KYIV, UKRAINE – The grand final of Ukrainian national selection concluded and Jamala declared the winner. She will represent her returning to the Eurovision Song Contest country with the song “1944” in May in Stockholm. The outcome was a tie between the public and jury voting. Jamala prevailed over Hardkiss due to public voting and she got the ticket to the final.
- 11 points (Jury 5, Public 6) for Jamala – 1944
- 11 points (Jury 6, Public 5) The Hardkiss – Helpless
- 02 points (Jury 1, Public 1) Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Every Monday
- 05 points (Jury 3, Public 2) NuAngels (NeAngely) – Higher
- 05 points (Jury 2, Public 3) Pur:Pur – We Do Change
- 08 points (Jury 4, Public 4) SunSay – Love Manifest
Susana Jamaladinova, better known by her stage name Jamala, is a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar descent. A spinto soprano, she performs music of her own composition on the junction of jazz, soul, world music and rhythm&blues with elements of classical and gospel. The turning point in Jamala’s career path came with her performance at the “New Wave – 2009” International Contest of Young Pop Singers in Jūrmala. The singer was awarded with the grand prize, impressing the jury with her outstanding vocal talent and confident singing manner in a variety of genres. Susanna Jamaladinova was born in Central Asia, namely in Kyrgyzstan, where part of her ancestors had been forcefully resettled to under Stalin. Upon the gaining of independence by Ukraine, her family returned to Crimea. Jamala and her Crimean Tatar father are Muslim, while her mother is Christian of half Armenian ethnicity.
Jamala has been fond of music since her early childhood. She made her first professional recording at the age of 9, singing 12 children and folk Crimean Tatar songs. Graduating from the Music school (piano class) in her hometown Alushta, the singer entered the Simferopol Music College named after Tchaikovsky followed by the graduation from the National Music Academy named after Tchaikovsky (Kiev) as well, majoring in opera singing. Being at the top of the class, Jamala planned to devote herself to the classical music, envisioning her career as a soloist at the famous Milan La Scala Opera. Nevertheless, her true passion for jazz and experiments with soul and oriental music has changed her plans defining the main streams of the future career. During her study in Kyiv, she participate actively in events of the Kyiv’s cultural organization of the Crimean Tatars and sang together with her sister Venera in concerts on occasion of the Crimean holidays: Hıdırlez and Derviza.