Over the last few weeks, the voting for the 2009 esctoday.com national final awards took place. Thousands of votes were cast and now it is time to reveal the winners. Today, the recipents of the awards for Best duo/group performance and Best mid tempo song are revealed.
The 2009 esctoday.com National Final Award for BEST DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE goes to…
- …Alcazar for their performance of the song Stay the night in the Swedish national final
Alcazar has been founded in 1999 and the band enjoyed major success in Europe, especially with the song Crying at the discotheque, which samples the 1979 Sheila & the B. Devotion song Spacer and their own song This is the world we live in. With a different line-up, the band had already competed in the Swedish national finals in 2003 (with Not a sinner, nor a saint) and 2005 (with Alcastar) finishing third on both occasions after qualifying through the second chance round. In 2009, the band finished fifth with the current line-up that includes Andreas Lundstedt, Therese Merkel and Lina Hedlund, who also co-wrote the song Stay the night.
This the third time this award goes to Sweden. Previous winners were Swedish BWO in 2007 and 2008 and German group Monrose in 2007. This year, the complete results were as follows:
- Sweden – 46.6%
- Noa & Mira Awad (Israel) – 21.8%
- Melody & Dancers (Spain) – 13.7%
- The Twins (United Kingdom) – 9.9%
- Passionworks feat. Tony Turunen (Finland) – 8.0%
The 2009 esctoday.com National Final Award for BEST MID TEMPO SONG goes to…
- …Butterflies from the Norwegian national final written by David Eriksen, Tone Damli Aaberge and Mats Lie Skåre
In the Norwegian national final, Butterflies was performed by Tone Damli Aaberge, who also co-wrote the lyrics of the song along with Mats Lie Skåre. The music was composed by David Eriksen. The entry eventually finished second in MGP 2009 behind the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winning song Fairytale. The song was also a commercial success reaching number two in the Norwegian single charts and stayed in the top ten for almost three months, which marks the singer's biggest hit so far.
The song (studio version):
This award was given out for the first time and Norway won it ahead of Sweden. The complete results were as follows:
- Norway – 28.4%
- You're my world (Sweden) – 25.1%
- Amante de la luna (Spain) – 16.5%
- Surrender (Finland) – 18.6%
- Juntos vamos conseguir (Yes we can) (Portugal) – 11.4%