Eurovision 2016 backlash for winner Jamala after NOT being disqualified despite old video of song emerging


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Ukrainian singer Jamala will remain the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer – who narrowly beat Australia to take the title last weekend with her song 1944 – will not be disqualified from entry, despite a video showing her performing the song in 2013, emerging, Eurovision bosses have announced.

In a statement, the governing body said: “The Eurovision Song Contest rule (1.2.1a) which states that entries must not have been commercially released before September 1 exists to make sure that the Contest can welcome new compositions each year, and that every song can compete on a level playing field.

Eurovision 2016 backlash for winner Jamala after NOT being disqualified despite old video of song emerging

“The purpose of the rule is to prevent wide distribution of any song that might give it an unfair advantage in the competition the following May.

“In the past, songs that had been publicly available before the deadline, but had not been accessible by a wide audience, had been granted permission to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest by the Reference Group.

“In the case of Jamala’s 1944 the EBU’s attention has been drawn, after the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, to a public performance of an earlier version of the song in May 2015.

“The video of a small concert had only been viewed by a few hundred people before it was discovered in the past few days.

Eurovision 2016 backlash for winner Jamala after NOT being disqualified despite old video of song emerging

“The EBU, based on previous decisions in the Reference Group, therefore has concluded that the published video did not give Jamala’s song any unfair advantage in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and the song was eligible to compete.”

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