Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993
|Eurovision Song Contest 1993|
|Selection process||Melodi Grand Prix 1993|
|Selection date(s)||6 March 1993|
|Selected entrant||Silje Vige|
|Selected song||"Alle mine tankar"|
|Final result||5th, 120 points|
|Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Norway was represented by 16-year-old Silje Vige, with the song '"Alle mine tankar", at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 15 May in Millstreet, Ireland. "Alle mine tankar" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 6 March.
The MGP was held at the Chateau Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Ingunn Kyrkjebø. Eight songs took part with the winner being chosen by voting from eight regional juries. Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen, the previous year's singer Merethe Trøan, and Tor Endresen who would represent Norway in 1997.
|1||Rune Larsen & Helga Nilsen||"Det skulle vaert sommer"||37||7|
|2||Toni Gundersen||"Roser i regn"||48||4|
|3||New Jordal Swingers||"Comeback"||47||5|
|4||Silje Vige||"Alle mine tankar"||75||1|
|5||Stein Hauge & Kim Fairchild||"Foruten vind"||57||2|
|7||Merethe Trøan||"Din egen stjerne"||46||6|
On the night of the final Vige performed last in the running order, following Israel. "Alle mine tankar" was an unusually structured song with an instrumental arrangement featuring a bouzouki and an accordion, which commentators remarked as most un-Norwegian. The song began in a very gentle, low-key way before building to a still gentle yet catchy refrain. It was a distinctive song with which to close the contest, and received a very enthuisiatic response from the audience. At the close of voting "Alle mine tankar" had received 120 points, placing Norway 5th of the 25 entries, the country's first top 10 finish since 1988. It did however seem to have had a polarising effect on the other national juries – it had received maximum 12s from Croatia, Greece and Finland, and second-place 10s from four other countries, yet nine of the juries placed it outside their top 10 and awarded it no points at all. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Ireland.