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Video - Ukraine claim dramatic victory in Eurovision Song contest

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Eurovision won by Ukraine entry from Jamala
Eurovision won by Ukraine entry from Jamala

Ukraine claimed a dramatic victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, after a change to the voting system produced a thrilling finale in Stockholm.

Australia appeared to have an unstoppable lead after the regional jury votes were added up, but the public vote then swung the result in Ukraine's favour at the last.

Emotional Ukrainian entrant Jamala (below) - real name Susana Jamaladinova - claimed victory and produced an emotional performance of her winning song 1994, a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 and particularly about her great-grandmother, who lost her daughter while being deported to central Asia.

Dami Im (below) appeared to be on course for a first win for Australia, but she was denied by a twist in the voting at the last.

Ireland's entry from Nicky Byrne failed to make it through to the grand finale of Eurovision 2016, with the UK entry from Joe and Jake finishing in a lowly 24th position.

As ever, Eurovision was a mix of the wild and the crazy, with the half-time show a tribute to the more curious aspects of the contest. This was certainly not quite as classy as the famous Riverdance interval act back in 1994.