- The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 took place on May 10-14 in Stockholm, Sweden.
- The Swedish organisation went for a humoristic approach (the hosts sang a song about how to win the song contest), decided to scale-up (world famous star Justin Timberlake performed as the interval act) and to promote 'awareness' (with a dance performance representing the fate of refugees, for instance ).
- A new voting system was introduced: at first the professional jury's points for each country were announced, and finally - in order from lowest to highest - the combined points given by all televoters were revealed, making it impossible to discern the winner until the very last minute. Which is exactly what happened: in a thrilling finale it became clear that the winner would not be Russia (winner of the televoting votes) nor Australia (winner of the professional juries' votes), but Ukraine.
- Russia gave the festival a temporary highlight when it comes to an act driven by technology, when singer Sergey Lazarev 'climbed' a virtual wall of wooden blocks during his song.
- Romania was supposed to participate and had already chosen a song (Moment of silence by Ovidiu Anton) but was excluded from the contest by the EBU in April, due to a growing debt.
With her unique and different song 1944 Jamala brought the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to Ukraine. The singer is known for her music, obviously, but also for expressing her opinion on matters that are important to her. We sent her seven difficult questions and Jamala was so kind as to mail us back the answers. During Eurovision you had an … »