Returning to Scandinavia, Norway are gearing up another strong attempt to bring the contest back home, having last won in 2009. I always have a special place in my heart for Norway, the 2010 contest in Oslo was the first I went to, and I have such fond memories of it. Bloody expensive though!
Norway will likely never shift that tag of having the most “nul points” results in Eurovision history, now there are so many countries participating, but it hasn’t stopped them winning the contest three times. Unpredictable is perhaps the best way to describe their performances in the results, but they have a strong qualification record.
Despite a bad result on home soil in 2010, and a shock DNQ result in Dusseldorf the following year, Norway have been making big improvements since then. Tooji qualified in 2012, albeit narrowly, and the incredible Margaret Berger came as far as 4th place in Malmö. People are talking that the winner of this year’s Norsk Melodi Grand Prix might go even better than that.
It’s performed with great tenderness and emotion, matching the inner turmoil of the lyrics. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to this being a clear favourite for the victory is that Carl himself isn’t quite the captivating performer you might expect. He just seems a bit deadpan; granted it wouldn’t be much of a silent storm if he was sobbing on his knees and roaring the lyrics, but I’m not quite sure how it will play out.
Not that there’s an obvious fix to that niggle, but we’ll see what happens. I certainly wouldn’t be sad if Norway win, even if it for variety’s sake a non-Scandinavian country should get a shot.
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