The champagne was flowing in Stockholm last night when it was announced that Swedish broadcaster SVT’s broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 had won Sweden’s prestigious Kristallen television award for Entertainment Programme of the Year.
The show was SVT’s nomination in the Entertainment Programme category, facing stiff competition from the celebrity dancing show Let’s Dance and the popular music show Så mycket bättre, among others. But in the end, it was Eurovision 2016 that took the award, with show producer and co-writer Edward af Sillén accepting the crystal shard in honour of the Eurovision team’s huge achievement.
Tonight we won a Swedish Emmy Award (Kristallen) for Best Tv Show Entertainment, for Eurovision 2016! Proud & happy! pic.twitter.com/GWzRgbfp1A
— Edward af Sillén (@EdwardafSillen) September 4, 2016
But there’d been a worrying start to the evening when the nominees opened the official programme and discovered they’d been left off the list.
Edward af Sillén posted a pic to social media of Christer Björkman posing with the hilarious omission. Edward joked, “Good start, Kristallen – we arrive at the gala, look in the program, and see that you simply deleted us from our category! Now we feel extra welcome!”
However, SVT’s two other Eurovision nominees didn’t fare so well. Måns Zelmerlöw had been nominated for Male Presenter of the Year for his role hosting Eurovision, and Gina Dirawi had been nominated for Female Presenter of the Year for her work hosting Melodifestivalen 2016 and Studio Eurovision.
Those two awards were determined by audience vote, and neither Måns nor Gina gained enough votes to win. But the overall win of Eurovision 2016 no doubts reflects well on both of them.
SVT’s Eurovision hosting had also been nominated for Kristallen in 2013, where it lost out to Så mycket bättre.
Eurovision 2016 has also been nominated for the international Rose d’Or award, due to be announced in Germany next Tuesday.