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Norway
Norway

Capital city Oslo
Population 4,770,000
Area 385,155 km²
Internet TLD no
Member station NRK
National selection events Melodi Grand Prix
Appearances
Appearances 51
First appearance 1960
Best result 1st: 1985,1995,2009
Worst result Last: 1963,1969,1974,1976,19781981,1990,1997,2001,2004,2012

History
Norway has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1960 and only been absent twice: in 1970, when they boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, when they did not qualify.Norway won the contest in 2009, having previously won twice, in 1985 with Bobbysocks’ performance of “La det swinge” (Let It Swing) and in 1995 with Secret Garden’s mainly instrumental, Celtic-influenced ethno-piece “Nocturne”. Despite these successes, the country also holds the unfortunate distinction of having scored the most “nul points” (zero points) in competition history, namely four times. They have also come last eleven times, which is also a record. In 2009, it set itself three more records of which to be far more proud, when it claimed the 2009 title with the most votes in Eurovision history, winning 387 points and having the biggest gap between first and second place. They also held the record for most 12 points earned by a country in one contest, receiving the highest score from sixteen countries, but this was beaten by Sweden in 2012.

1960


“Voi Voi” (supposed Sami expression meaning “Hey Hey”) was the Norwegian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960, performed in Norwegian by Nora Brockstedt. This was Norway’s debut at the Eurovision Song Contest, and consequently the first occasion on which the Norwegian language was used at the Contest. The title being in Sami was also the first use of the language in the Contest, the next entry being Sámiid Ædnan in 1980.
The song was performed sixth on the night, following Belgium’s Fud Leclerc with “Mon amour pour toi” and preceding Austria’s Harry Winter with “Du hast mich so fasziniert”. At the close of voting, it had received 11 points, placing 4th in a field of 13.

lyrics
Voi voi
In a little valley, far up North
Where the sun shines all night long
In a little valley, way up North
I heard a Sami girl sing

It seems the song arrived on a wind
The wind from the south brought it over the sea
The girl was so fair and light at heart
And rhythm was her gift at the cradle

In a little valley, happy as few others were
I heard a song that went like this:

Voi voi, way up in the mountains
Can you hear this greeting from me
Voi voi, I want to tell you that I’m waiting for you
Voi voi, time is standing still
When I’m waiting for my sweetheart
Voi voi, our fate was that I were to be yours

Voi voi, in a few days it will be Saturday you know
Voi voi, then a wonderful dream will become reality
Voi, soon you’ll come down to the valley and your sweetheart
Voi voi, the week is over, saturday night will be nice
Saturday night will be nice

Voi voi, in a few days it will be Saturday you know
Voi voi, then a beautiful dream will become reality
Voi, soon you’ll come down to the valley and your sweetheart
Voi voi, the week is over, saturday night will be nice
Saturday night will be nice, saturday night will be nice

Voi voi

1961


“Sommer i Palma” (“Summer in Palma”) was the Norwegian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961, performed in Norwegian by Nora Brockstedt.The song is in the chanson style, popular in the early years of the Contest. Brockstedt describes a romance at the Spanish holiday resort of Palma de Mallorca.
The song was performed twelfth on the night, following Belgium’s Bob Benny with “September, gouden roos” and preceding Denmark’s Dario Campeotto with “Angelique”. At the close of voting, it had received 10 points, placing 7th in a field of 16.

lyrics
Summer in Palma
I became your friend and whispered ‘darling’
Your only answer was ‘yes, yes’
Waves beat against the shore, the sun is on fire
Summer at Palma beach

Say ‘my love’, be my love
Can you see the palms are trembling?
Seabirds are hovering
All in sweet harmony

Say ‘my love’, be my love
Hear the guitars are playing our melody
The prayer of night: Come to me, darling

I don’t understand you language, it’s like music
But I understand the looks you are sending
Let me once again hear its tone
Listen to the song of the south

Say ‘my love’, be my love
Can you see the palms are trembling?
Seabirds are hovering
All in sweet harmony

Be my love, say ‘my love’
Hear the guitars are playing our melody
The prayer of night: Come to me, darling

1962


“Kom sol, kom regn” (“Come sun, come rain”) was the Norwegian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1962, performed in Norwegian by Inger Jacobsen.
he song was performed tenth on the night, following France’s Isabelle Aubret with “Un premier amour” and preceding Switzerland’s Jean Philippe with “Le retour”. At the close of voting, it had received 2 points, placing 10th in a field of 16. The unusually high place for a comparatively small number of points is because at this Contest, four entries failed to record a point.

lyrics
Come sun, come rain
Come sun, come rain, come what may come
As long as you are here
Come sun, come rain, as long as we exist
For you, for me, happiness is always close

Rain becomes sunshine when only you smile at me
The two of us walk along the path of summer
Come sun, some rain, what could happen when I
Have everything I could wish for in you

I hoped many times: A day must come, my day
But the doubt planted seeds of unease in my mind
My world was so stressful, and I went along with its rush
But then you came and then the world was mine

Come sun, come rain, the only thing I know
Our happiness remains with us when we
Hold on to our love

1963


“Solhverv” (“Solstice”) was the Norwegian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1963, performed in Norwegian by Anita Thallaug.The song is in the chanson style, popular in the early years of the Contest.
At the close of voting, it had received the dreaded nul points, placing 13th (equal last) in a field of 16. This was the first occasion on which Norway had failed to score a point in Contest history, and the country would go on to claim the unwanted record of the most zeroes.
In the Norwegian final, it was sung by Nora Brockstedt (with the big orchestra) and Jan Høiland (with the small orchestra), but Brockstedt was fully booked and didn’t have the time to go to London. Anita Thallaug was selected to go to London, but never recorded the song. It was issued in a version by Jan Høiland, using the big orchestra arrangement, but it was not a bestseller in Norway.

lyrics
Solstice
In the embrace of the winter night with stars without names
When snow, ice and frost covers everything on earth
A morning ready for dawn and night becomes day again
An hour of dawn beats for my tired heart

When the sun has turned its course
And the day has lit its lights
When you are with me, then the night is over
We’re humming a happy melody

Now we walk with spring in our minds
Towards summer and heat from the sun
And the days come, and the days go
In the dawning spring of love

My own, you are so dear to me
You’re the symbol of light
Our winter is distant, our summer is near
And you are my heart’s beloved

When the sun has turned its course
And the day has lit its lights
Our winter is distant, but our summer is near
In the sparkling glow of the morning sun

1964


Norway was represented by Arne Bendiksen, with the song ‘”Spiral”, at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 21 March in Copenhagen. “Spiral” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 15 February.The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Odd Grythe.
On the night of the final Bendiksen performed third in the running order, following the Netherlands and preceding Denmark. Each national jury awarded 5-3-1 to their top three songs, and at the close “Spiral” had picked up 6 points (5 from Denmark and 1 from Finland), placing Norway 8th of the 16 entries.

lyrics
Spiral
Life has finally taken shape, I feel good looking and cute
Floating drunk with happiness around in a cornet
Beneath a pink balloon

The world is all sun, the balloon is my symbol
Oh, how I’m floating, oh, how I’m alive
Bong

Humming a tune happily, going home from a successful ball
The moon guides me smiling happily at me
My brain like an empty shell

I simply exist on this road
Dancing on while my thoughts spiral

Pull yourself together, my friend, where are the ideas going
To the point in the refrain
That keeps returning

Life has finally taken shape, I feel good looking and cute
Floating drunk with happiness around in a cornet
Beneath a pink balloon

The world is all sun, the balloon is my symbol
Oh, how I’m floating, oh, how I’m alive
Bong

Life has finally taken shape, I feel good looking and cute
Floating drunk with happiness, around in a cornet
Beneath a pink balloon

The world is all sun, the balloon is my symbol
Bong bong bong bong
Oh, how I’m floating, oh, how I’m alive
Bong… bong

1965


Norway was represented by Kirsti Sparboe, with the song ‘”Karusell”, at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 20 March in Naples, Italy. “Karusell” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 13 February. This was the first of Sparboe’s three Eurovision appearances for Norway.The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Odd Grythe.
“Karusell” had picked up only 1 point (from Austria), placing Norway joint 13th (with Portugal) of the 18 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 5 points to the Netherlands.
lyrics
Merry-go-round
Mommy, I’m meeting our Kjell and our Arne now tonight
We’ll go Dutch for a ride on a fun merry-go-round

Mommy, who should I go with first?
Maybe Arne as he’s the biggest?
Yes, he’ll beat up Kjell if he pulls my ponytail
Or calls me his pop-girl

But when Arne and I go for a ride
Kjell becomes so incredibly cross
So I think it’s best we go all three
In a wagon large enough

Kjell Mommy, I’m in love with Kjell
Of course I’ll go with him all the same
As we race along I’ll give him a big hug
And then he can take me home

Poor Arne must stand there and watch
But I can’t let that bother me
I surely have enough with myself
Kjell While I’m racing along with our Kjell

While I’m racing along, while I’m racing along
While I’m racing on our merry-go-round

1966


Norway was represented by Åse Kleveland, with the song ‘”Intet er nytt under solen”, at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 March in Luxembourg City. “Intet er nytt under solen” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 5 February.The MGP was held at Centralteatret in Oslo, hosted by Øivind Bergh.
“Intet er nytt under solen” was an unusual and adventurous song for Eurovision at the time, with a sophisticated, atmospheric instrumental arrangement. Kleveland was the first female performer in Eurovision to appear on stage with a guitar. at the close “Intet er nytt under solen” had picked up 15 points (5 from Italy, 3s from Austria, Spain and Sweden, and 1 from Germany), placing Norway third of the 18 entries. This was Norway’s best Eurovision showing at the time, and would remain so until the victory of Bobbysocks! in 1985. Kleveland went on to present the 1986 contest in Bergen, the first to be hosted by Norway.

lyrics

There’s nothing new under the sun
I know an old man, someone who has lived for a long time
I know an old man, someone who has lived for a long time
He’s so kind asking me wWhat has happened to me
And if the sun has burnt me

I talk and seek comfort, he rocks in his chair
He says with a broken voice: There’s nothing new under the sun

But what does it matter if things happened before me?
But what does it matter if things happened before me?
No, what makes me hurt so much with all that he knew
That his eyes were sad

What can I wait for myself, there in that rocking chair?
When he’s so sad there now
There’s nothing new under the sun

1967


Norway was represented by Kirsti Sparboe, with the song ‘”Dukkemann”, at the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 8 April in Vienna. “Dukkemann” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 25 February. This was the second of Sparboe’s three Eurovision appearances for Norway.The MGP was held at Centralteatret in Oslo, hosted by Jan Voigt. Ten performers and five 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.
Each national jury had 10 points to distribute between the songs, and at the close “Dukkemann” had picked up 2 points (1 each from the Netherlands and Sweden), placing Norway joint 14th (with Austria and the Netherlands) of the 17 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded 7 of its 10 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.

lyrics
Puppet man
There was a sweet little puppet man
Someone so free and bold and happy
He was laughing at all the other puppets, he, oh yes…

Cause this particular puppet man
Imagine, he was sharper than most
He said, all of them are hanging on a string

He laughed at all the stupid little puppets dancing
At the command of something they didn’t understand
He howled with laughter, but suddenly stopped
Because his string was cut in half

And look, our particular puppet man
He understood: If the dance is to go on
Then you have to jump about like all on a string

He laughed at all the stupid little puppets dancing
At the command of something they didn’t understand
He howled with laughter, but suddenly stopped
Because his string was cut in half

Thus our particular puppet man became
Lifeless and had to understand:
A string has a spool and if you want to count
You must jump like everyone on a string

1968


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 “Jag har aldri vært så glad i no’en 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 ironically was the United Kingdom’s singer in the 1968 contest. This is the only occasion on which the MGP winner did not go forward to Eurovision.The MGP was held at Centralteatret in Oslo, hosted by Jan Voigt.
“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.

lyrics
Stress
Must… must… must… must… must… must hurry up and
Go… go… go… go… go… go so that I can
Catch… catch… catch… catch… catch the last bus home

Have… have… have… have… have… have… have a
Nice… nice… nice… nice… nice… nice day, don’t forget to
Take… take… take… take… take sleeping pills

Small doses are good, must relax a little
Turn on your radio, you do have ear plugs

Be… be… be… be… be… be… be in touch when
We… we… we… we… we… we get some more
Time… time… time… time… time, the last bus is about to leave

But sometime, maybe next year
We will have time for everything
Sometime, maybe next year
Just relax, walk about

Ma… ma… ma… ma… ma… ma… many more
Things… things… things… things… things… things… things I should’ve
Chat… chat… chat… chat… chat… chatted with you about

But… but… but… but… but… but all that will have to
Wait… wait… wait… wait… wait until I see you a-
Gain… gain… gain… gain… gain, the last bus is about to leave

Try meditation, try tea with lemon
Take a small drink, yes, you must be good

Must… must… must… must… must… must hurry up and
Go… go… go… go… go… go so that I can
Catch… catch… catch… catch… catch the last bus home

1969


Norway was represented by Kirsti Sparboe, with the song ‘”Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli”, at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 29 March in Madrid. “Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 1 March. This was the last of three Eurovision appearances in five years for Sparboe.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Janka Polyani. Other performers included the previous year’s Norwegian singer Odd Børre and Lill-Babs, who had sung for Sweden in 1961.
“Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli” was one of the many uptempo pop offerings which dominated the 1969 contest, but appeared not to have been able to distinguish itself from the crowd, as at the close of voting the song had received only 1 point (from Sweden), placing Norway last of the 16 entries, the country’s second time at the foot of the scoreboard.

lyrics
Wow, wow, wow, how happy I’ll be
Wow, wow, wow, how happy I’ll be
When he no longer has someone on the side
Wow, wow, wow, then I’ll have a party
And I will be the only guest

Wow, wow, wow, how happy I’ll be
When I can set all the competition free
Wow, wow, wow, alone with you
Yes, that’s top of the world for me

I’ve got the world’s most handsome guy, that’s for sure
But he has too much of an appetite for miniskirt-invites
He runs after Eva, Lise and Anne
Frolicking like a fish in the sea

But every time he sets sails
I dream with all my heart:

Wow, wow, wow, how happy I’ll be
When he no longer has someone on the side
Wow, wow, wow, then I’ll have a party
And I will be the only guest

Wow, wow, wow, how happy I’ll be
When I can set all the competition free
Wow, wow, wow, alone with you
Yes, that’s top of the world for me

La la la la la la la la… la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la… la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la… la la la la la la la…

Wow, wow, wow, wow

1971


Norway was represented by 15 year-old Hanne Krogh, with the song ‘”Lykken er”, at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in Dublin. “Lykken er” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 20 February.”Lykken er” marked Norway’s return to Eurovision after their first of only two absences to date since their debut, when they were one of five nations to boycott the 1970 contest in protest at the four-way tie in 1969 and the fact that they (along with Finland and Sweden) considered that the voting system of the late 1960s tended to place the Nordic countries at a disadvantage.
The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Jan Voigt.Other participants included past and future Norwegian representatives Inger Jacobsen, Odd Børre and Anne-Karine Strøm. “Lykken er” (translated as “Happiness Is”) was little more than a list of pleasant things and experiences which Krogh enjoyed, leading to much comment that it was an overly-obvious attempt to replicate the previous year’s winner “All Kinds of Everything”, with a good dash of “My Favourite Things” from The Sound of Music thrown in for good measure. At MGP Krogh had performed in normal teenage attire, but in Dublin she sang dressed in a Victorian gown, complete with a parasol which she opened, closed and twirled throughout the song. At the close of voting “Lykken er” had picked up 65 points, placing Norway 17th of the 18 entries, ahead only of Malta. The poor result was largely attributed to the fact that the whole package of song, performance and presentation was much too cute, precious and twee for its own good, and was likely to have left a negative impression with the voters.

lyrics
Happiness is
There is happiness on earth, just not where you expect
It’s not money in the bank, a tiger in your petrol-tank
Happiness is all you wish for

Happiness is a bucket of sand in the small hand of a child
Happiness is a greeting from the gang, breakfast in bed
Happiness is herring in dill

If you look around
A thousand things will give you some of the happiness you seek
Yes, it exists where you are
It’s only you it’s waiting for

Happiness is an old hat
Which used to belong to your best friend
Happiness is an hour in the bath, warm chocolate
Happiness is this and that

Happiness is crystal clear water
Your fingers in sand hot from the sun
Walking barefoot in the grass, with no address
Happiness is you and me

Happiness is to celebrate the end of high school
And to catch the last bus
The happiness is among the trees in the park
Hearts etched into the bark
Happiness is living it up

If you sing a song, try for once
To pretend it was written to you
Try this one
Happiness isafter all something you seek along the way

Happiness is a milk tooth, in a small glass of water
Getting tax money back, letting in the cat
Happiness is such and so

Happiness is like a wind, like a sunbeam in your heart
Happiness is the content of the song, small details
Happiness is yours and mine

Happiness is like a wind, like a sunbeam in your heart
Happiness is the content of the song, small details
Happiness is yours and mine

1972


Norway was represented by Grethe Kausland and Benny Borg, with the song ‘”Småting”, at the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 25 March in Edinburgh. “Småting” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 19 February.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Vidar Lønn-Arnesen.
On the night of the final Kausland and Borg performed 6th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Portugal. “Småting” was a rather old-fashioned song, lyrically very similar in theme to the previous year’s “Lykken er”, and at the close of voting had picked up 73 points, placing Norway 14th of the 18 entries.

lyrics
Little things
Saving up money, treasures or gold
Inherit a castle, we can
But what is that compared to everyday happiness?

Travel the world, feel free
Land on the moon, we can
But what is that, open your eyes and you’ll see…

Little things, little things, to be of use
Little things, little things, that’s to listen
Little things, little things, to be happy

Little things, little things, to talk about the weather
Little things, little things, to meet loved ones
Little things, little things, it’s a little song

Look forward to every day, there are so many different ones
There are days better than you expect
Cut down on your demands, stop all the stressing
Relax and smile, there is no doubt that

Little things, little things, to take a walk on the beach
Little things, little things, to write in the sand
Little things, little things, to watch a sunset

Look forward to every day, there are so many different ones
There are days better than you expect
Cut down on your demands, stop all the stressing
Relax and smile, there is no doubt that

Little things, little things, to take a walk on the beach
Little things, little things, to write in the sand
Little things, little things, to watch a sunset

To watch a sunset, to watch a sunset

Little things, little things, little things, little things

1973


Norway was represented by the Bendik Singers, with the song ‘”It’s Just a Game”, at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 April in Luxembourg City. “It’s Just a Game” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 17 February.The MGP was organised by broadcaster NRK at the Château Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Vidar Lønn-Arnesen. “It’s Just a Game” was performed in Norwegian at MGP, but with the introduction of the free-language rule in 1973 Norway was one of three countries (along with Finland and Sweden) who took the opportunity to translate their entry into English before the Eurovision final. The Bendik Singers included past and future Norwegian representatives Arne Bendiksen (1964), Anne-Karine Strøm (1974 & 1976) and Ellen Nikolaysen (1975).
“It’s Just a Game” was an unusually structured song for Eurovision, featuring jazz-influenced freestyle vocal interplay, and proved distinctive enough to earn Norway its first top 10 placing since 1966, finishing the evening in 7th place with 89 points. This proved to be Norway’s only top 10 ranking of the 1970s, and would not be bettered until the victory of Bobbysocks! in 1985.

lyrics

It’s just a game
Oh, when we
Pet, don’t you
Get all up-
Set, it’s a
Game, place your
Bet, play the
Game
Come on and join us
It’s a game of girl-and-boyness

To find the woman
Don’t make a big hassle
Don’t say “my soul”
It’s just a game
Ladies and gentlemen
Do your game, it’s just a
Game

Let’s not build a castle
My sweet girlfriend

Oh, I love you, I love you

Yes, I do
Always, always, yeah, fine

Find the
Woman, it’s
Not a
Tragedy
So, gentlemen
Ladies, a
Game
Come on and live now
Give all you can give now
Live and give and play the
Game

So don’t you upset her
Keep cool and you’ll get her
Hey, cats can play house here
But who is playing the mouse here?
Oh, what a game
It’s just a game
So it’s no wrong
To sing this song
‘Cause it has a moral
It’s to love an not to quarrel

It’s really much better

Keep cool and you’ll get her
It’s just a game

What a game, my God
My God, what a game
We’re giving our all and just living and balling
Oh good mercy

No don’t build a castle
Only say “I love you”

Darling, I love you

Oh darling
Sounds so good to me

So, don’t you
Fret, on your
Mark, now get
Set, come on
Make like a
Jet, ’cause this
Game
‘s a way to catch her
Come darlin’, my darling
Come, my darling, play the
Game

It’s just a game
Oh, what a game
Yes, yes, darling
Oh, we can see
Love…
Love’s a game so…
Mmm… cheers!

To find the woman
Don’t make a big hassle
Don’t say “my soul”
It’s just a game
Ladies and gentlemen
Do your game, it’s just a

Oh, when we
Pet, I won’t
Get all up-
Set, it’s a
Game, place your
Bet, play the

Oh my mother

Don’t make a big hassle

My sweet boyfriend
I love you
Do you love me?

So don’t you upset her
Stay loose and just pet her
Keep cool and you’ll get her
It’s just a game
You’ll find it’s much better
Keep in mind it’s just a

Yes, gentlemen
Ladies, a

Stay loose and just pet her
Don’t make a big hassle

I love you

I love you

To find the woman
Don’t make a big hassle
Don’t say “my soul”
It’s just a game
Ladies and gentlemen
Do your game, it’s just a
Yes, gentlemen
Ladies,

1974


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.
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.

lyrics

The first day of love
And today is the first day of living
‘Understanding’ – the word of the day
So with faith in the things we believe in
There will always be help on the way

We are changing the tide every hour
We are clearing the sky up above
And we know that with our newborn power
Every day is the first day of love

In our song – the final solution
We have used the words on the wall
Awaiting the love revolution
We all know the curtain will fall

Can’t you feel the silent ovation?
Don’t you know it’s only the start?
In tune with your own generation
You are finding love in your heart

And today is the first day of living
‘Understanding’ – the word of the day
So, with faith in the things we believe in
There will always be help on the way

We are changing the tide every hour
We are clearing the sky up above
And we know that with our newborn power
Every day is the first day of love

Even though we’re at the beginning
We are going down the same road
At last we can say we are winning
Wwe have help to carry our load

And today is the first day of living
‘Understanding’ – the word of the day
So, with faith in the things we believe in
There will always be help on the way

We are changing the tide every hour
We are clearing the sky up above
And we know that with our newborn power
Every day is the first day of love

1975


Norway was represented by Ellen Nikolaysen, with the song ‘”Touch My Life (With Summer)”, at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 March in Stockholm. “Touch My Life (With Summer)” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 25 January. Nikolaysen had previously sung for Norway as a member of the Bendik Singers in 1973 and had also provided backing vocals for Anne-Karine Strøm in 1974.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Bergljot Engeset.
On the night of the final Nikolaysen performed 6th in the running order, following Luxembourg and preceding Switzerland. At the close of voting “Touch My Life (With Summer)” had picked up only 11 points (7 from Italy and 2 each from Monaco and the Netherlands), placing Norway 18th of the 19 entries, ahead only of Turkey.

lyrics
Touch my life (with summer)
You came along and touched my life with summertime
And filled my soul with rays of golden sunshine
You made me feel that somethin’ real was waiting to be found
Changing my whole style, teaching me to smile

Every day, every way, let me stay in your summer
Summer, stay with me
Keep me warm, summer wine
Keep me warm, summertime

I feel the warmth of summer deep inside of me
And know the glow of love will show and free me
And when you’re gone, I’ll carry on with what you left in me
Something that will grow, everyone will know

Every day, every way, let me stay in your summer
Summer, stay with me
Keep me warm, summer wine
Keep me warm, summertime

I hope you’ll be returning when next summer comes
Then we’ll be three, together in the summer sun

1976


Norway was represented by Anne-Karine Strøm, with the song ‘”Mata Hari”, at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in The Hague. “Mata Hari” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 7 February. This was a third Eurovision appearance in four contests for Strøm.The MGP was held at Centralteatret in Oslo, hosted by Jan Voigt.
“Mata Hari” was an uptempo song which had been given a very contemporary disco arrangement, and prior to the contest had attracted more attention than was the norm for Norwegian entries at the time. It was not expected to challenge for the win as the consensus was that the title would be fought out between France and the United Kingdom, but was widely predicted as likely to give Norway one of its better placements to date. However things did not go to plan, and at the close of voting “Mata Hari” had picked up only 7 points (4 from Portugal and 3 from the Netherlands), placing Norway last of the 18 entries, the fourth time the country had finished the evening at the foot of the scoreboard. In the wake of the disastrous result, it was widely suggested that Strøm’s odd presentation – in which she appeared on stage in a very unflattering pair of sunglasses, which she proceeded at apparently random intervals to remove and wave around and then put back on again – may have been puzzling and distracting for viewers and juries.

lyrics
Mata Hari
There are days I just can’t make it even though I try to take it
When I wish that I could fake it, turn a page and start anew
In a world with no tomorrow, I could throw away my sorrow
And pretend you’d let me borrow all the magic and wonder of you
And for a while feel alive

Mata Hari, any man would pay the price of sweet surrender
Mata Hari, for the promise in your eyes – it was so tender
Those you conquered with your dance never did have a chance
You walked away laughing and left them alone with their shame

As our dreams are slowly dyin’, we find no escape in lyin’
Why should we go on denyin’ life is never what it seems?
But in times when I am lonely, I keep thinkin’ of you only
Even though you’d never known me, can’t you visit me once in my life
And let me feel you were real?

Mata Hari, any man would pay the price of sweet surrender
Mata Hari, for the promise in your eyes – it was so tender
Those you conquered with your dance – they never did have a chance
You walked away laughing and left them alone with their shame

Mata Hari, any man would pay the price of sweet surrender
Mata Hari, for the promise in your eyes – it was so tender
All the secrets sealed with their lips, they gave away for a kiss
The eye of the morning and star of the night was your name

1977


Norway was represented by Anita Skorgan, with the song ‘”Casanova”, at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 May in London. “Casanova” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 28 February. This was the first of three Eurovision appearances (and a further uncredited fourth) for Skorgan.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Vidar Lønn-Arnesen. Other participants included former Norwegian representatives Kirsti Sparboe (1965, 1967 and 1969), Odd Børre (1968) and Benny Borg (1972).
Like the previous year’s Norwegian entry “Mata Hari”, “Casanova” was an uptempo song with a disco-style arrangement, but for a second year the national juries showed that this was not the type of song they were looking for. At the close of voting “Casanova” had picked up only 18 points (the highest being 5s from Belgium and Italy), placing Norway joint 14th (with Portugal) of the 18 entries.
On the night of the broadcast, many viewers wondered why they were merely shown panning shots over the audience in between the songs, rather than the postcard-style clips of the next performers which had become traditional in the 1970s. It later transpired that the planned postcards had been filmed by the BBC during a night out for all the performers at a London nightclub, but when they were previewed NRK had objected as in several of the clips Skorgan could be seen drinking alcohol – at 18 years old she was below the age for legal alcohol consumption in Norway (although not in the United Kingdom) – and behaving in a manner which NRK deemed inappropriate.

lyrics
Casanova
Have you seen a cheerful man
Someone who thinks he has lots of charm
Don Juan of all times, calls himself Superman
I should know, I’m married to him

He left home a Friday night
Was going out for a walk and said goodbye
But now I’m a bit doubtful, his suit and car are gone
Can I take it all with a smile

Because he is the great Casanova
A great dancer, Don Juan of all times
Yes, he is the great Casanova
Top scores for style and charm

Have you seen a man, I only ask
Someone who thinks he has lots of charm
Don Juan of all times, calls himself Superman
Say hi and say I’m married to him

Because he is the great Casanova
A great dancer, Don Juan of all times
Yes, he is the great Casanova
Top scores for style and charm

Because he is the great Casanova
A great dancer, Don Juan of all times
Yes, he is the great Casanova
Top scores for style and charm

Because he is the great Casanova
A great dancer, Don Juan of all times
Yes, he is the great Casanova
Top scores for style and charm

Don Juan of all times, yeah

1978


Norway was represented by Jahn Teigen, with the song ‘”Mil etter mil”, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 April in Paris. “Mil etter mil” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 18 March.”Mil etter mil” is famous both for Teigen’s notoriously bizarre stage performance in Paris, and for being the first song ever to score nul-points under the 12 points voting system.Far from being bitter about, or humiliated by, his Eurovision disaster, Teigen would subsequently use his notoriety very cleverly to become one of the most successful artists on the Norwegian musical scene, and made two further appearances at Eurovision in 1982 and 1983.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Egil Teige.
His stage performance appeared inexplicable at the time, involving braces-twanging and a huge split leap into the air which were completely at odds with the nature of the song. However it was later rumoured that Teigen was unhappy with the new arrangement the song had been given by NRK following MGP, and had performed in a deliberately inappropriate manner to vent his displeasure. Nevertheless the performance soon entered Eurovision legend, and is invariably included in montages put together to illustrate the contest’s more absurd moments.Although it is generally agreed that “Mil etter mil” was by no means the worst song of the night in a particularly weak contest, no national jury had been persuaded to cast any votes in Norway’s direction, and they finished at the bottom of the scoreboard for a fifth time. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Ireland. It was also noticed that, had the Norwegian jury not awarded Finland its only 2 points of the evening, they would not have been alone at the foot of the table.

lyrics
Mile after mile
Rest now, you are worn out
Rest your body, before your power ebbs out
Water is trickling into your shoes
You are walking in the rain

Mile after mile after mile
After mile after mile after mile

Search me if you’re longing
Think in a different direction
Come here, where I am, where the sun is near
You can’t go

Mile after mile after mile
After mile after mile after mile

And it’s far to go
It is your longing that drives you
Towards a light that you see
But I can’t

Just think
Where will you end
You have walked too long

Mile after mile after mile
After mile after mile after mile

Just think now
Where are you going
You have walked too long

Mile after mile after mile
After mile after mile after mile
After mile after mile after mile
After mile after mile after mile
After mile

1979


Norway was represented by Anita Skorgan, with the song ‘”Oliver”, at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 31 March in Jerusalem. “Oliver” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 10 February. This was the second of three Eurovision appearances (and a further uncredited fourth) for Skorgan.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Egil Teige. Future Eurovision winner Hanne Krogh also took part.
At the close of voting “Oliver” had picked up 57 points (the highest being 10 from Sweden), placing Norway 11th of the 19 entries.

lyrics
Oliver
(Do you, do you want the next dance?)
(Do you, do you want the next dance with me?)

Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Dance, now you’ve got your chance
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Let the next dance, let the next dance be mine

The discotheque is loud, there is a fog of smoke everywhere
In the crowd I’m searching for you
Four weeks today since we went separate ways
I guess you’re happy now
But if you walk by I’ll say:
(Do you want the next dance?)

Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Dance, now you’ve got your chance
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Let the next dance, let the next dance be mine
Oliver…

Fashionable and in
Yes, clothes can make anybody look so right
But now I think the clown is rather sad
Whoa… do you come here, even when your costume is worn out
And people can see who you are?
Then you are at my door like before
(Do you want the next dance?)

Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Dance, now you’ve got your chance
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Give me a dance, dance with me now

Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Dance, take a chance on me
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Let the next dance, let the next dance be mine

(Dance with me Oliver, Oliver)
Dance, now you’ve got your chance
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Let the next dance, let the next dance be mine

(Dance with me Oliver, Oliver)
Dance, now you’ve got your chance
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Let the next dance, let the next dance be mine

(Dance with me Oliver, Oliver)
Dance, now you’ve got your chance
Dance with me Oliver, Oliver
Let the next dance, let the next dance be mine

1980


Norway was represented by Sverre Kjelsberg and Mattis Hætta, with the song ‘”Sámiid Ædnan”, at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 19 April in The Hague. “Sámiid Ædnan” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 22 March and remains one of the best-remembered Norwegian entries, particularly in Norway itself.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Norway’s 1966 representative Åse Kleveland.
The song was very unusual for Eurovision both structurally and thematically, and the stage presentation, although simple and gimmick-free, proved very memorable to viewers and frequently features in Eurovision montages. At the close of voting “Sámiid Ædnan” had received 15 points, placing Norway 16th of the 19 entries.

lyrics
Lapland
A simple tune, two small words: Lapland, Lapp earth
It came with the wind from north, from north, Lapland

Can a demand get any softer: Lapland, the land of the Lapps
It grew from a breeze to a storm, from a breeze to a storm, Lapland

In front of the parliament where they sat, Lapland, Lapland
The joik was heard day and night, Lapland

In front of the parliament where they sat, oj…
The joik was heard day and night, Lapland

Joik is stronger than gunpowder, Lapland
Because a joik never ends, oh… Lapland

Because a joik never ends, Lapland

1981


Norway was represented by Finn Kalvik, with the song ‘”Aldri i livet”, at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 April in Dublin. “Aldri i livet” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 7 March.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by the previous year’s Norwegian performer Sverre Kjelsberg.
Kalvik performed the low-key ballad seated and strumming a guitar, and it was surmised that the song may have suffered by being sandwiched between the Irish and British entries, both of which were uptempo, instantly catchy pop songs with eye-catching stage presentations. “Aldri i livet” got totally lost, and at the close of voting had failed register any score, giving Norway a second nul-points in four contests and a sixth time at the foot of the scoreboard.

lyrics
Never in my life
(Never in my life, never in my life)

The dawn is humming a soft, carefree song
Like when I saw you for the first time
In your timeless eyes there are answers
That no one else that I know has

Every time I go away, do you think of me then?
Every time I go away, do not forget the promise I made:

Never in my life have I thought of leaving you
Never in my life, my friend, before I join the wind

Never in my life have I thought of leaving you
Never in my life, my friend, before I join the wind

You have given life a new harmony
The time in loneliness is gone
I have been blinded, but now I can see
Darling, because you have taught me how

Every time I go away, do you think of me then?
Every time I go away, do not forget the promise I made:

Never in my life have I thought of leaving you
Never in my life, my friend, before I join the wind

Never in my life have I thought of leaving you
Never in my life, my friend, before I join the wind

(Never in my life, never in my life)
(Never in my life, never in my life)

1982


Norway was represented by Jahn Teigen and Anita Skorgan, with the song ‘”Adieu”, at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 24 April in Harrogate, England. “Adieu” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 20 March. This was a second Eurovision appearance for Teigen and a third for Skorgan.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Ivar Dyrhaug.
Clocking in at only 2 minutes 10 seconds, “Adieu” was one of the shortest songs ever in a Eurovision final. At the close of voting “Adieu” had picked up 40 points (the highest a 10 from Germany), placing Norway 12th of the 18 entries.

lyrics
Goodbye
Tell me, what does goodbye mean?
Is it only sad, something that hurts you?
Believe me, we can say goodbye
Not like the last time, when I left you
I will always remember you as a friend
If we never see each other again

We have our memories, they will never die
Now the time has come, to say goodbye

Tell me, what does goodbye mean?
Can it have any worth if all belongs to the past?
Believe me, we will say goodbye
Show love if we split up completely
I will always remember you as a friend
If we never see each other again

We have our memories, they will never die
Now the time has come, to say goodbye
Goodbye

1983


Norway was represented by Jahn Teigen, with the song ‘”Do Re Mi”, at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 April in Munich. “Do Re Mi” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 25 February. This was the third and final Eurovision appearance by Teigen. Although uncredited on this occasion, one of his backing singers was Anita Skorgan, making her fourth appearance in seven years.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Ivar Dyrhaug.
At the close of voting “Do Re Mi” had picked up 53 points (the highest being 8s from Denmark and the Netherlands), placing Norway joint 9th (with Austria) of the 20 entries, the country’s first top 10 finish since 1973.

lyrics
Do re mi
The scale is a song, by itself
So simple and nice, by itself
The guitar creates a song through magic
Piano and guitar, together
Strings making sound, together
Harmonies bring out a little song

Everywhere there are refrains
The scale is all you need
Sing

Do re mi fa sol
(Do re mi fa sol la ti do, do re mi fa sol)
La ti do
(Do re mi fa sol la ti do)
Do re mi fa sol
(Do re mi fa sol la ti do, do re mi fa sol)
La ti do
(Do re mi fa sol la ti do)

Some play better alone
Some sing more alone
But we all produce a little song
Let’s play more together
We’ll make it together
Sing as well as you can a little song

Everywhere there are refrains
The scale is all you need
Sing

Do re mi fa sol
(Do re mi fa sol la ti do, do re mi fa sol)
La ti do
(Do re mi fa sol la ti do)

Do re mi fa sol la ti do, do re mi fa sol
Do re mi fa sol la ti do
Do re mi fa sol la ti do, do re mi fa sol
Do re mi fa sol la ti do

Do re mi

1984


Norway was represented by duo Dollie de Luxe, with the song ‘”Lenge leve livet”, at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Luxembourg City. “Lenge leve livet” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 7 April.
At the close of voting “Lenge leve livet” had picked up 29 points (the highest an 8 from Sweden), placing Norway 17th of the 19 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Denmark.

lyrics
Long live life
Long live life, we never know where we will end up
Long live the belief in a life

Heaven and hell above us all
Nobody understands, everybody knows, nobody sees
How many more martyrs has to fall
Before we have to see what is happening?

Long live life, we never know where we will end up
Long live hope, we stand together no matter what happens
Long live the belief that enemies can become friends
Long live the belief in a life

Nobody understands that it affects all of us
Nobody understands how this can happen
Weapons become warm while bodies become cold
All fighting all, though nobody is participating

Long live life, we never know where we will end up
Long live hope, we stand together no matter what happens
Long live the belief that enemies can become friends
Long live the belief in a life
(No matter what happens, what happens)

Long live life, we never know where we will end up
Long live hope, we stand together no matter what happens
Long live the belief that enemies can become friends
Long live the faith in a life, no matter what happens

Long live life, w e never know where we will end up
Long live…

1985


Norway was represented by Bobbysocks!, with the song ‘”La det swinge”, at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. “La det swinge” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 30 March, and went on to bring Norway a famous first Eurovision victory after decades of being the butt of jokes about their status as Eurovision’s perennial also-rans. It was admitted that the lyrics of “La det swinge” had been written with the specific intention of avoiding those Norwegian consonant combinations which had been said to sound harsh in song to non-Scandinavian ears.
Bobbysocks! were Elisabeth Andreassen and Hanne Krogh, who both had previous Eurovision experience – Krogh as a 15 year-old for Norway in 1971 and Andreassen for Sweden in 1982. Both would make further appearances for Norway, Krogh in 1991 and Andreassen in 1994 and 1996.The MGP was held at the Château Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Rita Westvik.
The voting in 1985 was particularly disparate, with points being spread all across the board to a much greater extent than usual. However at the close of voting “La det swinge” had picked up 123 points, enough for victory by an 18-point margin over runners-up Germany, although the total was and remains the lowest-ever winning score under the 12 points system. “La det swinge” appeared to have sharply divided opinion with the national juries, as it had received an unusually high eight maximum 12 points votes – from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom – while the remaining ten juries had awarded it only 27 points between them.

lyrics
Let it swing
From a radio old melodies flow
And I wake up and ask myself what’s going on
Are it only dreams and fantasies
When I feel that it’s swinging more and more?

Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll
Let it swing until you lose all control
Oh hi ho…
Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll

Let the music live, never let the rhythm stop
Can you feel that you’re alive right here, right now?
Can you feel how much you want to dance?
Oh… and do you hear your heart beating on and on?

Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll
Let it swing until you lose all control
Oh hi ho…
Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll

Can you feel how much you want to dance?
And do you hear your heart beating on and on
And on?

Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll
Let it swing until you lose all control
Oh hi ho…
Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll

Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll
Let it swing until you lose all control
Oh hi ho…
Let it swing, let it rock ‘n’
Swing, let it roll ‘n’
Swing, let it rock ‘n’ roll

1986


Norway played host to the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, so the country was automatically entered into the final in Bergen.
The Norwegian national final to select their entry, the Melodi Grand Prix 1986, was held on 22 March at the Stavanger Forum convention center in Stavanger, and was hosted by actor Jarl Goli.The winning entry was “Romeo,” composed and performed by Ketil Stokkan.
Stokkan performed fourth on the night of the contest, following France and preceding the United Kingdom. At the close of the voting the song had received 44 points, placing 12th in a field of 20 competing countries.

lyrics
Romeo
I remember the first time you asked me over
I was shy, but in the mood for love
Now the passion was to be tempted out
It was too late to get nervous

I bought flowers and borrowed clothes
To show my true desire
But when I said ‘welcome on board’
I got to hear a few well-chosen words:

Romeo, Romeo, the Gods shall know that you never will become a
Romeo, Romeo, try to take it easy

I made attempts at seducing you
You asked for time to understand
My greatest pleasure was to touch you
My biggest stupidity was to feel you up

I played the part of lover and joker
In the hope that we would become a couple
But when you saw that I expected more
I got to hear of a well-known partner

Romeo, Romeo, the Gods shall know that you never will become a
Romeo, Romeo, try to take it easy

Romeo, Romeo, the Gods shall know that you never will become a
Romeo, Romeo, try to take it easy

And when I fell down on my knees and begged
You came towards me and said…
You said:

Romeo, Romeo, the Gods shall know that you never will become a
Romeo, Romeo, try to take it easy

…meo, Romeo, the Gods shall know that you never will become a
Romeo, Romeo, try to take it easy
Romeo

1987


Norway was represented by Kate Gulbrandsen, with the song ‘”Mitt liv”, at the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 April in Brussels. “Mitt liv” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 28 February.The MGP was held at the Château Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Eldbjørg Vaage. Other participants included 1981 Norwegian entrant Finn Kalvik and Tor Endresen, making the first of seven appearances at MGP before finally being successful on his eighth attempt in 1997.
At the close of voting “Mitt liv” had picked up 65 points (the highest a 10 from Sweden), placing Norway 9th of the 22 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Yugoslavia.

lyrics
My life
Now the limelight has been lit, a voice whispers anxiously
What have I to say? Will I dare to walk forward?
Do I dare to meet them? Do I have enough to give?
I have to seize the chance now
But can I trust myself, my life

Now I’m standing in front of a road, only I can walk
A future in my hands
And a goal only I can catch
No one can take my dream away from me, it is my life

I’m looking for answers
All the thoughts I have, make me doubt
But that won’t stop me
I want to go my own way and I dare to say
Now it’s me it’s all about
Now I’m going to trust myself, my life

Now I’m standing in front of a road, only I can walk
A future in my hands
And a goal only I can catch
No one can take my dream away from me

In front of a road, only I can walk
A future in my hands
And a goal only I can reach
No one can take away from me
No one can take away my dream from me
My dream

1988


Norway was represented by Karoline Krüger, with the song ‘”For vår jord”, at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 30 April in Dublin. “For vår jord” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 26 March.The MGP was held at the Château Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Dan Børge Akerø. Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen and Tor Endresen, who would represent Norway in 1997.
On the night of the final Krüger performed 15th in the running order, following Greece and preceding Belgium. The gentle, melodic song was given a sophisticated, understated stage presentation with Krüger seated at a grand piano. At the close of voting “For vår jord” had picked up 88 points (including a maximum 12 from the United Kingdom), placing Norway 5th of the 21 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Sweden.

lyrics
For our earth
No one knows who she is
No one dares to go too close
Where she stands with loud cries
And large eyes that never meet ours
She looks into forgotten lands
People believe she has lost her mind

She is among those guarding the flame (for our earth)
One of those keeping the branches together (for our earth)
She sees that the earth is our mother, stand guard, for our earth

Everyone looks in another direction
The chattering dies out, we exchange glances and smile
Her screams are without skin
She carries a message from the earth

She is among those guarding the flame (for our earth)
One of those keeping the branches together (for our earth)

She is among those struggling in the current (for our earth)
One of those who never wake from the dream (for our earth)
She sees that the earth is our mother
(Stand guard) and let the flame burn
(Stand guard) no matter what happens
(Stand guard) for our earth

1989


Norway was represented by Britt Synnøve, with the song ‘”Venners nærhet”, at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 May in Lausanne, Switzerland. “Venners nærhet” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 11 March.The MGP was held at the Forum in Stavanger, hosted by Øystein Bache.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.
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.

lyrics
The closeness of friends
You seek out my thoughts, I know what you will say
But if you told me what you know, the silence would remain

When the closeness of friends has become a threat
And smiles of hope are erased
Then come and wake me up, let’s dance
Then you’ll remain mine, you are my friend

I know you are small, but still very big
You want to embrace the whole world, I greet you, brother

When the closeness of friends has become a threat
And smiles of hope are erased
Then come and wake me, let’s dance
Then you’ll remain mine, you are my friend

(Your voice has reached me, and I let you in)
For there is room for us both, for thoughts and minds

When the closeness of friends has become a threat
And smiles of hope are erased
Then come and wake me, let’s dance
Then you’ll remain mine, you are my friend

1990


Norway was represented by Ketil Stokkan, with the song ‘”Brandenburger Tor”, at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Zagreb. “Brandenburger Tor” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 24 March. Stokkan had previously represented Norway in 1986.The MGP was held at the Hotel Royal Christiania in Oslo, hosted by Leif Erik Forberg.Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen and Tor Endresen, who would represent Norway in 1997.
The song’s subject matter was the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it was only one of several songs in the contest with ‘peace, hope and unity’ lyrical content. At the close of voting “Brandenburger Tor” had received only 8 points (4 from Israel, 3 from Ireland and 1 from Denmark), placing Norway joint last (with Finland) of the 22 entries. Not even the German jury had been persuaded to vote for the song. This was the seventh time Norway finished the evening at the bottom of the scoreboard.

lyrics
The Brandenburg Gate
An entire world was present
To share what happened this autumn
We saw people weeping from happiness
And a border opening towards the east
No one could avoid it, everyone was there
And got to see the Brandenburg Gate

Here we’re standing at the Brandenburg Gate
Hand in hand like yesterday
You and I at the Brandenburg Gate
We see the Brandenburg Gate
Yes, we see the Brandenburg Gate

An entire people wished to live
And tell about their rich culture
We saw the truth out in the open on TV
From a part of town hidden behind a wall
The city lifted its veil, everything looks like it used to
To us, at the Brandenburg Gate

Here we’re standing at the Brandenburg Gate
Hand in hand like yesterday
You and I at the Brandenburg Gate
We see the Brandenburg Gate

After many long years
A new spring for the Brandenburg Gate

Here we’re standing at the Brandenburg Gate
Hand in hand like yesterday
You and I at the Brandenburg Gate
We see the Brandenburg Gate

(Here we’re standing at the Brandenburg Gate)
Hand in hand like yesterday
You and I at the Brandenburg Gate
We see the Brandenburg Gate

(Here we’re standing at the Brandenburg Gate)
Hand in hand like yesterday
You and I at the Brandenburg Gate
We see the Brandenburg Gate
Yes, we see the Brandenburg Gate

1991


Norway entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 with Just 4 Fun and “Mrs. Thompson”. The group were internally selected by Norwegian broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) to compete for Norway at the contest, held in Rome, Italy.For the first time, NRK held an internal selection to select the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1991. NRK had continuously used the Melodi Grand Prix contest to select the Norwegian entry for Eurovision, however for 1991 this was not used.
The group selected were Just 4 Fun, who were an amalgamation of four popular singers, Marianne Antonsen, Jan Groth, Eiríkur Hauksson and Hanne Krogh. Hauksson had previously represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, as part of the group ICY with “Gleðibankinn”, while Krogh represented Norway twice before, in Eurovision Song Contest 1971 with “Lykken er” and Eurovision Song Contest 1985, as part of duo Bobbysocks that won the contest for Norway.
Norway received 14 points in total, receiving 6 points from Iceland, 4 points from Germany, 2 points from Denmark, and 1 point each from Luxembourg and Turkey, placing 17th in a field of 23.

lyrics
Mrs. Thompson
The underground is always late, and the train’s don’t run
But you have to make it to work anyway
Your boss believes in overtime, otherwise you’re out
But it’s already 5 o’clock, so it’s evening

And on the train on the way home
When you fall asleep the dream comes by itself

Cause life is calling, your heart is beating
And can you hear it Mrs. Thompson?
And time is just passing by
But what are you doing Mrs. Thompson?
Come on

Parent-teacher meeting Monday
Tuesday in front of the TV-set
Wednesday, she does yoga by her self
Thursday, the girls come round
Friday, it’s the housework
Candles and red wine Saturday evening

The whole Sunday in bed
When she’s sleeping the dream returns once again

Cause life is calling, your heart is beating
But can you hear it Mrs. Thompson?
And time is just passing by
But what are you doing Mrs. Thompson?
Come on

Cause life is calling, your heart is beating
But can you hear it Mrs. Thompson?
And time is just passing by
But what are you doing Mrs. Thompson?

Let me introduce you to the great Mrs. Thompson
An everyday hero who leads the way
Go for it and do it Mrs. Thompson
Come on

Cause life is calling, your heart is beating
But can you hear it Mrs. Thompson?
And time is just passing by
But what are you doing Mrs. Thompson?

Let me introduce you to the great…

1992


Norway entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 with Merethe Trøan and “Visjoner” after she won the Norwegian pre-selection for the contest, Melodi Grand Prix 1992. At Eurovision, her performance received 23 points, placing her 18th of 23 competing countries.The 1992 edition of Melodi Grand Prix was held on 21 March at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, hosted by Elisabeth Andreasson and Jahn Teigen.

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Visions
Visions from a dream provides reflection and a prayer
Let the future belong to us, we only reep what we sow
What have we understood then, of the time that has passed?
Can the past carry the children of the future?

A century is ebbing out, a new era is knocking on our door
Has progress led us astray?
The fire of the past contains hot embers
Nature is wounded, values are at stake
Now we see all of yesterday’s mistakes

But the hope has been lit, it can never be too late
For knowledge to put down roots
Which provide us with courage and a will to create
Culture is a heritage for the people of our country
A mirror of times passed by

Give us a dawn with children’s laughter and song
We love our father and mother
We have love to give to our sister and brother
Give us a sunrise and let our dream be true
Together on the path of hope we walk hand in hand

We only have this earth, let tomorrow become a friend
Show love to your fellow man and you will have honesty in return
Let big and small share the same table
In a friendship which is alive and growing

Give us a dawn with children’s laughter and song
We love our father and mother
We have love to give to our sister and brother
Give us a sunrise and let our dream be true
Together on the path of hope we walk hand in hand

(Give us a dawn with children’s laughter and song)
(We love our father and mother)
(We have love to give to our sister and brother)
Give us a sunrise and let our dream be true
Together on the path of hope we walk hand in hand

1993


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. 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.

lyrics
All my thoughts
When I meet you in the street
And you stop and smile this strange smile
And you stand there, pretending nothing has happened
Afraid to meet my glance
No one can see it only you and I know it

When I meet you in the evening
And you look at me with this strange light
And you gently touch my hand when you walk past me
No one must see it, only you and I know it

All my thoughts, they fly to you
All my dreams are open
In all my rooms, I can only see you
You are lying in my bed sleeping

When you’re among your friends
And your beautiful laughter melts my skin
And you pretend you’ve never seen me before
You are like a distant and cool god
No one must see it, only you and I know it

All my thoughts, they fly to you
All my dreams are open
In all my rooms, I can only see you
You are lying in my bed sleeping

All my thoughts, they fly to you
All my dreams are open
In all my rooms, I can only see you
You are lying in my bed sleeping, sleeping

1994


Norway was represented by Elisabeth Andreassen and Jan Werner Danielsen, with the song ‘”Duett”, at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 30 May in Dublin. “Duett” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 26 March. This was the third of four Eurovision appearances by Andreassen.The MGP was held at the Oslo Spektrum, hosted by Tande-P. Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen and Tor Endresen, who would represent Norway in 1997.
The song was a traditional Eurovision-style ballad in a contest very heavily dominated by downtempo entries. At the close of voting “Duett” had received 76 points (the highest being a 10 from Cyprus), placing Norway 6th of the 25 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Ireland.

lyrics
Duet
With your song, warmth enters
Brings spring into a frozen mind
Through ice, the song finds its way
To a river, deep inside me

The ice melts, the river awakens
The power of the flood fills mind and body
First as tears from a spring
Inside yourself that breaks free

And now the waterfall is free and wild
Like dancers of fire, a powerful current
We are one with the warmth of our blood
With the strength of our faith in a song

Dare to give to set the spring loose
The song lives under everything that froze
The flood turns into a waterfall
The spring in crystal breaks through

And now the waterfall is free and wild
Like dancers of fire, a powerful current
We are one with the warmth of our blood
With the strength of our faith in a song

Free, like flames in a dance
Duet in mind and sense for the first time
We are one with the warmth of our blood
With the strength of our faith

In a song

1995


Norway’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 was “Nocturne” by Secret Garden. It went on to win that year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, marking Norway’s second first place finish in its history in the Contest. It was the second time Norway won the contest, after it had won in 1985 with Bobbysocks! song “La det swinge”. For their performance at the Contest the Secret Garden duo of Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Løvland featured two guest musicians; Norwegian vocalist Gunnhild Tvinnereim and Swedish nyckelharpist Åsa Jinder.
The song was performed fifth on the night, following Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Davorin Popović with “Dvadeset prvi vijek” and preceding Russia’s Philip Kirkorov with “Kolibelnaya dlya vulkana”. At the close of voting, it had received 148 points, placing 1st in a field of 23.
The victory represented the second for composer Rolf Løvland, who had previously written “La det swinge”. Additionally, it represented the first time in four years that Ireland had not won the Contest, thus bringing to an end the only hat-trick of victories in Eurovision history. Ireland would go on to win the next Contest, achieving the feat of four victories in five years.
The song is noted for its relative absence of lyrics – with only 24 words being sung in the original Norwegian version and much of the rest of the song being given over to a violin intermezzo performed by Irish musician Fionnuala Sherry.

lyrics
Nocturne
Let the day get its rest now
And the night will guard in its place
Nocturne

Even the darkness must disappear sometime
So the night can give birth to a day

1996


Norway was represented by Elisabeth Andreassen, with the song ‘”I evighet”, at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May at the Oslo Spektrum, following Secret Garden’s victory for Norway in Dublin the previous year. “I evighet” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 30 March. This was the last of four Eurovision appearances as a main performer by Andreassen, a record shared with Lys Assia, Fud Leclerc and Peter, Sue & Marc.The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Tande-P.Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen (as one of the duo To Tenorer) and Geir Rønning, who would later represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.
At the close of voting “I evighet” had received 114 points, placing Norway second of the 23 entries. The highest marks received were three 10s from the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden – since the introduction of the current scoring system in 1975, “I evighet” is the only song to have finished second without receiving a single 12 points vote.
Andreassen is one of five artists – along with Lys Assia, Gigliola Cinquetti, Linda Martin and Dima Bilan – to have finished both first and second at Eurovision.

lyrics
For eternity
Day is turning to evening, is gone, soon forgotten
But what we gave remains, a seed will grow and sprout

Such is love’s way when it strikes you and me
Only when we learn and understand, it will ripen and be ours

Though the days pass by, vanishing, becoming years
Love will always remain, for ever and eternity
For eternity

The river smoothly flows, through meadows, plains and woods
But on its way to reach its goal, it passes stony rapids

Though the days pass by, vanishing, becoming years
Love will always remain, for ever and eternity
For eternity

Though the days pass by, vanishing, becoming years
Love will always remain, for ever and eternity
For eternity

Love will always remain, for ever and eternity
For eternity

1997


Norway was represented by Tor Endresen, with the song ‘”San Francisco”, at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. “San Francisco” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 8 March, and is mainly remembered for bringing Norway’s recent run of Eurovision success – they had finished 5th, 6th, 1st and 2nd in the previous four contests – to a spectacular end.
The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Tande-P. Endresen finally gained MGP victory at his eighth attempt. Several of the jury members were friends of Tor Endresen and told the press that “Endresen deserved to win” regardless of what song he participated with.[2] Among the other participants was Geir Rønning, who would later represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.
At the close of voting “San Francisco” had failed to pick up any points at all, the eighth time Norway had found itself at the bottom of the scoreboard at the end of the evening, and a record fourth nul-points finish. The 1997 ignominy was shared with Portugal, who had also been completely shunned by the national juries.

lyrics
San Francisco
It still feels like yesterday
When everyone was singing: “Make love not war”
And the world had longer hair
It feels like yesterday

Being brothers and sisters was in
“California dreamin’ ”
Important questions and an open mind
The answers were blowin’ in the wind’

Oh… time for love in San Francisco
A dream of peace, a spring of youth
No guns, no war, no disco
Just lovely flowers in your hair

When everybody surfed on a good vibration
USA got their man on the moon
Jimi Hendrix played fire and passion
At Woodstock for a new generation

Yeah… then there was a strong feeling to be young and free
Life had plenty of time
And the whole world had longer hair
It feels like yesterday

Yeah yeah… time for love in San Francisco
A dream of peace, a spring of youth
Oo yeah… no guns, no war, no disco
Just lovely flowers in your hair

All over the earth Lennon’s song was heard:
“Love, love love”
With the message that love sets everyone free
If we don’t let it pass us by

Time for love in San Fran…
Time for love in San Francisco
A dream of peace, a spring of youth
Oo yeah… no guns, no war, no disco
Just lovely flowers in your…
Just lovely flowers in you hair
Oh yeah…

1998


Norway was represented by Lars A. Fredriksen, with the song ‘”Alltid sommer”, at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 May in Birmingham. “Alltid sommer” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 28 February.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Øystein Bache and Rune Gokstad. Eight songs took part with the winner chosen by a split between regional televoting and an “expert” jury. Elisabeth Andreassen was bidding for a record-breaking fifth appearance at Eurovision, but finished runner-up.
At the close of voting “Alltid sommer” had received 79 points (including a maximum 12 from Sweden), placing Norway 8th of the 25 entries.

lyrics
Always summer
I read your eyes like an open book
Living together we read each other word by word
(To be near you)
It’s more than just the two of us can see
(Because we have more)
What we have is so much more

“Always and forever summer”, you said
And you came, and you saw, and you won my life
“Always and forever summer”, you said
No matter now what the others do
“Forever warm days”, you said
Reaching out for me: “It feels quite good”
Oh… (“always summer”, you said)

If only I could find the words to tell what you mean to me
We live together, playing and taking the same road
(To love you)
Year by year, and day by day
(Together with you)
Our happiness grows with every heartbeat

“Always and forever summer”, you said
And you came, and you saw, and you won my life
“Always and forever summer”, you said
No matter now what the others do
“Forever warm days”, you said
Reaching out for me: “It feels quite good”
Oh… “always summer”, you said

My loneliness vanished, and love won
Come to me and let us live, you said: “Always and forever summer”

“Always and forever summer”, you said
And you came, and you saw, and you won my life
“Always and forever summer”, you said
No matter now what the others do
“Forever warm days”, you said
Reaching out for me: “It feels quite good”
Oh… “always summer”, you said
(Oo…) “always summer”, you said

1999


Norway competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, represented by Stig van Eijk with the song “Living My Life Without You”. The song was chosen as the Norwegian entry after winning the Melodi Grand Prix 1999 contest.Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) held a national final to select the Norwegian entry for the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest.
On the night of Eurovision, held on 29 May in Jerusalem, Israel, Stig van Eijk performed “Living My Life Without You” eighth in the running order, following Turkey and preceding Denmark. At the close of the voting, Stig had received 35 points, placing 14th in a field of 23.

lyrics
Living my life without you
Living my life without you – can it be true?
Something is missing, baby

Ah yeah… (Oh baby, I know it’s you)

Nothing feels the same without your loving
I can’t stop the rain or wind from blowing
I search inside my soul, try to recover
But life is not the same without my lover

(Since you went away,) can’t sleep
(Since you went away,) can’t eat
My world is falling apart, oh baby, baby

Living my life without you – can it be true?
Something is missing, baby
Living my life without you – what can I do?
I think I’m going crazy, (It’s you)

(Hey hey… I think I’m going crazy, baby)
(Hey hey…) ah…

Tried a new romance, tried to run away
But nothing really makes sense when you’re gone, baby
I never knew how much I needed you, girl
What can I do to get you back in my world?

(Since you went away,) can’t sleep
(Since you went away,) can’t eat
My world is falling apart

Living my life without you – can it be true?
Something is missing, baby
Living my life without you – what can I do?
I think I’m going crazy

It’s you, (Oh baby, I know it’s you)
I think I’m going crazy
(Oh babe, what more can I do?) It’s you

(Hey hey… I think I’m going crazy, baby)
(Hey hey…) living my life without you

(Living my life without you – can it be true?)
Something is missing, baby
Baby… (Living my life without you – what) can I do?
I think I’m going crazy

(Living my life without you – can it be true?)
Something is missing, baby
(Living my life without you – what can I do?)
(I think I’m going crazy,) I think I’m going crazy
It’s you

2000


Norway was represented by three-member girl group Charmed, with the song ‘”My Heart Goes Boom”, at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 13 May in Stockholm. “My Heart Goes Boom” was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 4 March.The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Hans Christian Andersen and Stine Buer. Runner-up was Jan Werner Danielsen who had represented Norway in 1994.
The trio gave an energetically choreographed performance, although their stage outfits and hair-styling were the subject of a degree of unfavourable comment. At the close of voting “My Heart Goes Boom” had received 57 points (the highest a 10 from Turkey), placing Norway 11th of the 24 entries, a rather disappointing finish as top 10 had been expected.

lyrics
My heart goes boom
Wooh!

Summer, Saturday and sunshine, suddenly, I saw you there
A stunning sight, from God knows where
You were standing in the shadows, looking quite impossible
I lost my mind and popsicle

A radio was singing something blue in perfect tune
Half a look over your shoulder, I couldn’t keep from staring back at you

My heart goes boom when I see you, baby
Don’t you tell me maybe, it can never be too soon
My heart goes boom, put your arms around me
Say you’re glad you found me, take me spinning ’round the moon
My heart goes boom

Summer, Saturday, and sunset, you said ‘hello’ and I said ‘hi’
And something lit the evening sky
You came out of the shadows with a teasing twinkle in your eye
And took my senses for a ride

A radio was playing something slow in perfect tune
Half a smile as you sat down, I couldn’t seem to keep my eyes off you

My heart goes boom when I see you, baby
Don’t you tell me maybe, it can never be too soon
My heart goes boom, put your arms around me
Say you’re glad you found me, take me spinning ’round the moon
(My heart goes boom)

A radio was singing something blue in perfect tune
Half a look over your shoulder, I couldn’t seem to keep my eyes off you

My heart goes…
My heart goes boom when I see you, baby
Don’t you tell me maybe, it can never be too soon
My heart goes boom, put your arms around me
Say you’re glad you found me, take me spinning ’round the moon
My heart goes boom

Oh baby, my heart goes boom

2001


Norway selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 through the Melodi Grand Prix contest, organised by Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK). The winner was Haldor Lægreid with the song “On My Own”.The 2001 edition of Melodi Grand prix was held on 24 February at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, hosted by HC Andersen.
Haldor Lægreid performed 4th on the night of the contest, following Bosnia and Herzegovina and preceding Israel. Norway finished with 3 points, all from Portugal, finishing joint last of 23 entries with iceland, and thus relegating Norway from taking part in the 2002 Contest

lyrics
On my own
In tender years, the path seemed longer then it ever really was
How could I know?
I realised, as time went by, I had to try, the world outside was mine
You let me go

So I left and tried to find my way to paradise
The winding road that lead me there was life

I’m on my own again
Left all alone, where I belong
I’m an my own again
Left all alone

And now I’ve seen it all, I wouldn’t change a day – when curtains fall
I do my show

So at last I know I’ve found my one true paradise
The winding road that lead me there was life

I’m on my own again
Left all alone, where I belong
I’m an my own again
I’m on my own, on my own

(I’m on my own again)
(Left all alone, where I belong)
(I’m on my own again) On my own
(Left all alone) On my own, on my own again

2003


Norway competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, represented by Jostein Hasselgård with the song “I’m Not Afraid To Move On”.The 2003 Melodi Grand Prix was held on 1 March at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, hosted by Øystein Bache.
After being relegated from competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 Norway returned to the contest in 2003, at Riga. Jostein Hasselgård performed 18th on the night of the contest, following Greece and preceding France. After leading at the start of the voting Norway finished with 123 points, coming 4th of the 26 competing countries. This guaranteed Norway automatic qualification to the final of the 2004 Contest.

lyrics
I’m not afraid to move on
One moment out of time
Someone finds a secret waiting behind
Knowing there’s an end to a glory
End to a story so good, so divine

Heart, listen to your beating
Never gonna stop
Unless there’s a doubt
Never speak to someone that knows you
More than yourself and the ghost that you hide

‘Cause I’m in love with a beautiful girl
She’s the one from the magical world
And I hold her now when the rain starts to fall
I’m not afraid to move on

Lay down with someone strange
Dare to be the same, as always in time
Slowly seek the end and its glory
Worry to see, if it’s gone
Deep inside

‘Cause I’m in love with a beautiful girl
She’s the one from the magical world
And I hold her now when the rain starts to fall
I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid to move on

I’m alone when the ghosts start to haunt
I’m alone, but I know
I’m in love with a beautiful girl
She’s the one from the magical world
And I hold her now when the rain starts to fall
I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid to move on

2004


Norway competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, represented by Knut Anders Sørum with the song “High”. The song was chosen as the Norwegian entry for the 2004 contest through the Melodi Grand Prix contest.The 2004 Melodi Grand Prix was held on 6 March at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, hosted by Ivar Dyrhaug.
On the night of the final Knut Anders Sørum performed third in the running order, following Austria and preceding France. Norway received 3 points for Knut’s performance of “High”, all from neighbours Sweden, coming 24th and last. This was Norway’s tenth last place finish in Eurovision, a record that has, as of 2011, yet to be broken.

lyrics
High
I have tried every way
To get to the heart of your soul
‘Cause everything that you deny
Could be there if you let me know
I wanna heal every wound in you
To finally make you believe

High over the rain
There’s still a sun that could ease all your pain
I always try holding your heart
Bringing you high

Try to make you see the light
When sorrow grows deep in your mind
And seize the day, not asking why
There is so much for you to find
I wanna bring you the wings to fly
To never be broken again

Oh…

High over the rain
There’s still a sun that could ease all your pain
I always try holding your heart
Bringing you high

I just wanna open your closing mind
Your life can’t be worth all your sacrifice
There is a light over you
Please let it through

High over the rain
There’s still a sun that could ease all your pain
I always try holding your heart
Bringing you high

Oh…

High over the rain
There’s still a sun that could ease all your pain
I always try holding your heart
Bringing you high
Bringing you high

2005 


Norway was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by the song “In My Dreams” performed by Wig Wam.Wig Wam is made up of four band members – Teeny (guitar), Glam (vocals), Sporty (drums) and Flash (bass). Wig Wam were formed in February 2001, and had also appeared in MGP in 2004, coming third with “Crazy Things”.
On March 5, 2005, viewers were given the chance to help decide which song should represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. The Norwegian Final Melodi Grand Prix was held at the Spektrum in Oslo hosted by Ivar Dyrhaug.
In the final, it was performed fifth, following the Romanian entry and preceding Turkey’s Gülseren with “Rimi Rimi Ley”. At the close of voting, it had received 125 points, placing 9th in a field of 24, guaranteeing Norway a place in the final at the next Contest.

lyrics
In my dreams
Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me (Over me)

I don’t know if this is what it seems
Is it real or just a fantasy?
Aim to please is all you every do
Making all my fairytales come true

Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me (Over me)
You are the only one
Living in my fantasy, in my dreams

Scared of waking up and you’ll be gone
Face the truth and I’ll be all alone
Baby, let’s get into the groove
Show me all your dirty moves

Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me (Over me)
You are the only one
Living in my fantasy, in my dreams

Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me (Over me)
You are the only one
Living in my fantasy, in my dreams

In my dreams

If this ain’t real, don’t wake me up
I don’t ever wanna stop

Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me
You are the only one
Living in my fantasy, in my dreams

Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me
You are the only one
Living in my fantasy, in my dreams

Come on, come on, come on
Love is all over me
You are the only one
Living in my fantasy

In my dreams

2006


Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected in the national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2006, which comprised four semi-finals and a final. In the final, held on 4 February at the Spektrum in Oslo, the final eight songs were performed of which four moved on the super final, after a period of televoting. Norway chose to be represented by Christine Guldbrandsen with the song Alvedansen. The song is written and composed by Christine Guldbrandsen, Kjetil Fluge & Atle Halstensen.
Christine Guldbrandsen was born in 1985 in Bergen and immediately showed an interest for music when she joined the child choir at the age of 3. In 2003 she became known in Norway with her debut album “Surfing in the air” that sold over 30.000 copies across Scandinavia. Since then she has become a popular singer across the country and successfully managed many hits.
At the close of voting, it had received 36 points, placing 14th in a field of 24 and requiring Norway to qualify from the semifinal at the next contest.

lyrics
Dance of the elves
(Haya… ha haya… haya…)
(Come with me into the summer night)

Only I can catch your glance
Show my claws in the kiss you got
Excite you, so you turn into fire
Come here, I know you want to

Haya… ha haya… haya…
Come with me into the summer night
Haya… ha hayaya… haya…
Nothing is hidden tonight

Only I know all that you are
Give you a spark, I see you are near
Float with me, let everything turn into fire
Come here, I know you want to

Haya… ha haya… haya…
Come with me into the summer night
Haya… ha hayaya… haya…
Nothing is hidden tonight

No one knows, the wind is playing
The moon looks away, and we are everything

Haya… ha haya… haya…
Come with me into the summer night
Haya… ha hayaya… haya…
Nothing is hidden tonight

2007


Norway chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 during Melodi Grand Prix 2007. Actress turned singer, Guri Schanke, won the right to represent Norway with the song “Ven a bailar conmigo”.
Norway participated in the semi-final on 10 May 2007 in Helsinki, Finland performing nineteenth in the competition, following FYR Macedonia’s Karolina Gočeva with “Mojot svet” and preceding Malta’s Olivia Lewis with “Vertigo”. The song finished eighteenth in the competition, thus missing out on a top-ten position which would have secured a place in the finals.

lyrics
Ven a bailar conmigo
I wanna dance, I wanna feel your body next to mine
Feel the touch of your skin
In every move, I feel the beat in every breath I take
I feel the rhythm of your heart
When I hear the music start
All I want is to be here with you

Oh… ven a bailar conmigo
Come dance with me tonight
Let’s feel the beat, feel the heat, you and me
Ven a bailar conmigo
Let’s dance the night away
Just move your feet to the beat and dance with me
Ven a bailar conmigo

The way you move, the way you dance makes me feel alive
I wanna stay in your arms
It’s in your eyes, it’s in the look that you’re givin’ me
I feel the rhythm of your heart
When I hear the music start
All I want is to be here with you

Oh… ven a bailar conmigo
Come dance with me tonight
Let’s feel the beat, feel the heat, you and me
Ven a bailar conmigo
Let’s dance the night away
Just move your feet to the beat and dance with me
Ven a bailar conmigo

Ven a bailar conmigo
Let’s dance!
Ooh…

Oh… ven a bailar conmigo
Come dance with me tonight
Let’s feel the beat, feel the heat, you and me
Ven a bailar conmigo
Let’s dance the night away
Just move your feet to the beat and dance with me

Ven a bailar conmigo
Let’s dance the night away
Just move your feet to the beat and dance with me
Just move your feet to the beat and dance with me
Ven a bailar conmigo

2008


Norway was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 by Maria Haukaas Storeng, performing the song “Hold On Be Strong”. Storeng was chosen through the Norwegian national final, Melodi Grand Prix, organised by the Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK).
Storeng’s song, composed by Mira Craig, competed in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2008 on 20 May 2008. She qualified to the final, coming 4th of 19 with 106 points. At the final, closing the contest of 25 competing entries, she placing 5th, receiving a total of 182 points. This was Norway’s best placing at the contest since 2003, and their best placing since semi-finals were introduced to the contest in 2004.

lyrics
Hold on be strong
Love can be hard sometimes
Yes, it can catch you off guard like bad crimes
Yes, it can make you depressed and angry
Make you say: “Why me, why won’t anybody try me?”

You might be saying: “Ooh, I don’t wanna be lonely”
“Ooh, I don’t wanna be by myself”
“Ooh, don’t wanna be lonely”
“Why ain’t anybody lovin’ me?”

But there’s always someone out there who’ll be there for you
There is always someone out there who’ll care for you
There’s always someone out there who’ll be true, true, true
Hold on, hold on, be strong

Love can go away forever if you push it
And you have to remember: don’t rush it
If it ain’t right, it is wrong
And you’ll be crying: “Why me, why won’t anybody try me?”

You might be saying: “Ooh, I don’t wanna be lonely”
“Ooh, I don’t wanna be by myself”
“Ooh, don’t wanna be lonely, oh no no”
“Why ain’t anybody lovin’ me?”

Now, but there’s always someone out there who’ll be there for you
And there’s always someone out there who’ll care for you
There’s always someone out there who’ll be true, true, true
Hold on, hold on, be strong

And yes, there’s always someone out there who’ll be there for you
And there’s always someone out there who’ll care for you
There’s always someone out there who’ll be true, true, true
Hold on, hold on, be strong

Hold on, hold on, be strong
My child, hold on, hold on, be strong

2009


Norway and Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) won the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia on 16 May. Their song was chosen at a national final, Melodi Grand Prix, held on 21 February 2009.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.
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.
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 42 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.

lyrics
Fairytale
Years ago, when I was younger
I kinda liked a girl I knew
She was mine and we were sweethearts
That was then, but then it’s true

I’m in love with a fairytale
Even though it hurts
‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed

Every day we started fighting
Every night we fell in love
No one else could make me sadder
But no one else could lift me high above

I don’t know what I was doing
When suddenly, we fell apart
Nowadays, I cannot find her
But when I do, we’ll get a brand new start

I’m in love with a fairytale
Even though it hurts
‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed

She’s a fairytale, yeah…
Even though it hurts
‘Cause I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed

2010


Norway will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, after Alexander Rybak won the 2009 Contest with “Fairytale”.The final was on 6 February at the Oslo Spektrum. The six direct qualifiers from the semi-finals, plus the two Siste Sjansen qualifiers competed again to win the contest.In the final, the eight songs were reduced to four by televoting. The four acts which qualified to the gullfinale were A1, Bjørn Johan Muri, Didrik Solli-Tangen and Keep of Kalessin.In the Gold Final the four songs performed again, with televoting and juries in the four semi-final cities selecting the winner. The final winner was Didrik Solli-Tangen with the “My Heart Is Yours”.
As the host country, Norway was automatically qualified to the final on 29 May.

lyrics

My heart is yours
You are like a sunset behind a mountain somewhere
And when I cannot see you, I know you’re still there

Because my heart is yours, I’ll never leave you
Though we are far apart, I’m by your side
My love is never gone, I feel it rise again
Through it all, now my heart is yours

You say I am the moonlight, I watch you at night
And when you cannot see me, I’m still there in the sky

Because my heart is yours, I’ll never leave you
Though we are far apart, I’m by your side
My love is never gone, I feel it rise again
Through it all, now my heart is yours

Because my heart is yours, I’ll never leave you
Though we are far apart, I’m by your side
My love is never gone, I feel it rise again
Through it all, now my heart is yours

2011


Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2011, organised by the Norwegian broadcaster, Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK).
Norway competed in the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, performing second on the night, after Poland’s Magdalena Tul and before Aurela Gaçe from Albania. Although being one of the favorites to qualify to the final and to win the whole contest, Stella did not qualify, placing seventeenth with 30 points.

lyrics
Haba haba
When as a little girl, my grandma told me
That I could be just anything that I wanted to
When as a little girl, my grandma told me
That I could be just anything that I wanted to

She said that
Everything I work for, everything I wish for
Everything I look for, it is right in front of me
Everything I work for, everything I wish for
Everything I look for, it is right in front of me

And she said ah
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba

When as a little girl, my grandma told me
That it’s the little things in life that’s gon’ make me happy
When as a little girl my grandma told me
That it’s the little things in life that’s gon’ make me happy

She said that
Little by little fills up the measure
Don’t ever give up, keep on moving
Little by little fills up the measure
Don’t ever give up, keep on moving

Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba

(Haba haba hujaza kibaba) Sing it
(Haba haba hujaza kibaba)
(Haba haba hujaza kibaba)
(Haba haba hujaza kibaba)

Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba
Haba haba hujaza kibaba

Hujaza kibaba

2012


Norway will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the Tooji song “Stay”. The entry was selected through the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2012, organised by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.Norway competed in the second half of the second semi-final, on 24 May, and qualified to the final. [5] On the final, Norway performed in twelfth position and placed last out of 26 songs, scoring 7 points.

lyrics

Stay
I hear music as I walk down the street
Start moving to the rhythm, heart is pumping the beat
I hear the people shout out: “Turn up the music louder”
Better start running if you can’t stand the heat

What’s it doin’ to me? I feel it settin’ me free
It’s like I’m losin’ all control
You know it’s makin’ me hot and baby I don’t stop
It’s like a fire in my soul

I don’t know what I’m doing tonight
But this rush, it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know I want you to stay (Nana nana nana)
Stay (Nana nana nana)

My heart beats faster as I’m scanning the crowd
My meters are peaking, I can tell you’re around
It’s like I’m on a (high now), nothing can pull me (down now)
Sirens are calling and I can’t kill the sound

What’s it doin’ to me? I feel it settin’ me free
It’s like I’m losin’ all control
You know it’s makin’ me hot and baby I don’t stop
It’s like a fire in my soul

I don’t know what I’m doing tonight
But this rush, it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know I want you to stay (Nana nana nana)
Stay (Nana nana nana)

Work it, move your body, baby
You better (work) – nana nana nana
You better (work) – nana nana nana
Come on now, work it, move your body, baby
You better (work) – nana nana nana
You better (work)

I don’t know what I’m doing tonight
But this rush, it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know I want you to stay

I don’t know what I’m doing tonight
But this rush, it is making me stronger
I don’t know if it’s wrong or it’s right
But I know I want you to stay (Nana nana nana)
Stay (Nana nana nana)

Norwaythe real results

Norway 1960 Nora Brockstedt Voi Voi 11 4
Norway 1961 Nora Brockstedt Sommer I Palma 10 7
Norway 1962 Inger Jacobsen Kom Sol, Kom Regn 2 10
Norway 1963 Anita Thallaug Solhverv 0 13
Norway 1964 Arne Bendiksen Spiral 6 8
Norway 1965 Kirsti Sparboe Karussel 1 13
Norway 1966 Åse Kleveland Intet Er Nytt Under Solen 15 3
Norway 1967 Kirsti Sparboe Dukkemann 2 14
Norway 1968 Odd Børre Stress 2 13
Norway 1969 Kirsti Sparboe Oj, Oj, Oj, Så Glad Jeg Skal Bli 1 16
Norway 1971 Hanne Krog Lykken Er … 65 17
Norway 1972 Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg Småting 73 14
Norway 1973 Bendik Singers It’s Just A Game 89 7
Norway 1974 Anne-Karine Strøm & The Bendik Singers The First Day Of Love 3 14
Norway 1975 Ellen Nikolaysen Touch My Life With Summer 11 18
Norway 1976 Anne-Karine Strøm Mata Hari 7 18
Norway 1977 Anita Skorgan Casanova 18 14
Norway 1978 Jahn Teigen Mil Etter Mil 0 20
Norway 1979 Anita Skorgan Oliver 57 11
Norway 1980 Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta Samiid Ædnan 15 16
Norway 1981 Finn Kalvik Aldri I Livet 0 20
Norway 1982 Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan Adieu 40 12
Norway 1983 Jahn Teigen Do Re Mi 53 9
Norway 1984 Dollie De Luxe Lenge Leve Livet 29 17
Norway 1985 Bobbysocks La Det Swinge 123 1
Norway 1986 Ketil Stokkan Romeo 44 12
Norway 1987 Kate Gulbrandsen Mitt Liv 65 9
Norway 1988 Karoline Krüger For Vår Jord 88 5
Norway 1989 Britt Synnøve Johansen Venners Nærhet 30 17
Norway 1990 Ketil Stokkan Brandenburger Tor 8 21
Norway 1991 Just 4 Fun Mrs Thompson 14 17
Norway 1992 Merethe Trøan Visjoner 23 18
Norway 1993 Silje Vige Alle Mine Tankar 120 5
Norway 1994 Elisabeth Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen Duett 76 6
Norway 1995 Secret Garden Nocturne 148 1
Norway 1996 Elisabeth Andreassen I Evighet 114 2
Norway 1997 Tor Endresen San Francisco 0 24
Norway 1998 Lars A. Frederiksen Alltid Sommer 79 8
Norway 1999 Stig Van Eijk Living My Life Without You 35 14
Norway 2000 Charmed My Heart Goes Boom 57 11
Norway 2001 Haldor Lægreid On My Own 3 22
Norway 2003 Jostein Hasselgård I’m Not Afraid To Move On 123 4
Norway 2004 Knut Anders Sørum High 3 24
Norway 2005 Wig Wam In My Dreams 125 9
Norway 2006 Christine Guldbrandsen Alvedansen 36 14
Norway 2007 Guri Schanke Ven A Bailar Conmigo 48 32
Norway 2008 Maria Haukaas Hold On To Be Strong 182 5
Norway 2009 Alexander Rybak Fairytale 387 1
Norway 2010 Didrik Solli-Tangen My heart is yours 35 20
Norway 2011 Stella Mwangi Haba haba 30 38
Norway 2012 Tooji Stay 7 26

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