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Eurovision and national final stars win big at this weekend’s MTV EMAs

Mahmood, MARUV, Roxie and Victor Kiral join Halsey, Billie Eilish and BTS on the winners list

On Sunday, The MTV Europe Music Awards 2019 were hosted in Seville, Spain. Although the list of winners, as expected, comprises of stars like Halsey, BTS and Billie Eilish (none of whom are Europeans). However, joining them were some familiar faces…

Eurofans rejoice! At this weekend’s MTV Europe Music Awards, a number of acts from the Eurovision world (national finals included) got some deserved international recognition.

Mahmood wins Best Italian Act

Yet another massive career achievement for Mahmood in 2019! This year alone, he has:

I’ve had a pretty good 2019, but I certainly can’t compete with that! We recently caught up with the man himself during his European tour, asking him about his success and future ambitions…

MARUV wins…Best Russian Act

Just when you thought the drama with MARUV and #VidbirGate…BANG!

A very uncomfortable award win…accepted in a very uncomfortable dress (I assume). Regardless, we love the trans-national nature of music, especially in Eurovision realm.

Even though MARUV notoriously didn’t make it to Eurovision itself, she still rightfully won Vidbir 2019. Despite the controversy, she has continued to flourish and grow. Rather than a political symbol, let this award stand as a prize for MARUV’s talent, hard work and perseverance.

Roksana Węgiel (Roxie) wins Best Polish Act

Another Eurovision star who has had a busy year has been Roksana Węgiel. Since winning Junior Eurovision 2018, the young star has released her debut album and a new single. Despite being 14(!!!) years old, she now has another big trophy for her [parents’] mantelpiece.

Later this month, Roxie will be hosting the 2019 Junior Eurovision Contest in Gliwice, Poland alongside Ida Nowakowska and Aleksander Sikora.

Victor Kiral wins Best Hungarian act

Speaking of artists who didn’t quite make it to Eurovision, Sunday was also a great night for Hungary’s Victor Kiral. Victor had previously taken part in the 2012, 2014 and 2018 editions of A Dal.

This is timely considering the recent news regarding A Dal. Recently, the rules for A Dal 2020 revealed that it would no longer be used as Hungary’s method of selecting their forthcoming Eurovision entry. Local media reports that there seems to be no secondary plan in place and that Hungary will not be present in Rotterdam next May.

You can see the FULL list of winners here.

Congratulations to ALL winners! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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