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Ukrainian singer wins Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Also Justin Timberlake's performance, Graham Norton's comments and more highlights

By Shantila Lee | Published: 16 May 2016

Eurovision 2016
Photo: eurovision/Instagram

Jamala of Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Stockholm, Sweden, beating out contestants from 25 other countries around Europe. Her politically-charged song was about Stalin's forced deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1994 that also affected her family, causing tensions with neighbouring Russia.

Ultimately Jamala triumphed, beating contest favourite Russia's Sergey Lazarev for the title. Australia, represented by a very Disney princess-esque Dami Im, took second, Russia in third, Bulgaria fourth and Sweden fifth. Some standout performances from the night includes Sergey's rendition of You Are the Only One with huge black wings behind him and Brit duo Joe and Jake's Coldplay-esque delivery.

Other highlights from the night includes Justin Timberlake busting out on stage singing Can't Stop the Feeling and later congratulating Jamala on Twitter. Graham Norton guided UK viewers through the grand final, toasting his predecessor Terry Wogan and delivering lines like "‘That number of fireworks with that amount of hairspray? Never a good idea", in response to Justin Timberlake's performance, "A lot of people are asking how to vote for the American entrant…", and when Jamala stumbled on her way to the stage to perform again, Graham killed it: "To win and then break your leg – that would be unfortunate."

Another reason to watch it: we saw loads of hot contestants this year. In no particular order of hotness, Lithuania's Donny Montell, Douwe Bob from the Netherlands looking like a young Johnny Cash (below, centre), France's Amir, Freddie from Hungary (below, left) and Latvia's Justs Sirmais (below, right) is heartthrob du jour.

Photos: freddie music official, douwebob and justs_sirmais/Instagram

Watch the entire contest below. 

Related: Highlights at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards
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