Winners Of The Decade! – Ukraine 2016

Photo By: EBU

On this new series of weekly posts, we remind you of the winners of the past decade! Can you believe it that another Eurovision decade has passed? The 10 songs that got the gold for their countries will be presented in random order!

In this decade we saw, of course, ten winners. From that number Sweden won two times. Azerbaijan and Portugal won for their first time and Germany and Austria for second time. The Netherlands won for the fifth time after 44 years! Moreover, Ukraine, Denmark and Israel mark their 2nd, 3rd and 4th win respectively. 

Ukraine in ESC

Ukraine debuted at the contest in 2003 with the song “Hasta La Vista” by Oleksandr Ponomariov. His entry finished 14th with 30 points. A year later, at its second participation, the country won with Ruslana and “Wild Dances” with a total 280 points.

From 2003, until today Ukraine has participated a total of fifteen times, missing the 2015 and 2019 events (for more information about the Ukrainian Scandal at the 2019 Eurovision here). All the fifteen times they had been present at the final. The country has won on two occasions in 2004 and 2016

Through its short Eurovision history, it has achieved the Top-5 six times, one time the 7th place and one time10th. Only six times, the country finished out of the Top-10. Their worst result came in 2017, finishing 24th.

Ukraine in 2016

In 2016, the contest was held on Stockholm, Sweden, after its last year’s win. Ukraine chose its representative for the contest through a national final, Vidbir. The winner of the national final was Jamala and her song was “1944”.

The song was composed by Jamala herself and was a mixture of English and Crimean Tatar. The song came second in the semi beaten by Australia, but on the night of the final achieved the first place with 534 points.


Jamala was born on 27th of September 1983, in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Her birth name is Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova and she is of Ukrainian origin. Her Eurovision entry was disputed due to its political message, but that didn’t stop it from winning.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Ukraine? Let us know in the comment box below.

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