Music and applause rang out in Södermalm as Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall lifted the trophy at the annual IES Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.
This year 17 middle schools (grundskolor) from across Sweden took part in the event, which sees students compete by singing in any language other than English or Swedish.
After receiving the trophy and performing her reprise, Céline said: “I did not expect to win at all, I was very surprised and it was really fun performing. I started actually practicing about maybe one month ago. It is a song I have listened to for many years and it was on the top of my head and I really wanted to sing this one, it is really good.”
Ms Shannon Lehnberg, a teacher from Sundsvall who attended the event and supported Céline said: “We are so proud of Céline. Her stage presence and ability to engage the audience while singing in one of her three languages is truly remarkable. She is a true entertainer.”
Ms Nora Kielty, one of the staff from IES Tyresö involved in organising the event, said: "This year IES Tyresö brought the magic of music, language and technology together to showcase the sparkling talent and creative imagination of our young musicians, singers, dancers and presenters. We witnessed the birth of a new star as the winner from IES Sundsvall thrilled her audience amid the energy and enthusiasm that was Eurovision 2018."
Just like the better known Eurovision Song Contest, which will head to Israel next year, the victorious school takes on the role of host for the following year. This means that Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall will host the contest next spring.