A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.
The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.
This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.
Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.
"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”
Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.
She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.
"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."
Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”
Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.
This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .
The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.
Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.
He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."