Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003

Norway competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, represented by Jostein Hasselgård with the song "I'm Not Afraid to Move On". The song was chosen as the Norwegian entry for the 2003 contest through the Melodi Grand Prix contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2003
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 2003
Selection date(s)1 March 2003
Selected entrantJostein Hasselgård
Selected song"I'm Not Afraid to Move On"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result4th, 123 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Melodi Grand Prix 2003Edit

Melodi Grand Prix 2003 was the Norwegian national final that selected Norway's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2003.

Competing entriesEdit

A submission period was opened by NRK where songwriters of any nationality were allowed to submit entries for the first time. More than 450 submissions were received by NRK. Twelve songs were selected for the competition by a jury panel.[1]

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Alfie "One" Alf Gunnar Nilsen
Åse Karin Hjelen "Han kom som ein vind" Åse Karin Hjelen, Tom Sennerud
Birgitte Einarsen "Good Evening, Europe!" Mads Rogde, Arve Furset, Benedicte Swendgaard
Daddy Cool "Don't Stop" Tante Gørilds Hobbyorkester, Erlend Gjerde, Inge Ulirk Gundersen
Don Ramage "Perfect Tragedy" Håvid Engmark, Alf Gunnar Nilsen, Bjørnar Løberg
Erik Jacobsen "So You Say" Eskil Pettersen, Jarl Ivar Andresen, Trond Hillestad
Ingvild Pedersen "Anyway You Want It" Thomas G:son, Stefan Brunzell
Jostein Hasselgård "I'm Not Afraid to Move On" Arve Furset, VJ Strøm
Kikki, Bettan and Lotta "Din hånd i min hånd" Thomas G:son, Elisabeth Andreassen, Petter Anthon Næss
Linda Kvam "You've Got a Hold on Me" Hanne Sørvaag, Thomas Wøhni, Linda Kvam
Monopole "Wonderful Girl" Knut Bjørnar Asphol
Soda "Fool In Love" Marte Hveem

FinalEdit

The final took place on 1 March 2003 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, hosted by Øystein Bache. The winner was selected over two rounds of regional televoting. In the first round, the top four entries were selected to proceed to the second round, the Gold Final. The results of the public televote were revealed by Norway's five regions, with the televoting figures of each region being converted to points. The top ten songs received 1–8, 10 and 12 points. In the Gold Final, the results of the public televote, based on actual voting figures of each region, were revealed by Norway's five regions and led to the victory of "I'm Not Afraid to Move On" performed by Jostein Hasselgård with 78,460 votes.[2]

Final – 1 March 2003
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Ingvild Pedersen "Anyway You Want It" 16 8
2 Daddy Cool "Don't Stop" 25 5
3 Åse Karin Hjelen "Han kom som ein vind" 0 12
4 Linda Kvam "You've Got a Hold on Me" 25 5
5 Erik Jacobsen "So You Say" 5 10
6 Birgitte Einarsen "Good Evening, Europe!" 35 4
7 Alfie "One" 51 2
8 Kikki, Bettan and Lotta "Din hånd i min hånd" 44 3
9 Monopole "Wonderful Girl" 18 7
10 Soda "Fool in Love" 13 9
11 Jostein Hasselgård "I'm Not Afraid to Move On" 54 1
12 Don Ramage "Perfect Tragedy" 4 11
Detailed Regional Televoting Results
Draw Song Western
Norway
Northern
Norway
Southern
Norway
Central
Norway
Eastern
Norway
Total
1 "Anyway You Want It" 3 4 3 1 5 16
2 "Don't Stop" 5 5 5 4 6 25
3 "Han kom som ein vind" 0
4 "You've Got a Hold on Me" 6 6 4 5 4 25
5 "So You Say" 1 3 1 5
6 "Good Evening, Europe!" 7 7 7 6 8 35
7 "One" 10 12 10 12 7 51
8 "Din hånd i min hånd" 8 10 8 8 10 44
9 "Wonderful Girl" 4 3 6 2 3 18
10 "Fool In Love" 2 2 2 7 13
11 "I'm Not Afraid to Move On" 12 8 12 10 12 54
12 "Perfect Tragedy" 1 1 2 4
Gold Final – 1 March 2003
Draw Artist Song Televoting Regions Total Place
Western
Norway
Northern
Norway
Southern
Norway
Central
Norway
Eastern
Norway
1 Birgitte Einarsen "Good Evening, Europe!" 2,693 2,036 2,709 2,309 16,231 25,978 3
2 Alfie "One" 6,116 4,798 6,042 7,708 26,221 50,885 2
3 Kikki, Bettan and Lotta "Din hånd i min hånd" 2,818 2,200 2,892 2,530 15,522 25,962 4
4 Jostein Hasselgård "I'm Not Afraid to Move On" 7,890 4,532 9,627 6,580 49,831 78,460 1

At EurovisionEdit

After being relegated from competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 Norway returned to the contest in 2003, at Riga. Jostein Hasselgård performed 18th on the night of the contest, following Greece and preceding France. After leading at the start of the voting Norway finished with 123 points, coming 4th of the 26 competing countries.[3] This guaranteed Norway automatic qualification to the final of the 2004 Contest.

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Svensker i norsk GP-finale". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 21 January 2003.
  2. ^ "Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 2003". Poplight. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Final of Riga 2003". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Riga 2003". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.

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