Nominees for Swedish TV awards announced
The nominees for this year's Swedish TV awards, Kristallen, were announced Wednesday morning. Popular shows such as the eighties AIDS drama "Torkar aldrig tårar utan handskar", "Solsidan" and "Så mycket bättre" all have a chance to win one of the prizes.
There are a total of 15 categories, with a total of 54 programmes and 12 presenters fighting it out for a gong. Many of the shows are based on a foreign format, including the Swedish versions of "Project Runway", "The Office", "Come Dine With Me", "Masterchef" and "The Great British Bake-Off", but there are some home-grown shows up for the awards.
Swedish Television's "Historieätarna", based on the BBC's "The Supersizers goes...", is nominated in two categories, Best Programme and Best Lifestyle Programme. Presenter Erik Haag has also been given the nod in the Best Male Presenter category. The show involves its two presenters travelling back in time to try the clothes and the food of a specific period, and has proven very popular among TV audiences. Haag likens the voyeuristic quality of the show to sex in the movies:
"They have sex and you think, 'Are they for real? Yes, I can see it's for real, it's for real'", he says, "It's similar to our show".
The presenters of last year's award ceremony, Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson, won three awards in last year's show. This year they could do the same, with nominations for Best Programme and Best Male Presenter, and also for the Kristallen 2012 ceremony in the Best Entertainment Show category. But they still want to win, they say:
"Some might think that these guys don't have to win again", Fredrik Wikingsson says, "Of course we do. We need to win every year. It's very important to us. The ego rules everything", he adds with a smile.
Also in the running for Best Entertainment Show is the "Eurovision Song Contest", held in Sweden this year for the fifth time.