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'Whether You Agree or Disagree': Ukraine to Remain Eurovision Winner

© AFP 2021 / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDThe Eurovision Song Contest logo is pictured in central Stockholm, Sweden on May 5, 2016
The Eurovision Song Contest logo is pictured in central Stockholm, Sweden on May 5, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Over 300,000 people signed the petition on Change.org demanding that the European Broadcasting Union and Eurovision Song Contest revise the results of the song contest held in Stockholm on Saturday.

STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — Ukraine's Jamala is and will remain the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, despite over 300,000 people signing an online petition calling for the results to be revised, the European Broadcasting Union said Tuesday.

"Ukraine is, and will remain, the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Whether you agree or disagree, we call upon those who signed this petition to embrace the result, valid in accordance with the rules, and to continue a constructive dialogue about how to further strengthen and improve the Eurovision Song Contest," Eurovision communications manager Paul Jordan said in a statement.

Ukraine's Jamala celebrates with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest final with the song '1944' in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, May 15, 2016. - Sputnik International
Petition to Revise Eurovision 2016 Results Gathers Over 200,000 Signatures
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest saw the most significant changes in the voting system since 1975, with each country now allocating points from two separate streams: a national jury and the general public, who voted by telephone.

People who signed the petition are dissatisfied with the most significant changes in the new voting system. The divide between the televoting and professional jury results caused many to question whether the Eurovision contest is politically biased.

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