Eurovision Trophy Goes to Internationella Engelska Skolan GävleFriday, April 27, 2012 - 5:38pm
A total of 18 acts from around Sweden faced the music for the ever-popular Modern Languages Eurovision Song Contest.
The annual event sees students from Internationella Engelska Skolan’s schools throughout the country compete by singing in French, German or Spanish.
Acts are judged not only on how well they handle the language, but also on their stage performance and musical ability.
Following their victory last year, Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna had the honour of hosting the contest this year. The school organised a dazzling and professional competition at Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna.
A packed house watched as the 18 acts performed, each hoping to win.
After a tough deliberation the jury picked Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle’s entry of Alors On Danse, in French, as the overall winner.
Singer Colin Eriksson, who performed alongside Hannes Gidlöf and Felix Kostenius, was delighted with the result.
He said: “It feels great. We have been planning a lot for the competition, so it was very good to win.
“We were here in Eskilstuna two years ago for Eurovision, and that time we came fourth. But that wasn’t good enough so we decided to come back this year.
“We chose Alors On Danse because it was a popular song two years ago, even in Sweden, so we thought it could help us win.”
The silver prize went to Seung Jin Lee from 8D at the host school, Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna. He sang Fuego Contra Fuego in Spanish while accompanying himself on the keyboard.
He said: “I was pleased to win second place, but I want to enter next year again. Being on stage was really good for me. I think that my teachers want me to enter again too.”
Rebeca Nilsson, from 7B at Internationella Engelska Skolan Täby took third place when she sang Dime in Spanish, backed up by dancers from her school.
She said:“It was really fun because there was a lot of competition and you couldn’t tell who was going to win. I liked meeting other people from other schools too.
“It was my mum who picked the song when I told her I was going to be in the Eurovision Song contest. Mum started to search for songs in Spanish and she found this one which was good for me.”
Next year’s event in Gävle will mark the tenth anniversary of the popular annual competition.
See how Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle reported the win on their own website, with a fantastic studio video of the winning act.