Several past Eurovision participants, as well as some who didn’t quite make it to the contest, have been shortlisted to receive a local award at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.
Past Eurovision artists in the running for local awards.
As well as the award show’s main categories, such as Best Song & Best Video, the ceremony honours local acts from each country where MTV is transmitted.
The 2018 representatives for Switzerland, Zibbz, are in the running to receive the award for Best Swiss Act. Joining them from this year’s contest is Benjamin Ingrosso who, along with his cousin Sebastian, is shortlisted for Best Swedish Act. Israel’s golden boy from 2015, Nadav Guedj completes the list of past representatives in the line up, as he hopes to collect Best Israeli Act.
The familiar names do not end here…
Despite not making it to the contest, several national final names have also made the cut.
In the Best Polish Act category, former national final hopeful Margaret is shortlisted. The 27 year old entered the country’s selection in 2016 with Cool Me Down. She reignited her Eurovision dream earlier this year, entering Swedish selection Melodifestivalen with In My Cabana.
Joining Benjamin Ingrosso as a candidate for Best Swedish Act is 2018 Melodifestivalen runner-up Felix Sandman. After almost securing the trophy with Every Single Day, the 19 year old joined Benjamin to perform the track at this year’s London Eurovision Party. In the summer, the pair collaborated on single Tror du att han bryr sig.
Lastly, former A Dal entrant Caramel is hoping to scoop the gong for Best Hungarian Act. He participated in the 2012 edition of the selection with the song Vízió.
The Best Regional Act categories are voted for by the public. Fans are able to vote for an artist only within their own country’s category. This can be done via the MTV EMA website here.
A LOOK BACK: Winning Eurovision acts at the MTV EMAs
From 2007 to 2015, MTV issued a prize for Best European Act. During its time, several Eurovision acts were shortlisted, with some even winning the award itself.
In 2009, Turkey’s maNga won the award and were followed, in 2010, by Italy’s Marco Mengoni. Following her win in Oslo, Lena scooped the 2011 trophy and was succeeded in 2012 by Russia’s Dima Bilan. Marco Mengoni then became the only Eurovision act to win twice, receiving the award a second time in 2015.
When is the 2018 MTV EMAs?
The 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards takes place on 4th November in Bilbao, Spain. As well as the listed Eurovision acts, those nominated for awards include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift & Shawn Mendes.