EBU issues statement regarding backlash of new voting system
The EBU has defended Jamala’s win and told the press that Ukraine will remain the champions for this year. Singer Jamala took home the title with her song 1944 after achieving the most number of points, when the jury points and the public vote points were combined.
The win was shadowed with claims that under the former rules, Dami Im, the Australian singer, would have comfortably secured the title. After all this, the officials have stepped, with a statement supporting Ukraine.
The statement reads: “The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was a spectacular show and a testament to a year of hard work by so many people from so many countries. The live shows were world-class television productions with a thriller climax on Saturday night.
We understand the passions and emotions that are engendered through the Eurovision Song Contest. In light of this, we have taken notice of your petition and appreciate this opportunity to respond. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was decided by music industry professionals and you, viewers at home, each with a 50% stake in the result. Ukraine’s Jamala won, thanks to broad support from both juries as well as televoters. She did so with an outstanding performance of an emotional song, telling a personal story.
Australia’s Dami Im won the jury vote and Russia’s Sergey Lazarev won the televoting. They both deserve credit for their world-class performances, their great songs and for taking their loss as true professionals.
They may not have won the contest, but responded to the outcome as winners. We respect and appreciate them for that. The Eurovision Song Contest is a competition. There can only be one winner. We understand that not everyone agrees with the outcome of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest however in a competition where the results are decided based on a subjective and often very personal opinions, there will always be people who do not agree.
Ukraine is, and will remain, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Whether you agree or disagree, we call upon those who signed this petition to embrace the result, valid in accordance with the rules, and to continue a constructive dialogue about how to further strengthen and improve the Eurovision Song Contest.”