Ukraine has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with Australia’s entrant Dami Im coming in a nail-bitingly close second.
Ukrainian singer Jamala performed her winning song “1944” in her native language at the contest’s Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden.
“I know you sang about peace and love, but I really want peace and love,” she told host and previous Eurovision champ Mans Zelmerlow.
— MFA of Ukraine (@MFA_Ukraine) May 14, 2016
— Molkovision (@MolksTVTalk) May 14, 2016
Despite taking an early lead and scoring 511 points, including the fourth highest number of public votes, Queensland sweetheart Dami Im and her standout power ballad “Sound of Silence” were pipped by the Ukraine at the very last minute with their total of 534 points.
The Grand Final is only hours away!!! I couldn't have been here living my DREAMS without the many people behind the scenes working their bums off and I can't find enough words to thank them. No matter what happens tonight I'll do it for the people around me, for the music lovers, and for Australia. Love you all and be watching!! 😍 @eurovision #sbseurovision #damiarmy #australia
Justin Timberlake also took the stage in the interval as the votes were flowing in to perform two of his hits, “Rock Your Body” and new single “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.
This year’s Eurovision used a new voting system, which saw half of the points awarded by juries from each participating country and the other half come from the public’s telephone voting.
SBS screened the Eurovision final live on Sunday morning, and will repeat it at 7:30pm.
Watch the delivery of the nation-by-nation jury votes and the public phone votes in full below: