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Eurovision 2016 winner: Ukraine's Jamala

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The Eurovision Song Contest crowned its 2016 winner Saturday, awarding Ukraine’s Jamala the top prize for the song “1944.”

Jamala narrowly defeated Australia’s Dami Im, a jury favorite, by besting the singer in the public vote.

Here’s how it works: Each participating country hosts its own semi-finals, with their winner moving on to the big show. European viewers vote, American Idol-style (an estimated 180 million people tune in each year), as well as a jury from each country. The contest’s biggest winners include ABBA, Céline Dion, and Julio Iglesias.

Forty-two countries competed in the annual competition, which started in 1956 and was held this year in Stockholm, Sweden — home country to last year’s winner, Måns Zelmerlöw.

Justin Timberlake appeared and performed on this year’s broadcast, the first time in its history it has been available for American audiences to watch. Cable network Logo aired the show, complete with live color commentary from Carson Kressley and Michelle Collins. (Because of clearance issues, American’s couldn’t watch Timberlake’s performance, but someone in the live audience recorded it here.)

The event captivated social media Saturday, becoming the top trending item on Twitter with, at one point, nearly 4.5 million mentions.

Watch Jamala’s winning performance above.

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