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Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #37 NORWAY – Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”

Only 7 songs into the countdown, and we’re already hitting our second Nordic country. Norway, while famous for receiving more last places and nil points than any other country, are three-times winners and in recent years, make regular appearances in the top 10 at the contest. And it’s one of those winners who makes a return this year – Alexander Rybak won in 2009 by a colossal margin with “Fairytale”. Will it be a fairytale return for him this year?
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Eurovision 2018 national selections: Melodi Grand Prix (Norway preview)

We’re almost at the end of the national final season but there are three more still to go this weekend – and three-times winner Norway chooses from their finalists on Saturday (10 March). Unlike Sweden, whose final falls on the same evening, there have been no semi-finals, there is just a single show. The 10 strong line up includes three former Eurovision participants, one of whom is a Eurovision winner!  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Melodi Grand Prix (Norway preview)”

Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #20 NORWAY – JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann – “Grab the Moment”

Kicking off our top 20, it’s our second Nordic country in a row – three-times winner and record breaker for numbers of last places – Norway. Their non-qualification last year was a surprise, and generally in recent years they have been consistently in the top 10 in the final. Can JOWST and vocalist Alexander “grab the moment” and return Norway to the final after the Nordic bloodbath last year? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #20 NORWAY – JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann – “Grab the Moment””

My top 5 songs from…Norway

It’s been a while since I’ve done a top 5 of a Scandinavian country but I’m trying to fill the gaps of countries I’ve not done before Eurovision 2017 starts! Norway has an interesting reputation in the contest – famous for getting nul points, but they are also three-time winners.

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Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #16 NORWAY – Agnete – “Icebreaker”

We’ve reached our penultimate Nordic country in the countdown, and taking the runners up spot is – Norway. Norway are infamous for coming last and getting nul points – not entirely unfounded as they’ve come last more times than any other country and, together with Austria, got nul points the most times. On the other hand, they’ve won 3 times and their last win in 2009 had the biggest winning margin in Eurovision history. They’ve also come in the top 10 in the final for the past three years. So, aside from a couple of blips, they’re one of the most successful countries of the last decade – can Agnete keep that run of success up?
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Eurovision national finals best of the rest part 2: Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Well it’s time for another instalment of national final songs that just didn’t quite make it past the winning post.

This time we look at three of the countries with some of the most well established and widely followed national finals – it’s the Scandinavian triumvirate of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Continue reading “Eurovision national finals best of the rest part 2: Denmark, Norway and Sweden”

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