Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974
|Eurovision Song Contest 1974|
|Selection process||Melodi Grand Prix 1974|
|Selection date(s)||16 February 1974|
|Selected entrant||Anne-Karine Strøm|
|Selected song||"The First Day of Love"|
|Final result||14th, 3 points|
|Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Norway was represented by Anne-Karine Strøm, with the song '"The First Day of Love", at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in Brighton, England. "The First Day of Love" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 16 February. Strøm had sung for Norway the previous year as a member of the Bendik Singers, whose other three members provided backing vocals in Brighton.
The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Vidar Lønn-Arnesen. Five songs were presented in the final with each song sung twice by different singers, once with a small combo and once with a full orchestra. The winning song was chosen by voting from a 14-member public jury who each awarded between 1 and 5 points per song.. "The First Day of Love" was performed in Norwegian as "Hvor er du" at MGP and was translated into English before going to Brighton.
|1||Jahn Teigen||Anne-Karine Strøm||"Hvor er du"||48||1|
|2||Dag Spantell||Ellen Nikolaysen||"Lys og mørke"||44||3|
|3||Anne Lise Gjøstøl||Dizzie Tunes||"Syng en liten melodi"||46||2|
|4||Lillian Harriet||Gro Anita Schønn||"Hvem"||29||5|
|5||Kjersti & Kirsti||Stein & Inger Lyse||"Yo-Yo"||34||4|
On the night of the final Strøm performed 4th in the running order, following Spain and preceding Greece. The voting for 1974 reverted to the one-point-per-jury-member system and at the close of voting "The First Day of Love" had picked up only 3 points (from Belgium, Monaco and Sweden), placing Norway joint last (with Germany, Portugal and Switzerland) of the 17 entries, the third time the country ended the evening at the foot of the scoreboard.