Israeli grand slam in the Marcel Bezençon Awards

Israeli grand slam in the Marcel Bezençon Awards
Harel Skaat and his team followed the second part of Saturday's show from the greenroom. Photo: Giel Domen (EBU)
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Israel's Harel Skaat was counted as one of the candidates for winning the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, he had to settle with a 14th place. But Harel got his revenge in the Marcel Bezençon Awards. In the vote of the journalists, composers and commentators, he won all three categories.

For the first time ever, one entry has won all the categories in the Marcel Bezençon Awards. The awards consists of a vote in three categories: the journalists', the composers' and the commentators' award. The commentators reward the best artistic achievement of the contest, while the composers vote for the best song.

In Oslo, the awards were presented in a ceremony backstage, hosted by Christer Björkman, founder of the Marcel Bezençon Awards together with Richard Herrey. When Harel Skaat and the Israeli team was announced for the second time, they already broke a record. Never before has an entry won more than one category in the awards. But that wasn't enough – Israel won the third category as well, setting an outstanding record for the awards.

“Winning these awards is really important for me,” Harel Skaat commented to after the show.

A virtue of the prize

In the Eurovision Song Contest Final on Saturday night, Harel Skaat and his song Milim reached the 14th place. The awards given to the Israeli entry show a virtue of the prize, according to Christer Björkman.

“I definitely think that this shows that this award has a function. It reveals something that didn't come across in the vote of the contest. Perhaps this speaks for that Israel had a lot of votes from the jury groups across Europe. This song is very beautiful, and we've been here in two weeks now, but it might be that this song doesn't reach out in the same way the first time you hear it,” Björkman reflects.

A new category for 2010 was the commentator's vote. Previously, this category was awarded by the former winners, but logistical problems has made the organisers change the basis of the vote. It has been too difficult to get hold of past winners, and some of them don't watch the contest. On the other hand, the commentators follow the rehearsals intensely and are regarded as a more reliable group for the voting.

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn. The awards are named after the creator of the contest, Marcel Bezençon. See the video of the event below.

The 2010 Marcel Bezençon Awards

Press Award – Given to the best entry as voted on by the accredited media and press during the Eurovision Song Contest: Israel, Harel Skaat – Milim.
Artistic Award – Presented to the best artist as voted on by the commentators: Israel, Harel Skaat – Milim.
Composer Award – The best and most original composition as voted on by the participating composers: Israel, Harel Skaat – Milim. Composer: Tomer Adaddi. Lyrics: Noam Horev.

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  • Posted on 26 June 2010 at 09:57
    we love you harel !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 June 2010 at 01:37
    I voted for ISRAEL too!! Thank you Israel for Harel and MILIM!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 June 2010 at 00:15
    I am really happy for Harel! At the end he got what he deserved! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 June 2010 at 00:14
    Congrats Harel! Israel deserved these 3 prizes. It was EXCELLENT. Greetings from Germany report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 June 2010 at 16:10
    In my opinion, this was the best of this year's (all-too-numerous) ballads, and it's a real shame that it only got 14th place in the ESC. It's good to hear that the song has now gotten the recognition it deserves! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 June 2010 at 23:28
    He is cool=)))
    I voted for him! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 June 2010 at 17:52
    Well, Harel is a great singer, and Milim a very good song. He was one of the favourites to win this ESC, but the nerves made him a bad past. Well, I love this song and Harel. Congratulations for this wonderful singer, Israel. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 21:35
    good singer, majestic award, what else? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 19:01
    At least some people who understand music recognized the best song.Harel was soooo god, no offense, but way too good for this kind of festival! I'm so disappointed that year after year Europe chooses some trivial dance summer-hit-kind of song. I refuse to believe that Europeans have such a bad taste for music,so I will blame all on voting,which is,by the way, ridiculous! Something must be done about "I vote for my neighbors" system,otherwise, it's all about politics. Asfor me Harel is the winner.Lots of love from Montenegro report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 18:23
    It just shows that everything is politics in this competition, Harel was the best!
    It's just a shame that most countries voted by political outlook
    Rather than the quality of song and performance!
    All Europe should be ashamed that Harel was not even in the top five, be ashamed of the hypocrisy and judgments expressed against Israel in the Eurovision! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 10:57
    This is our Harel.
    Were so proud!
    But for us, he is the winner of the eurovision 2010 too ♥ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 09:50
    DANA INTERNATIONAL forever!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 05:45
    I was surprised this song didn't do better, honestly, but also thought it was not his best performance in the Grand Final. Kind of wasted the potential of his excellent voice... maybe he was very nervous, I don't know report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 03:22
    Apricot stone's composer Armen Martirosyan was the best this year. Milim was one of the best. Also ireland and Iceland, Norway and Estonia, Portugal and Croatia presented great songs. And why not. France! The worst songs were Drip Drop, We can be the same, Satellite. Danish song (ABBA plagiat) Opa and the Ove je Baklan report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 June 2010 at 01:44
    Well done Harel, such a beautiful song, sung by such a charming young man with a bright future ahead of him, I just wish I understood Hebrew! Absolutely the most beautifully written song in the competition, also my love goes out to Portugal's entry, a deeply emotional performance, but sadly, it just didnt quite get the votes , all my love, from australia, peter x x report to the moderator