Sometimes as a journalist in the world of Eurovision, you get invited to take part in events outside of the press bubble. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in one such occasion.
Ben Robertson from the ESC Insight team, is a teacher here in Stockholm at one of the International English Schools in Sweden. Each year, the IES hold their own version of Eurovision between all their schools. Each IES hold their own qualifying competition with their senior pupils to pick an act for the overall competition. The senior pupils have to do this by performing in a foreign language – anything other than English.
Yesterday, I was invited to be part of the jury for Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen 2016 (the junior version). The jury consisted of two School Council members, two teachers and two Eurovision Experts – both myself (representing Eurovision Ireland) and Alison Wren (also of ESC Insight). Our job was to choose a winner to take part as the Interval Act in the senior competition next month. It’s only the winner of the senior competition that gets to go on and represent their school at national level.
There were eight acts taking part in yesterday’s show. These were selected from 25 acts that had auditioned. Each jury member gave their favourite act 12 points, followed by 10,8, 6, 4, 2 and 1. The least favourite act of each jury member received nul points. When marking the children, we had to consider three criteria:
- Pronunciation of the English Language
- Musical ability demonstrated
- Performance on stage
The jury votes were combined, instead of been individually read out. Third, Second and First place were announced at the end. The eight acts could choose any song to perform – as long as it was in English. Only one act performed a Eurovision entry – Guy Sebastian’s Tonight Again. This happened to be the winning entry of the afternoon. Well done to the ‘DreamQueens’.
This is the first school year for IES Kista as a brand new school. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves – those taking part as acts, as backstage workers or those sitting audience. Yesterday will have inspired the children to participate for many more years to come. On a personal level, I never expected to enter into such a fresh and fun educational environment – it really did make me feel like going Back to School!
It is IMPORTANT to remember, that due to the nature of the event with children involved, I was unable to provide Snapchat or photographic coverage of this specific event. Approved photographic coverage taken by the school itself, will appear HERE on the IES Kista website shortly.
Day 4 coverage of this afternoon’s dress rehearsal before this evening’s big finale will begin in a couple of hours time.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland