Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996

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Eurovision Song Contest 1996
Country  Norway
National selection
Selection process Melodi Grand Prix 1996
Selection date(s) 30 March 1996
Selected entrant Elisabeth Andreassen
Selected song "I evighet"
Finals performance
Final result 2nd, 114 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1995 1996 1997►

Norway was represented by Elisabeth Andreassen, with the song '"I evighet", at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May at the Oslo Spektrum, following Secret Garden's victory for Norway in Dublin the previous year. "I evighet" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 30 March. This was the last of four Eurovision appearances as a main performer by Andreassen, a record shared with Lys Assia, Fud Leclerc and Peter, Sue & Marc.

Final[edit]

The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Tande-P. Eight songs took part with the winner being chosen by voting from regional juries. Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen (as one of the duo To Tenorer) and Geir Rønning, who would later represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.[1]

MGP - 20 March 1996
Draw Artist Song Translation Points Place
1 Scandinavia "Når hjertet står i brann" When the heart is on fire 12 8
2 Arnold B. Family "Din smittende glede" Your huge joy 29 6
3 Elisabeth Andreassen "I evighet" In eternity 88 1
4 Stephen Ackles "Jennina" 32 5
5 Mia Gundersen "Tenn lys" Light a candle 28 7
6 Helga Hatløy Hagen & Marie Hatløy Osdal "Frieri" Proposal 56 2
7 Geir Rønning "Uten de'" Without you 56 2
8 To Tenorer "Ariel" 39 4

Voting[edit]

Song Rogaland Østfold Finnmark Sør-Trøndelag Troms Oppland Østlandet Hordaland Sørlandet Telemark Total
Når hjertet står i brann 1 1 2 6 2 12
Den smittende glede 3 1 1 6 4 3 1 6 4 29
I evighet 4 10 6 10 10 10 10 10 8 10 88
Jennina 4 2 2 2 6 2 4 4 6 32
Tenn lys 8 3 3 1 1 6 3 3 28
Frieri 6 8 4 3 8 8 8 2 1 8 56
Uten de' 10 2 10 4 6 3 1 8 10 2 56
Ariel 2 6 8 8 3 4 4 3 1 39

At Eurovision[edit]

The European Broadcasting Union granted Norway, as the host nation, exemption from an audio-only pre-qualifying round which took place on 20 March with all 29 other participants competing to avoid the bottom seven placings which would mean early elimination from the 1996 contest and non-representation in Oslo.

On the night of the final Andreassen performed 12th in the running order, following Estonia and preceding France. At the close of voting "I evighet" had received 114 points, placing Norway second of the 23 entries. The highest marks received were three 10s from the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden – since the introduction of the current scoring system in 1975, "I evighet" is the only song to have finished second without receiving a single 12 points vote. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Portugal.[2]

Andreassen is one of five artists – along with Lys Assia, Gigliola Cinquetti, Linda Martin and Dima Bilan – to have finished both first and second at Eurovision.

Voting[edit]

Points awarded to Norway[edit]

Points Awarded to Norway
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Norway[edit]

12 points  Portugal
10 points  Ireland
8 points  Estonia
7 points  Croatia
6 points  Sweden
5 points  Iceland
4 points  France
3 points  Greece
2 points  Finland
1 point  Malta

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