Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009
|Eurovision Song Contest 2009|
|Selection process||Melodi Grand Prix 2009|
24 January 2009
31 January 2009
7 February 2009
14 February 2009
21 February 2009
|Selected entrant||Alexander Rybak|
|Semi-final result||Qualified (1st, 201 points)|
|Final result||1st, 387 points|
|Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest|
After three semi-finals, a Siste Sjansen, second chance qualifier, and the grand final, the winner was singer/songwriter and violinist Alexander Rybak with "Fairytale", winning in the biggest landslide in Melodi Grand Prix history.
- 1 Background
- 2 Melodi Grand Prix 2009
- 3 Before Eurovision
- 4 At Eurovision
- 5 Notes
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Norway first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, following their Scandinavian neighbours Denmark and Sweden, who debuted in 1957 and 1958 respectively. Their first entry, "Voi Voi" performed by Nora Brockstedt, won the inaugural Melodi Grand Prix in 1960, and went on to place 4th at the international contest in London. Before 1985, their best result came in 1966, when Åse Kleveland came third for Norway with "Intet er nytt under solen" in Luxembourg.
However by the 1980s Norway had become synonymous with coming last place at the contest, with the country gaining six last-place finishes in the contest, and a total of three entries getting nul points. However, in 1985, Norway gained their first victory, with Bobbysocks! (consisting of Elisabeth Andreassen and Hanne Krogh) winning with "La det swinge" in Gothenburg, and bringing the contest to Norway for the first time - in 1986 the contest was held in Norway's second city, Bergen. 1995 brought Norway its second win at the contest, with Secret Garden winning in Dublin with Nocturne, and became the first mainly instrumental song to win the contest. As such the 1996 Contest was held in Oslo.
However between, and after, these two wins at the contest Norway still managed to keep its last-place reputation intact, gaining another four last-place finishes in the contest, along with outright relegation from competing at the 2002 Contest. Throughout Norway's 50 year participation at Eurovision the organisation of the national selection process, and the broadcast of the international final and semi-finals has been the job of Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK).
Melodi Grand Prix 2009
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Melodi Grand Prix 2009, the Norwegian national final, selected the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The entire contest was to be hosted by last year's Norwegian entry Maria Haukaas Storeng and past MGP host and Eurovision commentator Per Sundnes. For 2009, at least 50% of the songwriting team must be Norwegian or live in Norway which is due to the success of Norway in the 2008 contest with Norwegian songwriter Mira Craig. Additionally, NRK has announced that foreign singers will not be allowed to compete.
More than 350 songs were submitted, less than the more than 600 in 2007, but a respectable figure when the new songwriter rules are taken into consideration. The 21 artists selected to compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2009 will be announced over three weeks: the artists of the first semi-final will be announced on the week beginning 22 December, and the artists in the second and third semi-final will be revealed in the weeks commencing 29 December and 5 January respectively. The three semi-finals of the contest were held on 24 January, 31 January and 7 February 2009, along with a second chance round, which was held on 14 February, and the final of the contest, held on 21 February 2009.
|24 January||Kongsvinger||Kongsvinger Hall||Semifinal 1|
|31 January||Bodø||Bodø Spektrum||Semifinal 2|
|7 February||Skien||Skien Fritidspark||Semifinal 3|
|14 February||Ålesund||Sunnmørshallen||Second Chance|
|21 February||Oslo||Oslo Spektrum||Final|
A possible participant to this year's Melodi Grand Prix may be Hanne Krogh, who previously represented Norway in the 1971, 1985 and 1991 contests (the last two appearances as part of Bobbysocks and Just 4 Fun respectively), after she announced in 2007 that she might compete in MGP in 2009. Although NRK has neither confirmed nor denied anything about artists competing, Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 revealed that Tone Damli Aaberge and Maria Arredondo would apparently compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2009. Aaberge will compete in MGP 2009, performing in the second semi-final, however Krogh and Arredondo will not be competing.
Although only 18 songs were scheduled to compete in MGP 2009, NRK increased this number to 21 due to the high quality of the entries they received and therefore seven songs will now compete in each semi-final. The first eleven songs that will compete in this year's Melodi Grand Prix were revealed on 10 December 2008, along with their writers. Ten more songs were made public on 17 December.
In each of the three semi-finals, seven songs will compete. The top two songs through televoting will qualify directly to the final on 21 February.
The Siste Sjansen round, to be held on 14 February, will be made up of eight songs in total. The third and fourth placed songs in each semi-final will qualify for this round. The remaining two slots will be made up by the highest percentage fifth-placed song, with the final slot in the Siste Sjansen round being decided by the readers of VG from the remaining eight songs yet to qualify. The Siste Sjansen will follow the same format as Melodifestivalen's Andra Chansen round, the equivalent contest in Sweden. Eight songs will compete against each other in four pairs. The four winning songs of each pair will battle against each other again, with the two winners qualifying to the final.
The four semi-finals of Melodi Grand Prix 2009 began on 24 January 2009 and held in Kongsvinger, Bodø, Skien and Ålesund (Siste Sjansen), leading up to the final at the Oslo Spektrum on 21 February 2009.
In the first semi-final, in the Kongsvinger Hall in Kongsvinger on 24 January 2009, seven songs in total competed. The names of all the artists for this semi-final were announced on 19 December 2008.
The first song of the night was Surferosa with "U Look Good". The song is an up-tempo pop-rock song, which Surferosa performed on stage with a female backing singer, all dressed in black suits, with Mariann Thomassen, the female lead vocalist, dressed in a colourful jumpsuit. Pyrotechnics were used at the end of the performance. Second on stage was Chicas del Coro with "Men, Men, Men", a nostalgic swing song. The two women of the group, Hilde Marstrander and Hege Austheim, were dressed in vibrant pink dresses, with a large amount of luggage placed on stage. Four backing dancers/singers, two men and two women, joined the women during the performance, also dressed in shades of pink. KeSera was third on stage, joined by Anita Hegerland, to perform "Party", a modern hip-hop/rap song with begins as a ballad, sung in Norwegian. The two men of the group, Raymond David Henriksen and Nahom Feshatzion, perform the song in black and red suits with jeans, while Hegerland was dressed in a long black and white dress, using a wind machine for her performance. Three female backing dancers also joined the men on stage, dressed in short black dresses.
Espen Hana performed next, singing "Two of a Kind". The song is mid-tempo and less extravagant than the songs before it. Hana performs the song in a black suit, joined by a jazz band and two male backing singers, dressed in black. The fifth song was Charite's "Sweeter Than a Kiss", a modern pop song with some country influences. Charite was dressed in a blue top and black leather trousers, and was joined by a band and a female backing singer. The penultimate song was Thomas Brøndbo's "Det vart en storm". The song, performed entirely in Norwegian, is a mid-tempo pop song, which he performed on stage with five backing singers, two male and three female. The final song was Velvet's "Tricky". The girl group, composed of Charlotte Øverland Våset, Anette Amelia Larsen, Cornelia Børnick and Thea Bay, performed the song, an up-tempo pop song, on stage in silver/grey dresses, and moved about throughout the song.
From this semi-final, Velvet and Thomas Brøndbo qualified automatically to the final, while Espen Hana and Surferosa progress to the Siste Sjansen. KeSera later qualified as well to the Siste Sjansen round, being the most voted fifth-placed song in the three semi-finals.
|Draw||Artist||Song||Lyrics (l) / Music (m)||Results|
|1||Surferosa||"U Look Good"||Surferosa (m), Lars-Erik Westby (m), Mariann Thomassen (l)||Siste Sjansen|
|2||Chicas del Coro||"Men, Men, Men!"||Hilde Marstrander (m & l)||Out|
|3||KeSera feat. Anita Hegerland||"Party"||Robin Nordahl (m), Thomas Ewel (m), KeSera (l)||Wildcard|
|4||Espen Hana||"Two of a Kind"||Trond Andreassen (m & l), Christian Bloom (l)||Siste Sjansen|
|5||Charite||"Sweeter Than a Kiss"||Christian Ingebrigtsen (m & l), Laila Samuelsen (m & l)||Out|
|6||Thomas Brøndbo||"Det vart en storm"||Svein Gundersen (m), Rolf Mokkelbost (l)||Final|
|7||Velvet||"Tricky"||Hanne Sørvaag (m & l), Niklas Bergwall (m & l), Niclas Kings (m & l)||Final|
The first act on stage was Wenche Myhre, who had represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 with "Ein Hoch der Liebe". For the contest she performed "Alt har en mening nå", an up-tempo pop song. Myhre begins her performance alone, standing on a platform in the middle of the stage. She was later joined by five backing singers/dancers, two male and three female, all dressed in black. Second on stage was the Publiners with their folk-rock "Te stein". The band performs on stage, moving about frequently, while fire was used to create effect. Tine Wulff was next on stage, performing "Ride", a mid-tempo pop song with some country elements. Wulff performs on stage from a microphone stand in a sparkly pink dress, and was joined by a band and violinist.
Alexander Stenerud was fourth on stage, singing "Find My Girl". The song begins as a ballad before turning into an up-tempo pop song, which Stenerud performs on stage in a black suit, joined by five backing singers in black. Janni Santillan was next to perform, singing "(Like You Did) Yesterday", a mid-tempo pop ballad. Santillan accompanies herself on stage from a black grand piano, and she was also joined on stage by three female backing singers. The penultimate song was Julius Winger's "Like an Angel", a simple pop song. Winger, dressed in a black T-shirt and trousers, was joined on stage by five backing singers, two male and three female. The final performance of the night was Tone Damli Aaberge with her song "Butterflies", a classic pop song. Aaberge performs on stage in a white dress, and was joined by two cellists and three backing singers, all in white.
|Draw||Artist||Song||Lyrics (l) / Music (m)||Results||Place|
|1||Wenche Myhre||"Alt har en mening nå"||Thomas Thörnholm (m), Michael Clauss (m), Danne Attlerud (m), Jan Vincent Johannessen (l)||Out||3rd [A]|
|2||Publiners||"Te stein"||Bertil Bertelsen (m), Olav Nygaard (l), Morten Horn (l), Ronny Bertelsen (l)||Siste Sjansen||4th|
|3||Tine Wulff||"Ride"||Marte Wulff (m & l)||Out||6th|
|4||Alexander Stenerud||"Find My Girl"||Alexander Stenerud (m & l)||Final||2nd|
|5||Janni Santillan||"(Like You Did) Yesterday"||Janni Santillan (m & l)||Siste Sjansen||5th|
|6||Julius Winger||"Like an Angel"||Julius Winger (m & l), Ole Jørgen Olsen (m & l)||Out||7th|
|7||Tone Damli Aaberge||"Butterflies"||David Eriksen (m), Tone Damli Aaberge (l), Mats Lie Skåre (l)||Final||1st|
The third and final semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2009 was held at the Leisure Park in Skien on 7 February 2009, where seven songs in total will compete. The names of the seven artists were released on 29 December 2008.
The first song of the third semi-final was Sichelle's RnB ballad "Left/Right". Dressed in a pink and black dress, she was joined on stage by five full-length mirrors, as well as five female backing singers in short pink and grey dresses. Second was the Rebelettes with their soul/rock song "Soul train". The five-piece girl group were all dressed in black dresses, performing on individual platforms on stage. Next was Ovi with "Seven Seconds". Ovi performs the mid-tempo pop ballad from a piano, joined by four backing singers and a guitarist who sat on stools around the piano. The fourth song was five-piece girl band Jane Helen with their rock song "Shuffled". The lead singer was dressed in a burgundy dress, while the rest of the band were dressed in black outfits.
The fifth act on stage was girl duo Foxy, with "Do It Again". The song is an up-tempo pop song, which the girls of Foxy performed in matching black outfits. They were also joined by two female backing dancers, dressed in black dresses. The penultimate act on stage was Sunny with "Carrie", a catchy pop/rock song. Sunny was dressed in a short black dress with cat ears, and was joined on stage by a male band and female backing singer, all dressed in black. The final act on stage was Alexander Rybak with his folk-inspired pop song "Fairytale". Rybak, who accompanied himself on the violin, was joined on stage by three members of the modern folk-dance company Frikar, as well as two female backing singers in long grey dresses.
From this semi-final Sunny and Jane Helen passed to the Siste Sjansen round, while Alexander Rybak and Ovi qualified to the final. Foxy was later selected by the readers of VG to qualify to the Siste Sjansen round.
|Draw||Artist||Song||Lyrics (l) / Music (m)||Results|
|1||Sichelle||"Left/Right"||Mats Lie Skåre (m & l)||Out|
|2||Rebelettes||"Soul Train"||Rebelettes (m & l)||Out|
|3||Ovi||"Seven Seconds"||Simone Larsen (m & l), Simen M. Eriksrud (m)||Final|
|4||Jane Helen||"Shuffled"||Jane Helen (m & l), Christine Litle (m & l)||Siste Sjansen|
|5||Foxy||"Do It Again"||Hanne Sørvaag (m & l), Harry Sommerdahl (m & l)||Wildcard|
|6||Sunny||"Carrie"||Solgunn Ivana (m & l), Hans Petter Aaserud (m & l)||Siste Sjansen|
|7||Alexander Rybak||"Fairytale"||Alexander Rybak (m & l)||Final|
Siste Sjansen round
The Siste Sjansen (Last Chance) round was held at the Sunnmørshallen in Ålesund on 14 February 2009. Eight songs competed, the six songs that placed third and fourth in each semi-final, as well as the most voted fifth placed song over the three semi-finals and a wildcard entry selected by readers of VG. Voting on VG's website began on Saturday 7 February at 21:05 CET, immediately after the third semi-final, and closed on Monday 9 February at 10:00 CET.
Wenche Myhre was forced to withdraw from the contest as she would not be able to compete on 14 February, due to performing at a concert in Portugal. The two qualifiers were KeSera feat. Anita Hegerland, who performed "Party" in the first semi-final and received the most votes of the fifth-placed songs in the semi-final, and Foxy, who got the VG wildcard with their song "Do It Again". The draw for the duels was also revealed on 9 February.
In the first round of duels, Espen Hana beat his rival KeSera to qualify to the second round. The second duel of the first round was between Janni Santillan and Surferosa, with Surferosa progressing to compete against Espen Hana. In the final duels of the first round, the Publiners beat Sunny, qualifying to the second round, and will be joined by Jane Helen, who beat Foxy in their duel.
In the second round of voting, Espen Hana and Surferosa competed for a place in the final, with Jane Helen and the Publiners doing the same. The winners, who progressed to the final, were Espen Hana with "Two of a Kind" and the Publiners with "Te stein".
|Round 1||Round 2||Qualifiers|
|KeSera feat. Anita Hegerland - "Party"||Out|
|Espen Hana - "Two of a Kind"||Winner|
|Espen Hana - "Two of a Kind"||Winner|
|Surferosa - "U Look Good"||Out|
|Janni Santillan - "(Like You Did) Yesterday"||Out|
|Surferosa - "U Look Good"||Winner|
|Espen Hana - "Two of a Kind"|
|Publiners - "Te stein"|
|Sunny - "Carrie"||Out|
|Publiners - "Te stein"||Winner|
|Publiners - "Te stein"||Winner|
|Jane Helen - "Shuffled"||Out|
|Foxy - "Do It Again"||Out|
|Jane Helen - "Shuffled"||Winner|
The final of Melodi Grand Prix was held on 21 February, and featured eight songs, the six direct qualifiers from the semi-finals, as well as the two winners of the Siste Sjansen round. The running order for the show was held live by Maria Haukaas Storeng and Per Sundess on NRK's evening show 'I kveld' on 17 February.
On 17 February, girlband Velvet was made to change their name to avoid confusion with the Swedish singer of the same name, who competed in Melodifestivalen 2009, the Swedish selection for Eurovision 2009. As such, their name was changed to Velvet Inc.
All the eight finalists participated in the first half of the show. The four songs with the most votes moved on to the "Gold Final" in the second segment. A combination of jury votes and televotes determined the final winner, which was Alexander Rybak with "Fairytale". The song received 747,888 votes, over 600,000 votes more than the runner-up Tone Damli Aaberge, being the clearest win in the history of Melodi Grand Prix.
Four juries from the hosts of the four semi-final cities gave each gold song points - 2,000, 4,000, 6,000 and 8,000 points. This was joined by five televoting regions around Norway, who added to the jury scores with televotes from around Norway.
|Draw||Artist||Song||Lyrics (l) / Music (m)||Results|
|1||Espen Hana||"Two of a Kind"||Trond Andreassen (m & l), Christian Bloom (l)||Out|
|2||Ovi||"Seven Seconds"||Simone Larsen (m & l), Simen M. Eriksrud (m)||Out|
|3||Publiners||"Te stein"||Bertil Bertelsen (m), Olav Nygaard (l), Morten Horn (l), Ronny Bertelsen (l)||Gold Final|
|4||Alexander Stenerud||"Find My Girl"||Alexander Stenerud (m & l)||Gold Final|
|5||Velvet Inc.||"Tricky"||Hanne Sørvaag (m & l), Niklas Bergwall (m & l), Niclas Kings (m & l)||Out|
|6||Alexander Rybak||"Fairytale"||Alexander Rybak (m & l)||Gold Final|
|7||Thomas Brøndbo||"Det vart en storm"||Svein Gundersen (m), Rolf Mokkelbost (l)||Out|
|8||Tone Damli Aaberge||"Butterflies"||David Eriksen (m), Tone Damli Aaberge (l), Mats Li Skåre (l)||Gold Final|
|Artist||Song||Lyrics (l) / Music (m)||Jury||Televote||Total||Place|
|Publiners||"Te stein"||Bertil Bertelsen (m), Olav Nygaard (l), Morten Horn (l), Ronny Bertelsen (l)||12,000||50,683||62,683||4|
|Alexander Stenerud||"Find My Girl"||Alexander Stenerud (m & l)||14,000||59,080||73,080||3|
|Alexander Rybak||"Fairytale"||Alexander Rybak (m & l)||32,000||715,888||747,888||1|
|Tone Damli Aaberge||"Butterflies"||David Eriksen (m), Tone Damli Aaberge (l), Mats Li Skåre (l)||22,000||99,850||121,856||2|
|"Find My Girl"||4,000||2,000||4,000||4,000||14,000||3,790||5,432||8,135||10,993||30,730||59,080|
Rybak made several appearances at events after his win at Melodi Grand Prix. Before winning the contest Rybak charted in the Norwegian singles chart, VG-lista, at number 1 with "Fairytale". This was the first time in MGP history that the winner reached the top of the charts before winning the contest. After, and even before, his win at Melodi Grand prix Rybak also became one of the hottest favourites to win the contest in Moscow in May.
On 14 March NRK released an official video-clip of "Fairytale", showing Rybak's performance at MGP. Rybak's overwhelming victory at MGP spread "Eurovision fever" throughout Norway over their perceived odds on winning Eurovision in Moscow.
In April Rybak joined four-time Eurovision contestant Elisabeth Andreassen at a contest in the Oslo Concert Hall. Althougn his appearance was agreed upon before MGP, his win at the contest most likely promoted his appearance at Eurovision. Alongside a group performance, Rybak also performed a solo number, "Song from a Secret Garden", a cover of Eurovision winners Secret Garden.
Approaching the contest, foreign media began focusing on Rybak and his song. It was reported that "Fairytale" had been played Greek television, and in April a crew from Russian TV channel NTV travelled to Oslo to record a documentary on Rybak, which was featured to over 18 million people in Russia. It was also reported that there was a lot of media attention in Russian magazines and newspapers on Rybak. Further media attention on Rybak was made across the ocean, in the United States. A report on The Oprah Winfrey Show contained Rybak, along with one half of the German entry Oscar Loya, on a report on The World's Got Talent. The report also included Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle, as well as The X Factor, American Idol, and both Britain's and America's Got Talent judge and record producer Simon Cowell.
Alexander Rybak represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 finals in Moscow with the song "Fairytale" after getting through the semi-finals. Rybak won by a significant margin, scoring 387 points, 169 points over second placed Yohanna, representing Iceland.
Having been voted for by all 41 countries, Norway scored the highest number of points for any entry in any Eurovision Song Contest to date. They received 12 points from 16 countries: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Since Norway was not one of the "Big Four" and was not the host of the 2009 contest, it was required to compete in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009. Alexander Rybak performed for Norway sixth in the running order, following Poland and preceding Cyprus, and secured a spot in the final on 16 May 2009. He performed 20th in the running order, following Albania and preceding Ukraine.
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
The Norwegian commentator for NRK was Synnøve Svabø. In the aftermath of the show, she was criticized for chattering while the Russian hosts were speaking, and for some vulgar comments. During the coverage of the voting, Svabø was heard on live television making phone calls to Rolf Løvland, Elisabeth Andreassen, Hanne Krogh, Trond Giske, Hans Bjerkås and Jens Stoltenberg. Several viewers reported that they had switched to the Swedish coverage on SVT1.
The Norwegian points to other countries were determined entirely by jury since a technical fault caused all the televotes to be lost. Bosnia and Herzegovina would have achieved an 8th position had the public votes counted. Telenor promised to refund the cost of the vote to the Norwegian voters, which totaled 1.36 million Norwegian krone.
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