wanna put in”, ideally the original performers, or Verka.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago

I’m sorry I wrote 2 very long comments. I couldn’t help it.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago

I’m a big fan of the contest and I’ve been watching it for a very very long time. But sadly my personal taste rarely ever coincides with the average taste of the die-hard fans. For me, only on rare occasions has the best song actually won. And one of those occasions was in 2016. IMO Ukraine had the best song & the best singer. That is why I was able to turn a blind eye to its political content. That year it seemed like the contest was turning into something more alternative, more artistic, less mainstream, less prefabricated, less predictable… Read more »

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago

I’m always taken aback & saddened by the amount of hate Jamala gets. Did the political content in that song give Ukraine an unfair advantage over the other contestants? Yes, it did. And at the time, I had concerns about ‘1944’ being accepted into the competition. Now, looking back, I think the EBU did the right thing in accepting ‘1944’ as that song at that time arose the right amount of attention to the UKR-RUS conflict. Don’t delude yourselves: Eurovision isn’t, never was & most likely never will be apolitical. You need a good dose of hypocrisy to be constantly… Read more »

zenellie
zenellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Tomi

Dude just because you say well there’s rules but they are always broken doesn’t make it right, you fcks in Europe have been fighting for hundreds and hundreds of years, you can’t get over over it and thats why we have this garbage there are rules but blah blah, Ukraine one year someone else the next, you cnts live for it that’s all I can think of.

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
1 month ago

Kalush is already representing Ukraine and everyone in Europe and globally is aware of the war in Ukraine, so raising awareness is unnecessary.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

I respect a woman who speaks her mind, but this is Kalush’s moment and they are working hard on their cause. As I said b4, she can be their spokesperson to give out their jury vote.

Daya Sloten
Daya Sloten
1 month ago

self-centered??? She literally is doing everything to help her country she had to flee because the people are being raped and slaughtered. I’m getting so sick of all the hate Jamala and Kalush are getting like eurovision is even 1% as important as what is happening in Ukraine. Her husband, friends and family might be raped, tortured or killed and you have the nerve to call her self-centered because she wants to give attention to that just because it annoys you? I don’t even have the words for how rude this is.

okanial
okanial
1 month ago
Reply to  Daya Sloten

If it is not even 1% important then why is she going out of her way to comment about it constantly? She did it in Turkish TV as well. If I wanted to invite someone from Ukraine to help the situation I’d invite Alina Pash at this point

George
George
1 month ago

Wholeheartedly agree with most of the comments – she should not be invited. Eurovision should not be any more political than it is. I never liked this song for a number of reasons at the time: 1) Its very clear political content 2) Her repetition of the words “Our souls’ – say it over and over again and it has another inappropriate meaning in English. Why did no-one ever realise this? 3) The song was apparently in contravention of Eurovision’s own rules about release/performance dates. It should have been disqualified and never have been allowed to be performed. I consider… Read more »

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  George

You need to have a perverted mind to hear anything other than ‘our souls’. Even when repeating it several times. I’m sorry, but that’s just my opinion.

George
George
1 month ago
Reply to  Tomi

Thanks for your opinion – I always took it to be an insult to the Russians for their treatment of the Tartars, rather than its vulgar biological meaning. It has two meanings so I’m not sure that is a perverted mind. I always took ‘our souls’ as a play on words, and if it is then it is inappropriate in a song in Eurovision. I am sure Jamala will never admit to it if it was intentional.

Milan
Milan
1 month ago

it’s not like we’ve been bombarded by news about Ukraine 24/7…

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

You and me both Jamala, I wasn’t invited either.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

Sorry but why would they invite her?

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago

I am Ukrainian and I do not think that she should perform in this case. It is enough that we have our band “Kalush” bringing awareness to the situation on the stage

ete sech
ete sech
1 month ago

I’m tired of her desperately seeking attention everywhere, I support Ukraine but RAI isn’t obligated to ask Jamala to perform

Daya Sloten
Daya Sloten
1 month ago
Reply to  ete sech

you are tired of her desperately seeking attention for her country where people are getting slaughtered, raped and tortured everyday? Imagine how tired she is of that happening everyday.

dade
dade
1 month ago

I guess we will have to wait for some more years till former soviet republics stop making politics at Eurovision. Let’s remember, western Europe did the same for quite some time. They finally stopped, now eastern Europe has to go that path. Anyway, as sorry as I feel for Ukraine, the media is already full of that conflict, now let’s celebrate unity, love and peace without pointing at that one horrible disaster Russia has unleashed.

Mitch
1 month ago
Reply to  dade

Nobody felt sorry or condemned NATO’s ILLEGAL bombing of Serbia & Montenegro in 1999

Jghtl
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch

Yup…

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch

typical manipulation from another russian troll. We are not talking about them. It is about Ukraine now

Tiago S
Tiago S
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch

It was impossible to feel sorry for Milosevic. An awful man. Good thing he is six feet under now.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Tiago S

Milosevic was NEVER Serbia, no matter how it seemed. He held ”his” whole country hostage and innocent people took the blow, while he was safe and sound in his fortress, until the point ,those same people not having anything else to lose, surrounded him with their desperation to which he finally succumbed. No bomb has ever brought any good, no matter who was the target. Nothing is ever black or white. For your sake, I hope you never get the full grasp of what I’ve just written.

The truth
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch

There must be someone on Wiwibloggs who does not believe in freedom of speech. I have tried to answer you and elaborate on what you said but my comment remained censored just because I mentioned one particular country which is untouchable for the West.

Mitch
1 month ago

This woman has been spreading hatred and nationalism ever since her victory. E N O U G H !!!

xxxxxx
xxxxxx
1 month ago

Good. We need her as far away from the contest as possible.

Gurl
Gurl
1 month ago

I’m sure the EBU/RAI will do a special segment for Ukraine but it doesn’t have to be Jamala singing 1944.

Jim
Jim
1 month ago
Reply to  Gurl

They shouldn’t as long as Ukraine is competing. It’d give an unfair advantage

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

What does it mean they didn’t invite her? Who said they should? Italy won last year Italy should invite whoever they want to perform!

Angel
Angel
2 months ago

I hope not, I love 1944 but this is Italy not Ukraine, if she go to the festival this year it will be 100% by political reasons and this is not what eurovision meant to be. So pls Mrs. don’t pressure to attend.

bruvvv1
bruvvv1
1 month ago
Reply to  Angel

the very reason eurovision exists is political tho

Someone1
Someone1
2 months ago

Who does she think she is?

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Im so bored of this. Also, jamalas dream is ukraine to win? I really hope that ukraine will not win.. many more countries deserve to win more than ukraine.

Vik
Vik
2 months ago

To all the “people” who think that this is abput politics understand this: war us not politics, its every day reality for people. While you are so privileged to whine about how you don’t want politics, someone out there is a bomb shelter without food or water because it’s their reality, not police. Continue to whine , God forbid you ever feel the way Ukrainians feel and then you won’t be whining about politics but begging people to care.
Pathetic, privileged society

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago
Reply to  Vik

Ex Yugoslav republics know what war is and as someone who is from one of those countries i say keep politics out of the contest. You can watch LITERALLY every other channel if you want war coverage, leave eurovision alone.

bruvvv1
bruvvv1
1 month ago
Reply to  Vik

totally agree

Daya Sloten
Daya Sloten
1 month ago
Reply to  Vik

One of the best comments on here. People in this comment section have gone mad it seems, its so sad to see

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Vik

How can a comment like this ever get a single negative vote is beyond me!!!??? No wonder we’re on the brink of the 3rd World war…

Jay
Jay
2 months ago

Why the hell should she be? It is in Italy, not Ukraine

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

She isn’t done with brining politics to Eurovision it seems 😀 Jeez, she’s all about politics inteligently arranged into song/art. So sad to see her being a political puppet for so many years now. I am all about bringing peace to Ukraine and stopping EVERY war in the world, but Ukraine is using political media (tv) propaganda for so many years now, and they still have the audacity to say that Russia is the one to be accused of that 😀 Both Ukraine and Russia are the same in that aspect. The bottom line: Same as Armenia last year, Ukraine… Read more »

Okay
Okay
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Just get it over with and say you want Ukrainians to suffer throughout the years

ete sech
ete sech
1 month ago
Reply to  Okay

No one wants that, but at this point everyone’s fed up with her seeking attention this way

bruvvv1
bruvvv1
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

??? i’m sorry but this comment is really ignorant

Ethan
Ethan
2 months ago

I’m getting tired of her and her need of attention

PuppetOnAString
2 months ago

They aren’t obligated to ask you Jamala, deal with it.

Span
Span
2 months ago

No. Not everything has to be about Ukraine during Eurovision night.

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
2 months ago

I think the EBU should keep to the schedule they have. Jamala could announce the results for Ukraine’s jury. This production is about Italy as hosts as they won it last year and the focus should be Italy at ESC. To be fair i agree its best to keep anything visible about politics out for the night or any cause for accusations of bias. Ukraine has the potential to will win anyway, and the EBU doesn’t want to be accused of bias. I don’t think the powers that be in countries like Serbia, Israel, Armenia and Azerbaijan would like or… Read more »

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
2 months ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

i think if Ukraine was not participating , I would certainly say yes to inviting her. If something was to be acknowledged then look at the end of the ESC final in 1999 after the reprise of Sweden winning when everyone sang Hallelujha , and this was special permission from the EBU dedicated to the victims of war in Kosovo. EBU did the right thing.

Jghtl
1 month ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

Allies? Wouldn’t be comfortable with Jamala performing? Are you joking?
I hope she won’t perform on Esc stage, but not for the reasons you mentioned.
Eurovision should not be political, and that’s it.

Daya Sloten
Daya Sloten
1 month ago
Reply to  Jghtl

Eurovision is literally formed because of unity and peace. Being against the war literally should not be considered political or bias and even less because some stupid people could be uncomfortable with it because they might be allies with or support the country committing this horrible war.

Ksenija
Ksenija
2 months ago

Please no, i want a fun night, i don’t want more politics. Don’t make the show political. We get it, it’s war but can we have three nights without it?

Vik
Vik
2 months ago
Reply to  Ksenija

For you it’s politics, for Ukrainians it’s their bombed houses and killed relatives. Enjoy your privilege of not facing what they are, just whine about “politics” while a country has mass graves of dead and tortured.

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago
Reply to  Vik

My country was bombed 23 years ago, i know what they are going through. Talking about privilege; you don’t know any of us here. Go to twitter, that’s the place for you.

And leave eurovision alone.

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Ksenija

you are probably 12 or so, cause the person who knows what a war is would never say that

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago
Reply to  Mariia

I’m 37, i was 13 when my country was bombed. Stop embarrassing yourself.

“Russian” name? How stupid you are? Ksenija is a greek name (xenia) which means hospitality.

Let me help your ignorant self.

Other versions of xenia:

Ksenija (Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania; ???????, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia);

One girl from our last year’s entry (hurricane) is also ksenija.

Stop embarrassing yourself, you’re the ignorant one. Try to educate yourself and be less confident in your ignorance.

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Ksenija

not surprised by a russian name too

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Yeah, and that very same year while Serbia was bombed, ESC was won but the most cheerful song ever. Everyone was celebrating and being happy, not caring one bit…Silly me, forgetting the basics – Serbia deserved to be bombed ’cause things are either black or white…

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

It was illegal bom.bing and nobody cared. They were using bom.s that made us sicker (sadly, the same scenario awaits ukrainians). Most people were happy about it because we “deserved” it. Instead of punishing politicians who made the mess they punished regular people by imposing sanctions. But as you can see we survived. We’re joking here that if things gets worse, and they will, we will be able to get by. We know what are power restrictions, inflation, the lack of petrol and food. Having said all this: leave eurovision alone. Discuss politics on every other channel, let families watch… Read more »

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Vik

you are right

Bart
Bart
2 months ago

Its a song compitition and Ukraine is also participating, so it would not be fair if the country is lifted above the contest for political reasons.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Her participation could result in the opposite of what she wants to achieve.

Thomas
Thomas
2 months ago

It is a song contest and not a political demonstration. She sang at pre parties, at tv shows. I think it’s not fair towards all the other countries to have taken their attention away. Ukraine gets lots of attention, it has been enough thank you

Helena
2 months ago

No more Jamala
We are fed up with her

Daya Sloten
Daya Sloten
1 month ago
Reply to  Helena

And she is fed up with her country being in a horrible war and people getting killed, tortured and raped everyday now who has it worse do you think?

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

she could be their spokesperson

Matrix 12
2 months ago

She sounds exactly the same like Ilse DeLange last year, who was also dissapointed about not being asked.

PuppetOnAString
2 months ago
Reply to  Matrix 12

Nah, Jamala purely wants to get invited to make the show about Ukraine

sTommie
sTommie
2 months ago
Reply to  Matrix 12

The big difference is that Ilse is Dutch and the contest was held in the Netherlands.

Dani
2 months ago

With all the love and support, this shouldn’t be the place for it.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I love 1944 and Jamala’s emotional performance but it will make the show very political and overshadow everyone including Italian organisation. Jamala is touring Europe by making appearances so she doesn’t need Eurovision. Kalush represent Ukraine.

Una
Una
2 months ago

Based alone on her statements in the article I strongly believe that Jamala’s performance in Eurovision would make the show *political*. That is something I strongly disagree with.
I remember reading a previous article on the fact that the performance of Kalush Orchestra has been well thought out so it will not be “political”.
There are 38 other countries participating and there are certain criteria to be met by all broadcasters and acts. So let them all have the attention they deserve and Italy as host country as well.
UKRAINE <3

Hello hi
Hello hi
2 months ago

Please keep politics out of Eurovision

Lf1002
Lf1002
2 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

The fact Ukraine are there in the first place is political..

PP77
PP77
2 months ago

Ukraine don t deserve to win 2022 with their song. They won in 2016 thanks to political song . Please no more again.

Bart
Bart
2 months ago
Reply to  PP77

The deportation of gypy people in WW2 is not political, it was a history fact, same as it’s a history fact Mata Hari was a Dutch dancer

Fabian Schmidt
Fabian Schmidt
1 month ago
Reply to  PP77

Their song is more meaningful; don’t you see the news?

Rai
Rai
2 months ago

It’s a war in Ukraine, we get it and Europe is doing everything to help. I’m sure awareness is high so let the Italians shine because it’s their Eurovision. Ukraine will get pitty points and steal the show anyway…

Pete
Pete
2 months ago

Eurovision Song Contest managed to stay non-political and neutral during the bloody ex-yugoslav wars in 90s, and it should stay like this on this ESC. But, it would be OK if EBU organize some concert similar to live aid for Africa in 80s or something like that to help Ukrainian people… With esc stars or something,but not using Song Contest itself for that purpose.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

Yugoslavia was kicked out and banned for 12 long years. Yeah, very neutral…

PP77
PP77
2 months ago

EBU no Jamala in Turin. Call Ruslana, Zlata…

Im so fab
Im so fab
2 months ago

Jamala, I have very uncomfortable question to you.

Can you stop transforming this contest into a political tool?

Orpheus
Orpheus
2 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I mean, she’s literally trying to stop her people from being kidnapped, raped and slaughtered, left and right, the best she can, but sure, let’s all make fun of her because we’re still pressed about Maruv.

KAaia
KAaia
2 months ago
Reply to  Orpheus

read the room

Ksenija
Ksenija
2 months ago
Reply to  Orpheus

Novody cares about maruv. It’s 2022, people moved on a million times ago.
She’s trying to make Eurovision a political event and Eurovision is the opposite of that.

She’s trying to stop her people being kidnapped, raped and slaughtered, how? By singing on Eurovision? You think Russians care about her words?

She doesn’t belong on eurovision and i hope Italian won’t invite her.

Orpheus
Orpheus
2 months ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Considering I still keep reading the same tired old joke, at completely inappropriate moments, I would say people have, in fact, not moved on. Of course Russians won’t care about her words, that’s why she isn’t appealing to them but to the rest of the world. I thought it was logical. I agree Eurovision in its core shouldn’t be political, but are people’s lives worth less than 12 hours of television? I guess I might have been raised wrong, because I do not understand today’s society and their priorities. I guess we’re all only woke because it looks cute on… Read more »

Ksenija
Ksenija
2 months ago
Reply to  Orpheus

“Of course Russians won’t care about her words, that’s why she isn’t appealing to them but to the rest of the world. I thought it was logical.” We definitely don’t need jamala for that, especially not on Eurovision. Western media has been coverings the war 24/7, i don’t need it on Eurovision too. She’d say everything that people have already said, her presence there would only annoy people and that’s the opposite of what would like to achieve. Israel is completing just fine. Europe couldn’t care less about what’s happening there (words are cen.sored, i won’t mention the specific nation… Read more »

Ksenija
Ksenija
2 months ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Sorry for typos, I’m on phone and I’m useless on phone. Hopefully you’ll get what i was trying to say

Im so fab
Im so fab
2 months ago
Reply to  Orpheus

Learn to see the forest and not just the tree. My joke was a humorous way to tell that Jamala is an attention-hore that uses Eurovision for her political agenda. Do you prefer it like this? I’m not.

If you can’t read past the joke, I’m afraid you are too immature to get involved in discussions like this.

Vik
Vik
2 months ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Yes, because people tend to forget that things like that and move on with their lives. But people who are tortured don’t.

Okay
Okay
2 months ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Are you dense? She’s bringing awareness about what’s happening in Ukraine but you’re dismissing any actions you see from one of their people. Just say you are pro-war crime and are enabling the actions of the Russian government against them. You bootlicker.

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago
Reply to  Okay

I hope you are doing actually something to help Ukrainian people instead of wasting time preaching random people on the internet.

Okay
Okay
1 month ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Well then same goes to you, too. Have you already?

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago
Reply to  Okay

You are the who’s acting superior, not me. You are the one who is insulting me, not the other way around.

Show us that you are better than me by telling us what exactly have you done to help Ukrainians. Typing, sharing, liking and clicking at internet articles while you are in your cosy home don’t count.

Vik
Vik
2 months ago
Reply to  Orpheus

Speaking of Maruv, she’s a sell out. Thank God she didn’t represent the country.

Ethan1994
2 months ago

Hmmmm. I mean, I get it, a bit of me would like to see the song being performed there, given how serious and important this topic is, and how much people care about the victims of war in Ukraine. But it does in some ways feel like they would be pushing things a bit if they did invite her. By that, I mean that the EBU wants things to stay “non-political”. I suppose one could argue that by excluding Russia, they’ve already made it so. But Jamala and 1944 has nothing to do with Italy, so it really would be… Read more »

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan1994

As far as I remember, all Russian broadcasters that were EBU members *chose* to withdraw by themselves.
On the other hand, I remember reading that EBU excluded *Belarus*.

Thomas
Thomas
2 months ago

I don’t need her to be there. There will be enough attention for Ukraine, it’s a song contest and not a political demonstration