Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala is to perform at Germany 12 Points, German broadcaster NDR has announced on the eurovision.de website. Jamala will also perform at the final of Selecția Națională 2022 on Saturday. Romania’s public broadcaster TVR confirmed the interval act on their website.
“Fleeing the inferno”
In the post on Facebook, organisers from Romania’s Eurovision page said that Jamala would perform her winning song ‘1944’. Jamala is one of the one million people who were forced to take refuge as a result of the current invasion of Ukraine. As a result of the attack, the EBU chose to remove Russia from the Contest, prompting Russian broadcasters to withdraw from the EBU. Currently, Jamala is on a European tour highlighting the plight of the Ukrainian people, including giving interviews and performing. Jamala has taken refuge in Turkey with her sister after fleeing the war.
The news that Jamala joined the guest line-up for Germany 12 Points comes shortly after the announcement that the night of the German national final will be dedicated to showing solidarity with Ukraine. The NDR says that Jamala will sing ‘1944’ and other songs. Both the Romanian and the German announcement made the link between the lyrics of her song and the current situation in Ukraine.
What we know about Selecția Națională
Romania’s national selection – Selecția Națională – will come to an end on Saturday, March 5th. Ten songs remain in contention to represent the country in Turin. The songs that could represent Romania are:
|Alex Parker & Bastien||“All This Love”|
|Andrei Petruș||“Take Me”|
|Cream, Minodora and Diana Bucșa||“România mea”|
|Gabriel Basco||“One Night”|
|Vanu||“Never Give Up”|
Besides Jamala, the following Eurovision artists have also been announced to perform:
- Ronela Hajati (Albania)
- Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria)
- We Are DOMI (Czechia)
- Stefan (Estonia)
- Zdob și Zdub & Frații Advahov (Moldova)
- Vladana (Montenegro)
- Andrea (North Macedonia)
What we know about Germany 12 Points
“Germany 12 Points” is Germany’s new national final for Eurovision. The contest, set to be held March 4 at 21:00 CET, will be decided through a public vote. The songs in the running to be Germany’s next Eurovision entry are:
|2||Maël & Jonas||“I Swear To God“|
|6||Nico Suave & Team Liebe||“Hallo Welt“|
Nico Suave & Team Liebe have changed the lyrics of their song in response to the war in Ukraine. You can read the new lyrics here. Besides Jamala, Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014), Jane Comerford (Germany 2006 as part of Texas Lightning) and comedians Bülent Ceylan and Thomas Hermanns have also been announced as guest performers.
Jamala at Eurovision
Jamala was Ukraine’s 2016 representative for Eurovision. She competed with the song ‘1944’, which talks about the deportation of Crimean Tatars. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, held in Stockholm, Jamala received 211 points from the judges and 323 points from the public. Her points total of 534 points saw her take the contest back to Kyiv for the second time in Eurovision history. Since then, Jamala has released multiple successful albums and singles and has been a regular guest and judge at Eurovision, Vidbir, and other Eurovision events.
If you wish to read more about the unfolding situation in Ukraine, r/Ukraine has a pinned post with links to information, resources, and places to donate if you wish to do so.
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News Source: NDR, TVR
Photo Source: TVR