Ukraine sat out last year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest because of financial issues associated with the ongoing fighting and instability in the country.
But they’re back in 2016 and battling it out against the best Europe has to offer.
So has the one year break enabled them to take stock and serve up a kicker of a song that has the potential to defeat all and sundry? Whether it does or not, it’s sure to stir up a bit of a hornet’s nest, given ‘1944’ lyrically deals with a politically sensitive subject matter… the mass deportation of indigenous Crimeans by former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Singer Jamala gives this one everything she’s got – and it’s clear by her impressive live performance in the clip below – that this has personal meaning.
Those in the Kremlin might not like what she has to say, but there’s no denying its power. Huit points.