Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985

Norway was represented by Bobbysocks!, with the song "La det swinge", at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. "La det swinge" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 30 March, and went on to bring Norway a famous first Eurovision victory after decades of being the butt of jokes about their status as Eurovision's perennial also-rans. It was admitted that the lyrics of "La det swinge" had been written with the specific intention of avoiding those Norwegian consonant combinations which had been said to sound harsh in song to non-Scandinavian ears.

Eurovision Song Contest 1985
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 1985
Selection date(s)30 March 1985
Selected entrantBobbysocks!
Selected song"La det swinge"
Selected songwriter(s)Rolf Løvland
Finals performance
Final result1st, 123 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Bobbysocks! were Elisabeth Andreassen and Hanne Krogh, who both had previous Eurovision experience – Krogh as a 15-year-old for Norway in 1971 and Andreassen for Sweden in 1982. Both would make further appearances for Norway, Krogh in 1991 and Andreassen in 1994 and 1996.

Before EurovisionEdit

Melodi Grand Prix 1985Edit

The MGP was held at the Chateau Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Rita Westvik. The staging was now been set in a modern way for accompanying live music for the first time in the history of national final, while the usage of the orchestra were replaced with a live band (e.g. band drums, electric guitars, keyboard synthesizers and horns) and was conducted by Terje Fjærn. Ten songs took part in the final, with the winner chosen by voting from five regional juries and a panel of "experts" consisting of Tony Visconti, Anne Marie David, Stikkan Andersson and Ronnie Hazlehurst. One of the other participants was former three-time Norwegian representative Anita Skorgan.[1]

Final – 30 March 1985
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Regional
Total Place
1 Pastel "Ring ring ring" Pete Knutsen, Marianne Mørk 39 27 66 3
2 Bjørn Eidsvåg "Gammel drøm" Bjørn Eidsvåg 18 26 44 7
3 Zaz "Oh-là-là" Amund Enger 12 15 27 9
4 Kai Eide "Love, amour og kjærlighet" Kai Eide 10 12 22 10
5 Rolf Graf "II & II" Rolf Graf, Finn Kalvik 31 19 50 5
6 Anita Skorgan "Karma" Anita Skorgan, Lars Kilevold 30 44 74 2
7 Bobbysocks! "La det swinge" Rolf Løvland 46 34 80 1
8 Mia Gundersen and Olav Stedje "Nattergal" Jonas Fjeld, Astor Andersen 30 26 56 4
9 Hilde Heltberg "Livet har en sjanse" Hilde Heltberg, Stein Gulbrandsen 37 12 49 6
10 Silje Nergaard "Si det, si det" Silje Nergaard 27 9 36 8

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Bobbysocks! performed 13th in the running order, following Italy and preceding the United Kingdom. The voting in 1985 was particularly disparate, with points being spread all across the board to a much greater extent than usual. However at the close of voting "La det swinge" had picked up 123 points, enough for victory by an 18-point margin over runners-up Germany, although the total was and remains the lowest-ever winning score under the 12 points system.[2] "La det swinge" appeared to have sharply divided opinion with the national juries, as it had received an unusually high eight maximum 12 points votes, while the remaining ten juries had awarded it only 27 points between them. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Sweden.

The congratulations to Bobbysocks! after the victory are fondly remembered for the infamously double-edged remark by Swedish host Lill Lindfors "I must say I'm honestly very happy that this happened, because Norway has been last song so many times that you really deserve it!", prompting much laughter from the audience.[3]



  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1985
  2. ^ "Final of Gothenburg 1985". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  3. ^ ESC History - Norway 1985
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Gothenburg 1985". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.

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