Does Rumpelstiltskin occupy the headquarters of Sweden’s SVT? We ask because everything they touch seems to turn to gold.
And on Tuesday evening the broadcaster proved the point yet again, as its production of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 won the prestigious Rose D’Or Award in the TV Entertainment category, beating out Adele at the BBC (United Kingdom) and Mordkomission Berlin (Germany).
This year more than 130 broadcasters in 33 countries submitted a total of 400 programs to the awards, which, in the words of the Rose d’Or organisers, “define the gold standard of excellence and achievement in Entertainment programming.”
Eurovision previously won the Live Event category in 2011, when Germany’s NDR had us “feeling our heart beat” in Düsseldorf.
Winning the Rose d’Or gave Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, major feels.
We are standing here among the winners from all of Europe and John Cleese, winner of Award for Lifetime Achievement, and we just won the Rose D’Or, the most honourable television prize in Europe. It’s magical. This prize belongs to everyone who worked with the production and made Sweden and SVT world-leading producers of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Congratulations to Sweden's @svt and their entire #Eurovision team for winning Best Entertainment Programme of the Year at the prestigious Rose d'Or Awards. @edwardafsillen, @manszelmerlow, Christer and co. understand QUALITY! #repost @edwardafsillen . . . Wow! Our Eurovision Song Contest 2016 just won the prestigious Rose D'Or Award for best TV Entertainment of the year! Happy and humbled! Thank you! ???? #Eurovision #Rosedor #eurovision2016
While collecting the award on behalf of SVT, Eurovision 2015 winner and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw shouted out to hundreds of unsung heroes who did everything from writing scripts and hanging rigging equipment to sourcing hoverboards and sewing costumes.
As he knows, it takes a village. He said:
Thanks to the 750 people who worked day and night for months to make the best Eurovision ever”. He also thanked his co-host Petra Mede and Edward af Sillén who wrote the script for the show.
The victory comes just weeks after Sweden’s SVT won the Kristallen — essentially Sweden’s Emmy Awards — in the Entertainment Programme category, seeing off stiff competition from the celebrity dancing show Let’s Dance and the popular music show Så mycket bättre, among others.
Co-writer Edward af Sillén accepted the crystal shard in honour of the Eurovision team’s huge achievement.
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 posted a pic to social media of Christer Björkman posing with the hilarious omission. He 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!”
Thankfully tonight’s win at the Rose d’Or gives him even more reason to laugh and celebrate. Edward slays!