Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest


Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Norway
Norway
Member station NRK
National selection events Melodi Grand Prix
Appearances
Appearances 50
First appearance 1960
Best result 1st: 1985, 1995, 2009
Worst result Last: 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2004
External links
NRK page
Norway's page at Eurovision.tv

Norway has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1960 and only been absent twice: in 1970, when they boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, when they did not qualify.

Norway won the contest in 2009, having previously won twice, in 1985 with Bobbysocks' performance of "La det swinge" (Let It Swing) and in 1995 with Secret Garden's mainly instrumental, Celtic-influenced ethno-piece "Nocturne". Despite these successes, the country also holds the unfortunate distinction of having scored the most "nul points" (zero points) in competition history, namely four times. They have also come last ten times, which is also a record. In 2009, it set itself three more records of which to be far more proud, when it claimed the 2009 title with the most votes in Eurovision history winning 387 points, getting the highest amount of twelve points in single contest and the having the biggest gap between first and second place.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Norway's highest placing was Alexander Rybak's first place in the 2009 contest. Their next best finish was in the 2008 contest, where Maria Haukaas Storeng performed the song "Hold On Be Strong", which came in 5th.

The Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast in Norway by Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), which also broadcasts Norway's national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.

Contents

Contestants

Wig Wam performing "In My Dreams" at Kiev (2005)
Maria Haukaas Storeng performing "Hold On Be Strong" at Belgrade (2008)
Didrik Solli-Tangen performing "My Heart Is Yours" at Bærum, Oslo (2010)
Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
1960 Nora Brockstedt "Voi Voi" 4 11
1961 Nora Brockstedt "Sommer i Palma" 7 10
1962 Inger Jacobsen "Kom sol, kom regn" 10 2
1963 Anita Thallaug "Solvherv" 13 0
1964 Arne Bendiksen "Spiral" 8 6
1965 Kirsti Sparboe "Karusell" 13 1
1966 Åse Kleveland "Intet er nytt under solen" 3 15
1967 Kirsti Sparboe "Dukkemann" 14 2
1968 Odd Børre "Stress" 13 2
1969 Kirsti Sparboe "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli" 16 1
1971 Hanne Krogh "Lykken er" 17 65
1972 Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg "Småting" 14 73
1973 Bendik Singers "It's Just A Game" 7 89
1974 Anne-Karine Strøm & Bendik Singers "The First Day of Love" 14 3
1975 Ellen Nikolaysen "Touch My Life (With Summer)" 18 11
1976 Anne-Karine Strøm "Mata Hari" 18 7
1977 Anita Skorgan "Casanova" 14 18
1978 Jahn Teigen "Mil etter mil" 20 0
1979 Anita Skorgan "Oliver" 11 57
1980 Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta "Sámiid Ædnan" 16 15
1981 Finn Kalvik "Aldri i livet" 20 0
1982 Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan "Adieu" 12 40
1983 Jahn Teigen "Do Re Mi" 9 53
1984 Dollie de Luxe "Lenge leve livet" 17 29
1985 Bobbysocks "La det swinge" 1 123
1986 Ketil Stokkan "Romeo" 12 44
1987 Kate Gulbrandsen "Mitt liv" 9 65
1988 Karoline Krüger "For vår jord" 5 88
1989 Britt Synnøve "Venners nærhet" 17 30
1990 Ketil Stokkan "Brandenburger Tor" 21 8
1991 Just 4 Fun "Mrs. Thompson" 17 14
1992 Merethe Trøan "Visjoner" 18 23
1993 Silje Vige "Alle mine tankar" 5 120
1994 Elisabeth Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen "Duett" 6 76
1995 Secret Garden "Nocturne" 1 148
1996 Elisabeth Andreassen "I evighet" 2 114
1997 Tor Endresen "San Francisco" 24 0
1998 Lars A. Fredriksen "Alltid sommer" 8 79
1999 Stig Van Eijk "Living My Life Without You" 14 35
2000 Charmed "My Heart Goes Boom" 11 57
2001 Haldor Lægreid "On My Own" 22 3
2003 Jostein Hasselgård "I'm Not Afraid To Move On" 4 123
2004 Knut Anders Sørum "High" 24 3 X X
2005 Wig Wam "In My Dreams" 9 125 6 164
2006 Christine Guldbrandsen "Alvedansen" 14 36 X X
2007 Guri Schanke "Ven a bailar conmigo" X X 18 48
2008 Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" 5 182 4 106
2009 Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" 1 387 1 201
2010 Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" 20 35 X X
2011 Stella Mwangi "Haba Haba" X X 17 30
2012

Voting history (1975-2011)

Norway has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Sweden 231
2  Denmark 168
3  Ireland 151
4  France 134
5  United Kingdom 114

Norway has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Sweden 154
2  Ireland 117
3  Iceland 111
4  Belgium 105
5  Denmark 103

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

Since introducing the semi-finals in 2004

Norway has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Sweden 68
 Iceland 68
2  Denmark 67
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 53
4  Finland 47
5  Turkey 27
6  Romania 26
7  Serbia 25
 Germany 25
 Lithuania 25

Norway has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Iceland 55
2  Denmark 47
 Sweden 47
3  Finland 46
4  Estonia 39
5  Poland 31
6  Latvia 30
7  Ireland 28
8  Moldova 27
 Ukraine 27

NOTE: The tables with points from 2004 include points awarded in both finals and semi-finals where the highest point from the final/semi-final is picked.

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenter
1986 Norway Bergen Grieghallen Åse Kleveland
1996 Norway Oslo Oslo Spektrum Ingvild Bryn and Morten Harket
2010 Norway Bærum Telenor Arena Nadia Hasnaoui, Haddy N'jie and Erik Solbakken

Commentators

Year(s) Commentators
1960 Erik Diesen
1961 Leif Rustad
1962 Odd Grythe
1963 Øivind Johnsen
1964 Odd Grythe
1965 Erik Diesen
1966 Sverre Christophersen
1967 Erik Diesen
1968 Roald Øyen
1969 Sverre Christophersen
1970 No commentator
1971 Sverre Christophersen
1972 Roald Øyen
1973-1975 John Andreassen
1976 Jo Vestly
1977 John Andreassen
1978 Bjørn Scheele
1979 Egil Teige
1980-1981 Knut Aunbu
1982 Bjørn Scheele
1983 Ivar Dyrhaug
1984 Roald Øyen
1985 Veslemøy Kjendsli
1986 Knut Bjørnsen
1987 John Andreassen
Tor Paulsen
1988-1989 John Andreassen
1990 Leif Erik Forberg
1991 John Andreassen
Jahn Teigen
1992 John Andreassen
1993 Leif Erik Forberg
1994 Jostein Pedersen
1995 Annette Groth
1996-2006 Jostein Pedersen
2007-2008 Per Sundnes
Hanne Hoftun
2009 Synnøve Svabø
2010-present Olav Viksmo Slettan

See also

References

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