Hold On Be Strong

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"Hold On Be Strong"
Single by Maria
from the album Hold On Be Strong
A-side Hold On Be Strong
B-side Hold On Be Strong
(DeepFrost Cafémix
Radio Edit)
Hold On Be Strong
(DeepFrost Cafémix)
Released February 2008 (digital download)
April 21, 2008 (CD-single)[1]
Format digital download, CD-single
Length 3:04
Label Universal Music
Writer(s) Mira Craig
Maria singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
(2006)
"Hold On Be Strong"
(2008)
"Make My Day"
(2010)
Hold On Be Strong
iTunes cover
Norway "Hold On Be Strong"
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Country Norway
Artist(s) Maria Haukaas Storeng
As Maria
Language English
Composer(s) Mira Craig
Lyricist(s) Mira Craig
Finals performance
Semi-final result 4th
Semi-final points 106
Final result 5th
Final points 182
Appearance chronology
◄ "Ven a bailar conmigo" (2007)   
"Fairytale" (2009) ►

"Hold On Be Strong" is a song performed by Norwegian singer Maria Haukaas Storeng, written by Mira Craig. This song was presented by Norway in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Maria performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 semi-final.

The song was elected through the Melodi Grand Prix 2008 on February 9,[2][3] where she received the highest number of votes from both the televoting and the jury, with 77,566 votes more than the runner up.

On 20 May 2008 Storeng performed the song in the first semi-final of Eurovision, and won a place in the final. It was the last song performed on the night before the voting began. It finished in 5th place with a total of 182 points, thus being the highest ranking Western European song of the year.

The backing singers for the Eurovision performance were Jorunn Hauge, May Kristin Kaspersen, Kariane Kjærnes, Håvard Gryting and Øystein Nesbakken.[4] The song is written by singer and songwriter Mira Craig. Mira and Maria are singing a duet on Maria's 2008 album Hold On Be Strong.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hold On Be Strong" -3:04
  2. "Hold On Be Strong" (DeepFrost Cafémix Radio Edit) -3:00
  3. "Hold On Be Strong" (DeepFrost Cafémix) -3:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[5] 37
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Ven a bailar conmigo" by Guri Schanke
Melodi Grand Prix winners
2008
Succeeded by
"Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak
Preceded by
"Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
20 February 2008 – 27 February 2008
Succeeded by
"Supernatural Superserious" by R.E.M.