Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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Eurovision Song Contest 1968
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 1968
Selection date(s)2 March 1968
Selected entrantOdd Børre
Selected song"Stress"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result13th, 2 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Norway was represented by Odd Børre, with the song "Stress", at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in London.

"Stress" originally finished second in the 1968 Melodi Grand Prix on 3 March, but was promoted to the Norwegian entry when the winning song "Jeg har aldri vært så glad i noen som deg" was withdrawn from the contest by its composer amid persistent allegations that it plagiarised the 1963 hit "Summer Holiday" by Cliff Richard – who was the United Kingdom's representative in the 1968 contest.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Melodi Grand Prix 1968[edit]

Melodi Grand Prix 1968 was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Jan Voigt.

Five performers and songs took part 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 ten regional juries.[1]

MGP - 3 March 1968
Draw Combo Orchestra Song Points Place
1 Per Asplin Nora Brockstedt "Nysgjerrig-Per" 4 4
2 Kirsti Sparboe Odd Børre "Stress" 14 2
3 Nora Brockstedt Per Müller "Nordlys" 10 3
4 Kirsti Sparboe Odd Børre "Jeg har aldri vært så glad i noen som deg" 20 1 (W/D)
5 Per Müller Per Asplin "Ingenmannsland" 2 5

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Børre performed 13th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Ireland. Each national jury had 10 points to distribute between the songs, and at the close "Stress" had picked up 2 points (1 each from Luxembourg and Spain), placing Norway joint 13th (with Austria and Switzerland) of the 17 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded 6 of its 10 points to Sweden.[2]



  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1968
  2. ^ ESC History - Norway 1968
  3. ^ a b "Results of the Final of London 1968". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 8 April 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.