Europe’s attention may have been on Ell & Nikki during Saturday night’s press conference, but three other acts had reason to celebrate, too. France’s Amaury Vassili, Ireland’s Jedward and Finland’s Paradise Oskar each walked away with a prestigious Marcel Bezencon awards for their entry.
Started ten years ago by Christer Bjorkman, the head of the Swedish delegation, the awards honour the memory of the contest’s founder. Below are the awards and their winners at Eurovision 2011.
1. The Press Award, given to the best entry as judged by accredited press and media.
Winner: Finland’s Paradise Oskar with ‘Da Da Dam.’
2. The Artistic Award, presented to the best artists, as judged by commentators.
Winner: Ireland’s Jedward with ‘Lipstick’
3. Composer Award, given to the most original composition, as judged by the other songs’ composers.
Winner: France’s Daniel Moyne, Quentin Bachelet, Jean-Pierre Marcellessi, and Julie MIller for ‘Sognu’
You can watch footage of these acts receiving their awards here.
The awards are also given out during Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, with this year’s award winners as follows:
1. Press Award — Eric Saade with ‘Popular’
2. Artistic Award: Danny Saucedo with ‘In the Club’
3. Composer Award: Nicke Borg with ‘Leaving Home’