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.