Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest

Norway
Norway
Member station NRK
National selection events
National final
Internal selection
  • 1991
Participation summary
Appearances 58 (55 finals)
First appearance 1960
Best result 1st: 1985, 1995, 2009
Nul points 1963, 1978, 1981, 1997
External links
NRK page
Norway's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Norway has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 58 times since making its debut in 1960 and has only been absent twice since then. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, they were relegated. The contest is broadcast in Norway by NRK, which also broadcasts Norway's national selection competition, Melodi Grand Prix.

Before 1985, Norway's best result in the contest was Åse Kleveland's third-place in 1966. Norway's three victories in the contest were achieved by Bobbysocks in 1985, Secret Garden in 1995 and Alexander Rybak in 2009. Norway also finished second at the 1996 contest, with former Bobbysocks member Elisabeth Andreassen. Norway has finished last in eleven Eurovision Song Contest finals, of which four times with "nul points". Norway has a total of eleven top-five results in the contest, the latest being Margaret Berger's fourth-place in 2013.

History

Norway's first entrant in the contest in 1960 was Nora Brockstedt, who finished fourth. Åse Kleveland then finished third in 1966. Following Kleveland's result, Norway would fail to reach the top ten in 14 out of their next 15 attempts, the exception being Bendik Singers seventh place in 1973.

Before 1985, Norway had only reached the top five in two out of 24 attempts and had finished last six times. In 1985, Bobbysocks gave the country its first victory with the song "La det swinge" (Let It Swing). Norway went on to achieve two more top five results over the next ten years, with both Karoline Krüger in 1988 and Silje Vige in 1993, finishing fifth.

Norway's second victory came in 1995 with Secret Garden's mainly instrumental, Celtic-influenced ethno-piece "Nocturne". In 1996, Elisabeth Andreassen, who had won the contest as one half of Bobbysocks, returned to finish second. In 2003, Jostein Hasselgård was fourth.

Norway won for the third time in 2009, with Alexander Rybak's smash hit "Fairytale". The 2009 winning score of 387 points being the highest ever winning total under the voting system used between 1975 and 2015. It also achieved the biggest ever margin of victory. 492 points were able to be rewarded in 2009. (2009-Norway) That's 78.7% of the total points that could be rewarded.

In 2012, Norway finished last in the final for the 11th time. Norway has the two dubious distinctions of having finished last in the Eurovision final more than any other country and for having the most "nul points" (zero points) in the contest, failing to score a point four times, in 1963, 1978, 1981 and 1997. Austria has also scored "nul points" four times.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Norway has finished in the top ten seven times. Wig Wam finished ninth with the song "In My Dreams" in 2005, Maria Haukaas Storeng was fifth in 2008 with "Hold On Be Strong", Alexander Rybak won in 2009, Margaret Berger was fourth in 2013 with "I Feed You My Love", Carl Espen finished eighth in 2014 performing "Silent Storm", Mørland & Debrah Scarlett finished eighth in 2015 with "A Monster Like Me", Jowst featuring Aleksander Walmann finished tenth with the song "Grab the Moment" in 2017 and Keiino finished sixth with the song "Spirit in the Sky" in 2019 (when they also finished first with the televote in the Grand Final). Norway has a total of 11 top five and 24 top ten results in the contest.

Contestants

Table key
1
Winner
2
Second place
3
Third place
Last place
X
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Title Language Final Points Semi Points
Nora Brockstedt "Voi Voi" Norwegian[a] 4 11 No semi-finals
Nora Brockstedt "Sommer i Palma" Norwegian 7 10
Inger Jacobsen "Kom sol, kom regn" Norwegian 10 2
Anita Thallaug "Solhverv" Norwegian 13 ◁ 0
Arne Bendiksen "Spiral" Norwegian 8 6
Kirsti Sparboe "Karusell" Norwegian 13 1
Åse Kleveland "Intet er nytt under solen" Norwegian 3 15
Kirsti Sparboe "Dukkemann" Norwegian 14 2
Odd Børre "Stress" Norwegian 13 2
Kirsti Sparboe "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli" Norwegian 16 ◁ 1
Hanne Krogh "Lykken er" Norwegian 17 65
Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg "Småting" Norwegian 14 73
Bendik Singers "It's Just a Game" English, French[b] 7 89
Anne-Karine Strøm & Bendik Singers "The First Day of Love" English 14 ◁ 3
Ellen Nikolaysen "Touch My Life (With Summer)" English 18 11
Anne-Karine Strøm "Mata Hari" English 18 ◁ 7
Anita Skorgan "Casanova" Norwegian 14 18
Jahn Teigen "Mil etter mil" Norwegian 20 ◁ 0
Anita Skorgan "Oliver" Norwegian 11 57
Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta "Sámiid ædnan" Norwegian[c] 16 15
Finn Kalvik "Aldri i livet" Norwegian 20 ◁ 0
Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan "Adieu" Norwegian 12 40
Jahn Teigen "Do Re Mi" Norwegian 9 53
Dollie de Luxe "Lenge leve livet" Norwegian 17 29
Bobbysocks "La det swinge" Norwegian 1 123
Ketil Stokkan "Romeo" Norwegian 12 44
Kate Gulbrandsen "Mitt liv" Norwegian 9 65
Karoline Krüger "For vår jord" Norwegian 5 88
Britt Synnøve "Venners nærhet" Norwegian 17 30
Ketil Stokkan "Brandenburger Tor" Norwegian 21 ◁ 8
Just 4 Fun "Mrs. Thompson" Norwegian 17 14
Merethe Trøan "Visjoner" Norwegian 18 23
Silje Vige "Alle mine tankar" Norwegian 5 120 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
Elisabeth Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen "Duett" Norwegian 6 76 No semi-finals
Secret Garden "Nocturne" Norwegian 1 148
Elisabeth Andreassen "I evighet" Norwegian 2 114 Host country[d]
Tor Endresen "San Francisco" Norwegian 24 ◁ 0 No semi-finals
Lars A. Fredriksen "Alltid sommer" Norwegian 8 79[e]
Stig Van Eijk "Living My Life Without You" English 14 35
Charmed "My Heart Goes Boom" English 11 57
Haldor Lægreid "On My Own" English 22 ◁ 3
Jostein Hasselgård "I'm Not Afraid To Move On" English 4 123
Knut Anders Sørum "High" English 24 ◁ 3 Top 11 previous year[f]
Wig Wam "In My Dreams" English 9 125 6 164
Christine Guldbrandsen "Alvedansen" Norwegian 14 36 Top 11 previous year[f]
Guri Schanke "Ven a bailar conmigo" English[g] Failed to qualify 18 48
Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" English 5 182 4 106
Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" English 1 387 1 201
Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" English 20 35 Host country
Stella Mwangi "Haba Haba" English, Swahili Failed to qualify 17 30
Tooji "Stay" English 26 ◁ 7 10 45
Margaret Berger "I Feed You My Love" English 4 191 3 120
Carl Espen "Silent Storm" English 8 88 6 77
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" English 8 102 4 123
Agnete "Icebreaker" English Failed to qualify 13 63
JOWST "Grab the Moment" English 10 158 5 189
Alexander Rybak "That's How You Write a Song" English 15 144 1 266
KEiiNO "Spirit in the Sky" English[h] 6 331 7 210
Ulrikke "Attention" English Contest cancelled[i] X
Tix "Fallen Angel" English

Hostings

Songs of Europe

Year Location Venue Presenters
1981 Mysen Momarken Rolf Kirkvaag and Titten Tei

Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Year Category Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2009 Press Award "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak (m & l) Alexander Rybak 1 387 Russia Moscow
[1]
2015 Composer Award "A Monster Like Me" Kjetil Mørland (m & l) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 8 102 Austria Vienna
[2]

Winner by OGAE members

Year Song Performer Place Points Host city Ref.
2009 "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1 387 Russia Moscow
[3]

Related involvement

Conductors

Year Conductor[j] Musical Director Notes Ref.
1960 Øivind Bergh N/A [4]
1961
1962
1963
1964 Karsten Andersen
1965 Øivind Bergh
1966
1967
1968
1969
1971 Arne Bendiksen [k] [5]
1972 Carsten Klouman
1973
1974 Frode Thingnæs
1975 Carsten Klouman
1976 Frode Thingnæs [l]
1977 Carsten Klouman
1978
1979 Sigurd Jansen [m]
1980 [6]
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985 Terje Fjærn
1986 Egil Monn-Iversen [n]
1987 Terje Fjærn N/A
1988 Arild Stav [o]
1989 Pete Knutsen
1990
1991
1992 Rolf Løvland
1993
1994 Pete Knutsen
1995 Geir Langslet
1996 Frode Thingnæs
1997 Geir Langslet N/A
1998

Additionally, there was an orchestra present at the 1999 national final, conducted by Geir Langslet (the winning song, however, was presented without orchestral accompaniment) and at the 2015 national final, conducted by Anders Eljas.

Heads of delegation

Year Head of delegation Ref.
19982005 Jon Ola Sand
[7]
20062009, 20122015 Stian Malme
[8]
20102011 Skjalg Solstad
[8]
2016–present Stig Karlsen
[8]

Commentators and spokespersons

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1960 Erik Diesen Kari Borg Mannsåker
1961 Leif Rustad Mette Janson
1962 Odd Grythe Kari Borg Mannsåker
1963 Øivind Johnsen Roald Øyen
1964 Odd Grythe Sverre Christophersen
1965 Erik Diesen
1966 Sverre Christophersen Erik Diesen
1967 Erik Diesen Sverre Christophersen
1968 Roald Øyen
1969 Sverre Christophersen Janka Polanyi
1970 No commentator Did not participate
1971 Sverre Christophersen No spokesperson
1972 Roald Øyen
1973 John Andreassen
1974 Sverre Christophersen
1975
1976 Jo Vestly
1977 John Andreassen
1978 Bjørn Scheele Egil Teige
1979 Egil Teige Sverre Christophersen
1980 Knut Aunbu Roald Øyen
1981 Sverre Christophersen
1982 Bjørn Scheele Erik Diesen
1983 Ivar Dyrhaug
1984 Roald Øyen Egil Teige
1985 Veslemøy Kjendsli Erik Diesen
1986 Knut Bjørnsen Nina Matheson
1987 John Andreassen and Tor Paulsen Sverre Christophersen
1988 John Andreassen Andreas Diesen
1989 Sverre Christophersen
1990 Leif Erik Forberg
1991 John Andreassen and Jahn Teigen
1992 John Andreassen
1993 Leif Erik Forberg
1994 Jostein Pedersen
1995 Annette Groth
1996 Jostein Pedersen Ragnhild Sælthun Fjørtoft
1997
1998
1999
2000 Marit Åslein
2001 Roald Øyen
2002 Did not participate
2003 Roald Øyen
2004 Ingvild Helljesen
2005
2006
2007 Per Sundnes Synnøve Svabø
2008 Per Sundnes and Hanne Hoftun Stian Barsnes-Simonsen
2009 Synnøve Svabø
[9]
2010 Olav Viksmo-Slettan Anne Rimmen
2011 Nadia Hasnaoui
2012
2013 Tooji
2014 Margrethe Røed
2015
2016 Elisabeth Andreassen
2017 Marcus & Martinus
2018 Aleksander Walmann and Jowst
2019 Alexander Rybak
2020 Marte Stokstad Not announced before cancellation
2021 Marte Stokstad

Supervisors

List of supervisors of Melodi Grand Prix, better known as MGP-general or GP-general in Norway:

Gallery

See also

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