Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Norwegian entry was selected through Melodi Grand Prix 2012, a national selection consisting of three semi-finals and a final, organised by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Tooji represented Norway with the song "Stay", which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to place 26th (last) in the final, scoring 7 points.[1][2]

Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 2012
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
21 January 2012
28 January 2012
4 February 2012
Final:
11 February 2012
Selected entrantTooji
Selected song"Stay"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (10th, 45 points)
Final result26th, 7 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2011 2012 2013►

Before EurovisionEdit

Melodi Grand Prix 2012Edit

Melodi Grand Prix 2012 was the 50th edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix and selected Norway's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The competition consisted of three semi-finals and a final in different cities across Norway, hosted by Marte Stokstad and Per Sundnes.[3] The shows were televised on NRK1 as well as streamed online at NRK's official website nrk.no. The final was also broadcast online at the official Eurovision Song Contest website eurovision.tv.[4]

FormatEdit

The competition consisted of four shows: three semi-finals on 21 January, 28 January and 4 February 2012 and a final on 11 February 2012. Eight songs competed in each semi-final and the top three entries proceeded to the final. The results in the semi-finals were determined exclusively by public televoting. A jury panel also selected out of the remaining non-qualifying acts from the semi-finals a wildcard to proceed to the final. The results in the final were determined by public televoting and three regional juries.

Melodi Grand Prix 2012 schedule
Date City Venue Heat
21 January Brekstad Ørland Hovedflystasjon Semi-final 1
28 January Larvik Arena Larvik Semi-final 2
4 February Florø Florø Idrettssenter Semi-final 3
11 February Oslo Oslo Spektrum Final

Competing entriesEdit

A submission period was opened by NRK between 30 June 2011 and 2 September 2011. Songwriters of any nationality were allowed to submit entries, while NRK reserved the right to choose the performers of the selected songs in consultation with the songwriters.[5] At the close of the deadline, a record-breaking 800 submissions were received. Twenty-four songs were selected for the competition by an eight-member jury panel consisting of representatives of NRK, record companies and production companies.[6][7] The competing acts and songs were revealed between 27 October 2011 and 16 January 2012, while the songs were premiered on 16 January 2012.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
The Canoes "Seemed Like a Good Idea" Arne Hovda, Erik Norvald Røe, Christopher Barron Gross, Hans Petter Aaserud
The Carburetors "Don't Touch the Flame" Stian Krogh, Christopher Lindahl, Per Gunnar Lund-Vang
Cocktail Slippers "Keeps On Dancing" Cocktail Slippers
Håvard Lothe Band "The Greatest Day" Håvard Lothe
Irresistible feat. Carl Pritt "Elevator" Anne Wik, Nermin Harambasic, Ronny Svendsen, Robin Jenssen, Carl Pritt
Isabel Ødegård "I've Got You" Thomas Helland, Isabel Ødegård
Kim André Rysstad "Så vidunderleg" Elin Nygård
Lisa Stokke "With Love" Lisa Stokke, Johanna Demker, Anita Lixel, Tommy Berre
Lise Karlsnes "Sailors" Lise Karlsnes, Thomas Eriksen
Malin Reitan "Crush" Beyond51
Marthe Valle "Si" Marthe Valle
Minnie-Oh "You and I" Monica Johansen
Nora Foss al-Jabri "Somewhere Beautiful" Christian Ingebrigtsen, Eivind Rølles
Petter Øien and Bobby Bare "Things Change" Bobby Bare
Plumbo "Ola Nordmann" Lars Erik Blokkhus, Glenn Hauger
Reidun Sæther "High on Love" Thomas G:son, Tommy Berre, Ovidiu Jacobsen
Rikke Lie "Another Heartache" Rikke Lie, Maria Marcus, Niclas Lundin
Rikke Normann "Shapeshifter" Silya Nymoen, Rikke Normann
Rudi Myntevik "You Break It, You Own It" Rune Berg, Asbjørn Ribe
Silya "Euphoria" Silya Nymoen
Tommy Fredvang "Make It Better" Tommy Fredvang, Hanne Sørvaag, Tommy Berre
Tooji "Stay" Tooji Keshtkar, Peter Boström, Figge Boström
United "Little Bobbi" John Lundvik, Philip Halloun, Thomas Felberg
Yaseen and Julie Maria "Sammen" Sigve Bull, El Axel

Semi-finalsEdit

Three semi-finals took place on 21 January, 28 January, and 4 February 2012. Eight songs competed in each semi-final and the top three entries were selected to proceed to the final.

Semi-final 1 – 21 January 2012
Draw Artist Song Place Result
1 Irresistible feat. Carl Pritt "Elevator" Eliminated
2 Kim André Rysstad "Så vidunderleg" Eliminated
3 Reidun Sæther "High on Love" 3 Advanced
4 Rudi Myntevik "You Break It, You Own It" Eliminated
5 Lisa Stokke "With Love" Eliminated
6 United "Little Bobbi" Eliminated
7 Nora Foss al-Jabri "Somewhere Beautiful" 1 Advanced
8 The Carburetors "Don't Touch the Flame" 2 Advanced
Semi-final 2 – 28 January 2012
Draw Artist Song Place Result
1 Cocktail Slippers "Keeps On Dancing" Eliminated
2 Isabel Ødegård "I've Got You" Eliminated
3 Tommy Fredvang "Make It Better" 2 Advanced
4 Rikke Lie "Another Heartache" Eliminated
5 Malin Reitan "Crush" 3 Advanced
6 Plumbo "Ola Nordmann" 1 Advanced
7 Minnie-Oh "You and I" Eliminated
8 Rikke Normann "Shapeshifter" Eliminated
Semi-final 3 – 4 February 2012
Draw Artist Song Place Result
1 Tooji "Stay" 2 Advanced
2 Marthe Valle "Si" Eliminated
3 Petter Øien & Bobby Bare "Things Change" 1 Advanced
4 Yaseen & Julie Maria "Sammen" 3 Advanced
5 Håvard Lothe Band "The Greatest Day" Eliminated
6 Silya "Euphoria" Eliminated
7 The Canoes "Seemed Like a Good Idea" Eliminated
8 Lise Karlsnes "Sailors" Wildcard

FinalEdit

Ten songs consisting of the nine semi-final qualifiers alongside the jury wildcard, Lise Karlsnes, competed during the final on 11 February 2012. The winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top four entries were selected by public televoting to proceed to the second round, the Gold Final. In the Gold Final, three regional juries from the three semi-final host cities awarded 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 points to their top four songs. The results of the public televote were then revealed by Norway's five regions and added to the jury scores, leading to the victory of "Stay" performed by Tooji with 155,480 votes. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the interval acts featured performances of Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner Alexander Rybak.

Final – 11 February 2012
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Tooji "Stay" Advanced
2 Reidun Sæther "High on Love" Eliminated
3 Lise Karlsnes "Sailors" Eliminated
4 Plumbo "Ola Nordmann" Advanced
5 Malin Reitan "Crush" Eliminated
6 Nora Foss al-Jabri "Somewhere Beautiful" Advanced
7 The Carburetors "Don't Touch the Flame" Eliminated
8 Petter Øien and Bobby Bare "Things Change" Advanced
9 Yaseen and Julie Maria "Sammen" Eliminated
10 Tommy Fredvang "Make It Better" Eliminated
Gold Final – 11 February 2012
Draw Artist Song Regional
juries
Regional
televoting
Total Place
1 Plumbo "Ola Nordmann" 10,000 51,868 61,868 4
2 Nora Foss al-Jabri "Somewhere Beautiful" 24,000 66,046 90,046 2
3 Petter Øien and Bobby Bare "Things Change" 8,000 71,685 79,685 3
4 Tooji "Stay" 18,000 137,480 155,480 1

At EurovisionEdit

Norway competed in the second half of the second semi-final (16th on stage), on 24 May 2012, following Slovakia and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina. Norway received 45 points and placed 10th, thus qualifying for the final on 26 May.[8] The public awarded Norway 6th place with 72 points and the jury awarded 18th place (last) with 25 points.[9] Norway tied for 10th place with Bulgaria, however, under tiebreak rules, the number of countries that voted for Norway (11) was higher than the number for Bulgaria (10). This resulted in Norway qualifying to the final over Bulgaria.

In the final, Norway was drawn to perform 12th, following Estonia and preceding Azerbaijan. The Norwegian entry scored a total of 7 points and placed 26th in the final.[10] The public awarded Norway 24th place with 16 points and the jury awarded 24th place with 24 points.[9] This was the eleventh last place finish for Norway in an international final.

VotingEdit

Points awarded to NorwayEdit

Points awarded by NorwayEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (11 February 2012). "Tooji takes the Norwegian flag to Baku". Eurovision.tv.
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  5. ^ Juhas, Ervin (30 June 2011). "Norway starts the search for songs". Escdaily.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
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