3 Canadians up for Rose d'Or international TV awards

A live TV show that pairs up Canadian artists for a single night's performance is up against the Eurovision Song Contest for best live event show at the annual Rose d'Or global entertainment television festival.

Canadian French-language show competes with Eurovision for best live event

Azerbaijan performers Ell and Nikki react after winning the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The Canadian music show For One Night Only faces the annual song contest, which is watched by millions, at the Rose d'Or global TV festival. (Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters )

A live TV show that pairs up Canadian artists for a single evening’s performance is competing against the Eurovision Song Contest for best live event show at the annual Rose d'Or global entertainment television festival.

For One Night Only (Pour Un Soir Seulement) is created by Les Productions Rivard of Winnipeg for Radio Canada, ARTV and TVA. The French-language show matches diverse artists — ranging from Bruce Cockburn to Radio Radio to Amelia Curran — for a live performance.

It is one of three Canadian TV productions competing for prizes at the Rose d’Or Festival. Organizers announced the nominees in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.

For One Night Only, hosted by Jim Corcoran and Stéphane Archambault, faces stiff competition from the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the most-watched, non-sporting TV events in the world. It annually pulls in 400 million viewers. Also nominated for best live event is Born to Shine, a British reality show that asks talented youngsters to teach celebrities a new skill.

The other Canadians nominated are:

  • Multiplatform category: Storming Juno, a History Television docudrama about the Canadian Forces who stormed Juno beach on D-Day. It relates the experiences of three young soldiers and is accompanied by an online, interactive documentary in which the audience hears real D-Day stories recounted by veterans.
  • Lifestyle show: Property Brothers, created by Cineflix Inc. for W Network, follows real estate expert Drew Scott's search for houses with untapped potential. His twin brother, Jonathan Scott, then renovates to create a dream home.

An international jury shortlisted just 36 shows for this year's awards, from out of 400 entries submitted. Britain leads nominations with 16. Israel earned four, while Canada and Germany both have three. The U.S. earned one.

The comedy category includes two British entries and one from Israel:

  • Life’s Too Short, the BBC/HBO sitcom created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring Warwick Davis.
  • Tall and Greenbaum, an Israel drama about two mismatched friends who own a small production company that create videos for weddings, bar mitzvahs and other family occasions.
  • Friday Night Dinner, a British sitcom about an extended family’s weekly get-together.

Pan Am, the cancelled U.S. series centred around the airline in the 1960s, has a nomination for drama. Its rivals are two British productions: Martina Cole's The Runaway, about a thwarted romance set in London and New York in the 1960s and 70s, and The Jury, which follows regular people who find themselves at the centre of a controversial criminal re-trial.  

The 2012 Rose d'Or winners will be announced May 10 in Lucerne, Switzerland.