It was a great night for Eurovision and National Final stars as they swept the regional awards, winning the coveted prize and being named the best act from their country.
Italian singer-songwriter Mahmood, who won the prestigious Sanremo festival earlier this year and went on to place second at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his track ‘Soldi’, was named the winner of ‘Best Italian Act’, beating 2017 Sanremo participant Elodie among the other nominees.
Meanwhile 2018 Junior Eurovision winner Roksana Węgiel, who now performs under the name Roxie, was crowned the ‘Best Polish Act’ at the age of 14! Despite the controversies that surrounded 2019’s Ukrainian selection show Vidbir which lead to Ukraine withdrawing from this years Eurovision Song Contest, winner Maruv wowed audiences with ‘Siren Song’. Perhaps controversially, tonight she was chosen as the winner of the ‘Best Russian Act’ award.
Some familiar faces from National Finals also took home some of the top prizes, with Portugal’s 2017 artist Fernando Daniel winning ‘Best Portuguese Act’, Hungary’s A Dal three-time superfinalist Viktor Kiraly beat 2014 Hungarian representative András Kállay-Saunders to ‘Best Hungarian Act’ and Lola Indigo – who competed in 2017’s Operación Triunfo – also walked away with the ‘Best Spanish Act’ accolade.
Despite not winning, Sweden’s Melodifestivalen veteran Molly Sandén was also among the nominations for ‘Best Swedish Act’ which was eventually won by the late Avicii.
This continues a recurring trend of Eurovision stars being successful at the awards show, with Margaret and Annalisa winning the regional prizes last year and Amir, Loïc Nottet and Ermal Meta all taking home trophies in 2017.