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Eurovision 2016 winner revealed

ABC News logo ABC News 14/05/2016

Ukraine's Jamala has taken out the Eurovision title with a stirring performance dedicated to the people of Crimea.

Australia came second in the competition with Dami Im's Sound of Silence.

Ukraine scored 534 points with its song 1944, followed by Australia on 511 points and Russia, who finished third, on 491 points.

Jamala is from the Muslim Tatar minority in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Jamala representing Ukraine celebrates with the trophy after winning Eurovision. © AFP Jamala representing Ukraine celebrates with the trophy after winning Eurovision. She spoke to news agency AFP ahead of the contest and told them she wanted to make her song "about my great-grandmother Nazalkhan and thousands of Crimean Tatars who never had a chance to return to Crimea again.

"That year changed their lives forever."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed Jamala's "unbelievable" victory at Eurovision on Twitter.

"Yes!!!" Mr Poroshenko tweeted.

"An unbelievable performance and victory! All of Ukraine gives you its heartfelt thanks, Jamala."

This year the contest featured a new format from the European Broadcasting Union, which separated the jury and the televote.

Dami Im and her team cheer in the Green Room. © TT News Agency/Maja Suslin via Reuters Dami Im and her team cheer in the Green Room. Dami Im, 27, topped the jury vote but came second once the viewers' votes were counted.

Ukraine also beat semi-finalists from Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and hosts Sweden.

The competition was watched by tens of millions of people around the world.

Scoreboard:

1) Ukraine - 534

2) Australia - 511

3) Russia - 491

4) Bulgaria - 307

5) Sweden - 261

6) France - 257

7) Armenia - 249

8) Poland - 229

9) Lithuania - 200

10) Belgium - 181

11) The Netherlands - 153

12) Malta - 153

13) Austria - 151

14) Israel - 135

15) Latvia - 132

16) Italy - 124

17) Azerbaijan - 117

18) Serbia - 115

19) Hungary - 108

20) Georgia - 104

21) Cyprus - 96

22) Spain - 77

23) Croatia - 73

24) United Kingdom - 62

25) Czech republic - 41

26) Germany - 11

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