The representative of the Crimean Tatars Susana Jamaludinova wrote the song “1944” about the deportation of Crimean Tatars specifically for the qualifying contest “Eurovision 2016” and won the right to represent Ukraine in the European competition. However, the text composition will check the Board, and it is likely that it will be acknowledged too politicized.
We will remind, 32-year-old singer Jamala won the national final of the song contest “Eurovision 2016” with a song “1944” about the deportation of Crimean Tatars under Stalin.
According to the results of the National final Susana Jamaludinova and group The Hardkiss song “Helpless” scored the same number of votes the jury, in which were including Andrei Danilko, Ruslan and Konstantin Meladze. However, the public vote the results count 382 thousand SMS put on the first line of Jamal (6 points).
Jamal was born into a family of Crimean Tatar and Armenian women. A song titled “1944” inspired by her grandmother’s story. She performed in the qualifying round of “Eurovision”.
Experts and politicians immediately spoke about the politicization of the songs that does not conform to the rules of the European competition. So, Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Ruslan Balbec said that “Ukrainian authorities will try to use a song Jamala’s in their political interests, capitalizing on tragedy for the Crimean Tatar people”. According to him, this is done to impose the European audience “artificially created image of the alleged persecution of the Crimean Tatars in the Russian Crimea”.
Music critic Artemy Troitsky said that the song of Ukrainian singer politicized, “and the contest has always been outside politics.” “The song may not prevent organizers of the Eurovision… Eurovision is not about music but rather about the sport, and the sport, as we know, outside of politics”, — quotes its RIA Novosti.
The situation was clarified by the official representative of the Eurovision Paul Jordan. He told the radio station “Moscow speaking” that the lyrics will be presented in the European broadcasting Union. “First we have to check the lyrics of the song, including profanity”, he said. The decision will be made on March 14.
It should be noted that there were cases when representatives of “Eurovision” did not miss the song of the contender, writes the BBC. So, in 1990, one of them was “wrapped” for a song about the unity of Europe. In 2005, the same Ukrainians had to change most of the lyrics of the song “Together we are rich”, devoted to the events of the orange revolution in 2004. In 2009 (after the events of “08.08.08”) to participate prevented the Georgian team with a song in which present phrase is Put In (“to invest” — eng.), which is in tune with the name of the then Prime Minister of Russia.