Jamala's Eurovision performance hit bum note after streaker flashed

Tomas Mccoy
May 15, 2017

Ukraine earned the right to host the 2017 Eurovision contest after Jamala, a Crimean Tatar performer, won last year's contest in Sweden with a song about the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

SBS Europe Correspondent Brett Mason can confirm the streaker is not Australian, he is Ukrainian Vitalii Sediuk.

He was wrestled off the stage by a security guard as the singer continued to perform.


The incident was beamed to an audience of millions around the world and widely shared on social media during Saturday's show, which took place in Kiev. The minister added that Sedyuk had been placed in custody for 72 hours, and that he faced "hooliganism" charges punishable by up to five years in prison.

"During the performance of our Jamala, according to his own words, he chose to realise his hobby as he "unofficially works as a provocative journalist", Mr Avakov said. That might seem like a laugh, but Sedluk was also charged with assault when he tried to bury his face in Brad Pitt's groin at a premiere in 2014.

I think we all owe Australia a gargantuan apology after last night's Eurovision Song Contest.

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