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Eurovision winner's parents respond to controversy

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 01:28

Jamala's parents say they're upset with Crimea residents' negative reaction to their daughter's Eurovision song about the Crimean Tatars deportation. Sara Hemrajani reports.

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She won Eurovision for Ukraine -- But Jamala's win with a song about the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet forces has proven controversial. Ukraine's geopolitical rival Russia came in second and some Russian politicians said the music competition was hijacked by politics. Jamala's parents, however, don't understand the fuss. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) JAMALA'S MOTHER GALINA, SAYING: "All of them didn't like the title: 'Why did she call it (the song) '1944'?' Why 1944? They all reacted like they took part in 1944 deportation. I cannot understand why they are against this song. I have no idea why." Some Russian media also blamed the voting system for denying victory to Sergey Lazarev. The final vote went right down to the wire, but it seems Jamala's parents were never in doubt she'd win. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) JAMALA'S MOTHER, GALINA, AND FATHER, ALIM, SAYING: ALIM: "We knew all long, until the very last moment that she will get the first prize." GALINA: "Yes, I wasn't even worried. I saw these numbers (points) jumping 2, then 3, then 2." ALIM: "The tables." GALINA: "I was sitting (watching the contest) and I don't know what was happening to me - for some reason I was sure she would get the first place." Controversy aside the next Eurovision contest will be hosted by Ukraine in 2017.

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Eurovision winner's parents respond to controversy

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 01:28