Ailing Eurovision singer wins prize

Agnete Johnsen, Norway’s candidate in this spring’s Eurovision Song Contest, withdrew from all public appearances tied to the event after suffering an acute bout of mental health problems. Now she’s won a prize for being so open about them, but still wasn’t well enough to accept her prize in person. “I really wish I could be there […]

Norway knocked out of Eurovision

For the first time in five years, Norway’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest failed to win a spot in the finals on Saturday. Agnete Johnsen from Finnmark and her song “Icebreaker” didn’t get enough votes to beat out her 17 rivals in Thursday’s semi-final broadcast live from Stockholm. The Norwegian delegation was disappointed but put […]

Eurovision fans can fly the Sami flag

Norwegian fans cheering their ethnic Sami candidate at the Eurovision Song Contest next week will be able to fly the Sami flag along with the Norwegian flag after all. Contest officials are dropping their ban on any flags other than those representing participating countries, bowing to critics who felt the ban was unreasonable. “This is more about […]

Agnete really broke the ice

Wearing a dress she loves that features snowflake patterns, and singing a new song called Icebreaker, Agnete Kristin Johnsen from Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark broke the ice in more than ways than one during Norway’s annual Melodi Grand Prix song contest over the weekend. Her smashing victory means she’ll represent Norway at the Eurovision Song […]

12-year-old wins EuroVision Junior

Thea Floer Kulseng, a 12-year-old girl from Harstad in Northern Norway, walked off with first place in Norway’s version of the EuroVision song contest for juniors, called MGP (Melodi Grand Prix) Jr. Kulseng’s song, which she wrote herself, was called Du gjør mæ så glad (You make me so happy). She wrote it in honour […]

Hats off to Swedes’ Eurovision victory

Traditional rivalries between Norway and Sweden were cast aside Saturday night when Sweden won the annual and much-hyped Eurovision Song Contest and Norway came in eighth. Many Norwegians clearly agreed that Sweden performed the best song, and even gave their cross-border rivals the highest number of points possible in the voting. “Tonight we’ll celebrate Sweden and […]

Norway’s Eurovision song moves along

Norway’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest won a chance Thursday night to compete again in the finals on Saturday in Vienna. Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett will be up against songs from 26 other countries and some think they have a good chance of winning. “This is completely fantastic,” Mørland, who wrote their song called A […]

Eurovision artists ‘should be paid’

A local organization of performing artists has accused Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) of exploiting the singers, dancers and musicians who compete in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which NRK mounts locally every year. Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett are the latest to represent Norway after winning NRK’s preliminaries earlier this spring. They call themselves simply Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, […]

Eurovision qualifier drew strong ratings for NRK

More than 1.25 million Norwegians tuned in when state broadcaster NRK aired Norway’s qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend. The show, called Melodi Grand Prix, commanded the highest ratings for the past four years. The ratings were much higher than the 755,000 who tuned in last year and it may be because NRK […]

Monster victory for ‘A Monster Like Me’

Singer-songwriter Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett couldn’t quite believe they’ll be representing Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest this spring. Their tickets to the songfest in Vienna were secured, however, when Mørland’s ballad “A Monster Like Me” won Norway’s Eurovision qualifier over the weekend, Melodi Grand Prix. “This is just incredible, I’m completely stunned,” Mørland […]