Israel Drops Behind Top Ten in Eurovision Song Contest

Ukraine takes first place, but Hovi Star can take comfort in the deux points he got from Germany.

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Hovi Star's 'Made of Stars' at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest finals.

Ukraine won the final round of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, while Israel was ranked at the 14th place.

Israel's entrant Hovi Star won the support only of Germany, which gave him its 12 points.

For the very first time, the contest final was broadcast live in the U.S., after an agreement was reached between the European Broadcasting Union and Logo, a cable network that is part of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group.

Israel’s entry was written by Doron Medalie. Medalie is at the contest for the second year in a row, after his song “Golden Boy” finished ninth last year. 

Ukraine's Jamala, '1944' at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest finals.

Ukraine's Jamala struck a surprise gold with her "1944" song featuring lyrics about deportations by the Soviet Union in what could be one of the most controversial winners in the competition's history. 

The 32-year-old Jamala sung about strangers coming to "kill you all", saying "we're not guilty" - in reference to the deportation of ethnic Tatars from Crimea by Josef Stalin during World War 2. 

Jamala, herself a Tatar, stood alone on the Stockholm stage singing "you think you are gods" against a blood-red backdrop. Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to Central Asia en masse, accusing them of sympathizing with Nazi Germany, and many died on the way or in exile. 

While the public voting has long been tainted by political affiliations among competitor countries, songs are not allowed to be political but Jamala's entry seemed to come close to breaking that rule. 

Event organizer, the European Broadcasting Union, had said Ukraine's offering did not contain political speech. 

Russia came in number three with Australia which attended the competition for the second time after an invitation from organizers taking the number two spot. 

Bookies had tipped Russia as winner followed by Australia and Ukraine tipped number three. 

As late as last year, Ukraine decided not to take part in Eurovision with war ravaging the country. 

The winning song led reporters and online commentators to draw parallels with Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. 

Tatars, a Muslim people from the Black Sea peninsula, opposed the annexation, which followed the overthrow of a Moscow-backed president in Kiev. 

Inside the stadium on Saturday, the world's biggest international music show took place with the audience dancing and partying. 

But the hosts of the contests, last year's winner Mans Zelmerlow and comedian Petra Mede struck a serious cord already in the beginning of the final. 

"This competition was created in 1956 to unify a continent torn apart by war, and right now Europe is once again facing darker times. That reminds us just how important this evening actually is," Zelmerlow said. And Mede filled in: 

"Because tonight, we set aside any differences we might have, and unite through our love for music," she said. 

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