The MGP was held at the Forum in Stavanger, hosted by Øystein Bache. Nine songs took part and were narrowed down to three finalists, which were voted on by an "expert" jury, a press jury and three public juries split by age group. Other participants included 1987's Kate Gulbrandsen, three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen and Tor Endresen, who would represent Norway in 1997.
On the night of the final Synnøve performed 8th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Portugal. Although "Venners nærhet" had been tipped as a likely top 10 contender, at the close of voting it had picked up only 30 points (the highest an 8 from Belgium), placing Norway a disappointing 17th of the 22 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom.