Ukraine 2016 – Result
- Jamala – "1944" (11 points)
- The Hardkiss – "Helpless" (11 points)
- SunSay – "Love Manifest" (8 points)
- Pur:Pur – "We Do Change" (5 points)
- NeAngely – "Higher" (5 points)
- Brunettes Shoot Blondes – "Every Monday" (2 points)
The song "1944" is composed by Jamala herself. The song is in English and Crimean-Tatar (first time a song will be sung in Crimean-Tatar in Eurovision Song Contest), and is about the 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland by the Russian army.
Her song describes the situation in 1944 and today, and is dedicated to her family who still live in the Russian-occupied peninsula.
See all the lyrics for "1944" here.
Susana Jamaladinova (32) is from Ukraine of Crimean Tatar descent, well-known as both a singer and an actress in Ukraine. She started her career back in 2005, but became famous after she participated in the talent-show "The New Wave 2009", where she was awarded with the grand prize.
Jamaal writes her own songs, and she participated in the Ukrainian ESC-selection in 2010 with the song "Smile". In 2014 she was playing the role of Olga in the movie "The Guide" that was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
There were three shows in this year's Ukrainian selection:
- 6 February: Semi-final 1
- 13 February: Semi-final 2
- 21 February: Final
- Andrii Danylko, aka Verka Serdiuchka (Ukraine 2007)
- Ruslana (Ukraine 2004)
- Kostiantyn Meladze (producer and composer)
The shows were hosted by Dimitri Tankovich and Aleksander Pedan.
Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Ukraine qualified to all the 11 Grand Finals.