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Ukraine: Jamala returns to Kiev with hero's welcome02:22

Ukraine: Jamala returns to Kiev with hero's welcome

Ukraine, Kiev
May 15, 2016 at 20:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of fans welcomed the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Jamala back to her home country, in Kiev's Borispil airport, Sunday.

Shortly after landing Jamala was greeted and congratulated by the director of Ukrainian National TV, and fans waited inside the airport terminal to catch a glimpse of their star. They were seen waving Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags; some were wearing traditional dress as well.

Jamala became the first Crimean Tatar and second Ukrainian ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest, after receiving 534 points in the Stockholm's final, beating the second placed Australia by 23 points.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been shown across Europe since 1956, throughout which, hundreds of songs, costumes and elaborate stage performances have stuck in the memory of many Europeans.

2016 marks the first year that the ESC final has been shown live in the USA, making it possible for approximately 50 million Americans to watch.

Ukraine: Jamala returns to Kiev with hero's welcome02:22
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Thousands of fans welcomed the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Jamala back to her home country, in Kiev's Borispil airport, Sunday.

Shortly after landing Jamala was greeted and congratulated by the director of Ukrainian National TV, and fans waited inside the airport terminal to catch a glimpse of their star. They were seen waving Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags; some were wearing traditional dress as well.

Jamala became the first Crimean Tatar and second Ukrainian ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest, after receiving 534 points in the Stockholm's final, beating the second placed Australia by 23 points.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been shown across Europe since 1956, throughout which, hundreds of songs, costumes and elaborate stage performances have stuck in the memory of many Europeans.

2016 marks the first year that the ESC final has been shown live in the USA, making it possible for approximately 50 million Americans to watch.

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