Firstly, this song is an enthralling anthem for the oppressed.
Secondly, this performance is Eurovision 2016 READY.
Thirdly, if this doesn’t finish in the top 5 my hope in humanity will be placed in serious question.
Jamala will represent Ukraine at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with the song “1944“. Jamala is clearly a professional. Many claim the song may be too art, but I hear the 90s R&B house influences that are very accessible influence points. Jamala is authentic to herself as an artist and delivers a quality performance. This is how you do a message song on the Eurovision stage.
For those who think this song should be disqualified because it is too political, where were you last year? Last year’s Eurovision Song Contest was littered with boring and poorly performed message songs. This song is clearly very personal to Jamala but the cause of her cries isn’t the point. We are living in the age of the Syrian refugee crisis, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, women’s right, LGBTQ rights… etc. This is an anthem for ANYONE who has felt oppressed or marginalized.
I imagine that the juries will reflect my sentiments and this entry will be comfortably placed in the finals of Eurovision 2016.