Norway’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest had made it into Saturday night’s “grand final,” but only managed to win enough points to land in 18th place, out of 26 performers. Was Norwegian singer-songwriter Andreas Haukeland, better known as TIX, disappointed?
“Nei, nei, nei (no, no, no),” Haukeland told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) in a chaotic live interview right after Italy was announced as the winner well after midnight. That’s about the only coherent thing that came out of Haukeland/TIX, who had claimed ahead of the four-hour-long show that even if he didn’t win with his performance, he aimed to win the partying that went on after it.
It took a long time before Norway and TIX won any points at all from professional juries in each participating country. When the first finally showed up on the contest’s ever-changing rankings, they amounted to just two and came from Italy, which eventually won itself with 524 points from both the juries and the public.
Ireland liked TIX the best, awarding him the highest single allotment of seven points, followed by one point from Ukraine, three from Denmark and two from Sweden. TIX/Norway thus had a total of just 15 points before the public vote and resulting points rolled in. They amounted to 60, giving TIX/Norway a total 75.
The UK wound up with zero and Scandinavia didn’t do well this year, with Denmark not even making it into the finals. Haukeland seemed to take it all in stride, claiming he was satisfied with his own three minutes on stage. He’d been thrilled by the prospect of performing before an international TV audience estimated at 200 million, was happy to win a spot in the finals last week, and stressed the message of his song, which is all about overcoming physical differences and feeling excluded. He’s had his critics, but others also thought he’d done well, as did other artists.
“He’s super sweet,” claimed Malta’s representative called Destiny. She did well, winning among the most jury points along with Switzerland and France. Norway’s own jury had also allotted its largest number of points, 12, to Malta.