Hold On Be Strong

"Hold On Be Strong" is a song performed by Norwegian singer Maria Haukaas Storeng, written by Mira Craig. It was presented by Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia.

"Hold On Be Strong"
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Single by Maria
from the album Hold On Be Strong
A-side"Hold On Be Strong"
  • "Hold On Be Strong" (DeepFrost Cafémix Radio Edit)
  • "Hold On Be Strong" (DeepFrost Cafémix)
LabelUniversal Music
Songwriter(s)Mira Craig
Producer(s)Simen Eriksrud
Maria singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
"Hold On Be Strong"
"Make My Day"
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Mira Craig
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Ven a bailar conmigo" (2007)
"Fairytale" (2009) ►

Eurovision Song ContestEdit

Storeng performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 semi-final.

The song was elected through the Melodi Grand Prix 2008 on February 9,[2][3] where she received the highest number of votes from both the televoting and the jury, with 77,566 votes more than the runner up.

On 20 May 2008 Storeng performed the song in the first semi-final of Eurovision, and won a place in the final. It was the last song performed on the night before the voting began. It finished in 5th place with a total of 182 points, thus being the highest ranking Western European song of the year.

The backing singers for the Eurovision performance were Jorunn Hauge, May Kristin Kaspersen, Kariane Kjærnes, Håvard Gryting and Øystein Nesbakken.[4] The song is written by singer and songwriter Mira Craig. Mira and Maria are singing a duet on Maria's 2008 album Hold On Be Strong.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Hold On Be Strong" – 3:04
  2. "Hold On Be Strong" (DeepFrost Cafémix Radio Edit) – 3:00
  3. "Hold On Be Strong" (DeepFrost Cafémix) – 3:41


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
Denmark (Tracklisten)[5] 37
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 8

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2008) Position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 57


  1. ^ Maria Haukaas Storeng-album framskyndet[permanent dead link] (Norwegian), FagJournalen, April 17, 2008
  2. ^ "Norway: Maria Haukaas Storeng to Begrade". Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  3. ^ "Maria Haukaas Storeng wins in Norway". Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  4. ^ - Vi har hatt litt snublefot, Se og Hør, May 24, 2008
  5. ^ "Maria Haukaas Storeng – Hold On Be Strong". Tracklisten.
  6. ^ "Maria Haukaas Storeng – Hold On Be Strong". VG-lista.
  7. ^ "Maria Haukaas Storeng – Hold On Be Strong". Singles Top 100.
  8. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 2008" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 17, 2019.