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Sundsvall Sings to Victory

Sundsvall Sings to Victory

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Music and applause rang out in Södermalm as Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall lifted the trophy at the annual IES Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

This year 17 middle schools (grundskolor) from across Sweden took part in the event, which sees students compete by singing in any language other than English or Swedish.

The winner was Céline Gilbert (shown in picture and video above) of class 8B at IES Sundsvall who sang Je Suis Malade, a song first released in 1973 by Serge Lama.

After receiving the trophy and performing her reprise, Céline said:  “I did not expect to win at all, I was very surprised and it was really fun performing. I started actually practicing about maybe one month ago.  It is a song I have listened to for many years and it was on the top of my head and I really wanted to sing this one, it is really good.”

Ms Shannon Lehnberg, a teacher from Sundsvall who attended the event and supported Céline said:  “We are so proud of Céline. Her stage presence and ability to engage the audience while singing in one of her three languages is truly remarkable. She is a true entertainer.”

Silver: The Solén sisters, representing IES Lund

The second place was taken by two sisters from IES Lund, Klara and Tyra Solén, who sang a French version of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, while playing piano and violin.

In third place were two students from IES Nacka, Lisa Enerdal and Emelie Harris of 9A, who sang Luis Fonsi’s song Un Mondo Contigo.

Bronze: Lisa Enerdal and Emelie Harris of IES Nacka

Ms Nora Kielty, one of the staff from IES Tyresö involved in organising the event, said: "This year IES Tyresö brought the magic of music, language and technology together to showcase the sparkling talent and creative imagination of our young musicians, singers, dancers and presenters. We witnessed the birth of a new star as the winner from IES Sundsvall thrilled her audience amid the energy and enthusiasm that was Eurovision 2018."

Other performers at the event came from the IES schools Huddinge, Kista, Bromma, Årsta, Liljeholmen, Täby, Enskede, Tyresö, Eskilstuna, Hässelby, Jonköping, ÖrebroFalun and Gävle.

Just like the better known Eurovision Song Contest, which will head to Israel next year, the victorious school takes on the role of host for the following year. This means that Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall will host the contest next spring.