Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Norwegian broadcaster NRK organised the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in order to select the Norwegian entry for the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 2017
Selection date(s)11 March 2017
Selected entrantJowst[a]
Selected song"Grab the Moment"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (5th, 187 points)
Final result10th, 158 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Norway had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-five times since their first entry in 1960.[1] Norway had won the contest on three occasions: in 1985 with the song "La det swinge" performed by Bobbysocks!, in 1995 with the song "Nocturne" performed by Secret Garden and in 2009 with the song "Fairytale" performed by Alexander Rybak. Norway also had the two dubious distinctions of having finished last in the Eurovision final more than any other country and for having the most "nul points" (zero points) in the contest, the latter being a record the nation shared together with Austria. The country had finished last eleven times and had failed to score a point during four contests. Following the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Norway has only failed to qualify on three occasions, their most recent failure occurring in Norway with the song "Icebreaker" performed by Agnete.[2]

The Norwegian national broadcaster, Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), broadcasts the event within Norway and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. The broadcaster has traditionally organised the national final Melodi Grand Prix, which has selected the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in all but one of their participation. On 9 June 2016, NRK revealed details regarding their selection procedure and announced the organization of Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in order to select the 2017 Norwegian entry.[3]

Before EurovisionEdit

Melodi Grand Prix 2017Edit

Melodi Grand Prix 2017 was the 55th edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix and selected Norway's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The show took place on 11 March 2017 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, hosted by Kåre Magnus Bergh and Line Elvsåshagen. The show was televised on NRK1, NRK TV, broadcast via radio with commentary by Ole Christian Øen on NRK P1 as well as streamed online at NRK's official website nrk.no. The national final was watched by 1.155 million viewers in Norway, roughly 158,000 less than the viewing figures for 2016 but with a market share of 73%, making it the most watched Melodi Grand Prix final since 2010.[4]

Competing entriesEdit

A submission period was opened by NRK between 9 June 2016 and 11 September 2016. Songwriters of any nationality were allowed to submit entries, while performers of the selected songs would be chosen by NRK in consultation with the songwriters. In addition to the public call for submissions, NRK reserved the right to directly invite certain artists and composers to compete.[3] At the close of the deadline, a record-breaking 1,035 submissions were received.[5] Ten songs were selected for the competition by a jury panel in late 2016 and early 2017. The competing acts and songs were revealed on 7 February 2017 during a press conference at NRK studios, presented by Kåre Magnus Bergh, Line Elvsåshagen and Jan Fredrik Karlsen and broadcast via NRK1 and online at mgp.no.[6] 15-second clips of the competing entries were released during the press conference, while the songs in their entirety were premiered on 15 February.

FinalEdit

Ten songs competed during the final on 11 March 2017.[7] The winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top four entries were selected by a 50/50 combination of public televoting and ten international juries to proceed to the second round, the Gold Final: "Places" performed by Ulrikke, "Grab the Moment" performed by Jowst, "Wrecking Crew" performed by Ammunition and "First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)" performed by Elin & The Woods. The viewers and the juries each had a total of 580 points to award. Each jury group distributed their points as follows: 1–8, 10 and 12 points. The public vote was based on the percentage of votes each song achieved. For example, if a song gained 10% of the viewer vote, then that entry would be awarded 10% of 580 points rounded to the nearest integer: 58 points.[8][9] In the Gold Final, the winner was selected solely by the public televote and led to the victory of "Grab the Moment" performed by Jowst with 46,064 votes.[10]

Final – 11 March 2017
Draw Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s) Result
1 Ulrikke "Places" Ulrikke Brandstorp, Tony Alexander Skjevik Gold Final
2 Jenny Augusta "I Go Where You Go" Jenny Augusta Enge, Inga Þyri Þórðardóttir Eliminated
3 Rune Rudberg Band "Run Run Away" Peter Danielson, Åsa Larsson, Mats Larsson Eliminated
4 Jowst[a] "Grab the Moment" Joakim With Steen, Jonas McDonnell Gold Final
5 Kristian Valen "You & I" Kristian Valen Eliminated
6 In Fusion "Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over" Gustav Eurén, Danne Attlerud, Niklas Arn, Ulrik Eurén, Cissi Kallin Eliminated
7 Amina Sewali "Mesterverk" (Masterpiece) Amina Sewali Eliminated
8 Ammunition "Wrecking Crew" Åge Sten Nilsen, Erik Mårtensson Gold Final
9 Elin & The Woods "First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)" (First Step in Faith (Safety)) Robin Lynch, Elin Kåven Gold Final
10 Ella "Mama's Boy" Per Kristian Ottestad, Ida Maria Eliminated
Gold Final – 11 March 2017
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Jowst[a] "Grab the Moment" 46,064 1
2 Ulrikke "Places" 12,662 4
3 Elin & The Woods "First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)" 28,591 3
4 Ammunition "Wrecking Crew" 40,128 2

At EurovisionEdit

 
JOWST (right) together with Aleksander Walmann during a press meet and greet

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 took place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine and consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[11] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) were required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progressed to the final. Norway was required to be ranked among the top ten entries from their respective semi final in order to compete in the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[12] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Norway was placed into the second semi-final, which was held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[13]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Originally, Norway was set to perform in position 13, following the entry from Croatia and before the entry from Switzerland.[14] However, following Russia's withdrawal from the contest on 13 April and subsequent removal from the running order of the second semi-final, Norway's performing position shifted to 12.[15]

VotingEdit

Points awarded to NorwayEdit

Points awarded by NorwayEdit

Detailed voting resultsEdit

The following members comprised the Norwegian jury:[18]

Former Head of Delegation Per Sundnes was initially announced as a member of the Norwegian jury, but he was removed after making disparaging comments about the Irish entry, which violates the EBU's rule that no jurors can disclose their opinion on the competing entries prior to the contest.[19]

Detailed voting results from Norway (Semi-final 2)[16]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Big Daddy Karsten DivaDean J. Monsen-Tveit A.K. Strøm E. Bakke Average Rank Points Rank Points
01   Serbia 5 5 1 5 8 5 6 12
02   Austria 8 6 11 6 6 7 4 13
03   Macedonia 7 15 3 11 11 8 3 14
04   Malta 10 13 15 16 14 15 16
05   Romania 16 7 5 17 10 12 3 8
06   Netherlands 3 3 4 4 7 3 8 8 3
07   Hungary 12 10 14 7 4 9 2 5 6
08   Denmark 1 4 7 3 3 2 10 7 4
09   Ireland 13 16 16 13 16 16 9 2
10   San Marino 17 17 17 14 17 17 17
11   Croatia 4 11 9 12 12 10 1 10 1
12   Norway
13    Switzerland 9 8 6 8 5 6 5 15
14   Belarus 6 9 10 15 9 11 11
15   Bulgaria 2 2 2 1 1 1 12 1 12
16   Lithuania 15 12 12 10 13 13 2 10
17   Estonia 14 14 13 9 15 14 6 5
18   Israel 11 1 8 2 2 4 7 4 7
Detailed voting results from Norway (Final)[17]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Big Daddy Karsten DivaDean J. Monsen-Tveit A.K. Strøm E. Bakke Average Rank Points Rank Points
01   Israel 14 4 9 6 4 6 5 12
02   Poland 8 16 23 18 16 18 8 3
03   Belarus 21 22 15 21 14 20 19
04   Austria 17 12 21 16 17 19 17
05   Armenia 13 18 20 13 15 17 21
06   Netherlands 5 7 8 9 9 7 4 13
07   Moldova 11 8 5 24 8 9 2 5 6
08   Hungary 22 15 12 7 11 11 7 4
09   Italy 9 2 7 2 2 4 7 9 2
10   Denmark 3 5 4 5 3 3 8 15
11   Portugal 4 1 11 1 1 2 10 1 12
12   Azerbaijan 10 21 19 8 12 13 24
13   Croatia 23 24 24 22 24 24 10 1
14   Australia 6 9 6 12 13 8 3 11
15   Greece 12 13 16 10 22 16 20
16   Spain 25 20 25 23 25 25 22
17   Norway
18   United Kingdom 2 11 13 11 19 10 1 18
19   Cyprus 16 17 22 20 23 22 14
20   Romania 24 10 14 14 10 15 2 10
21   Germany 20 23 17 25 21 23 25
22   Ukraine 18 25 18 15 20 21 23
23   Belgium 15 14 2 19 18 12 4 7
24   Sweden 7 6 3 3 5 5 6 6 5
25   Bulgaria 1 3 1 4 7 1 12 3 8
26   France 19 19 10 17 6 14 16

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Grab the Moment" features unaccredited vocals from Norwegian singer Aleksander Walmann.

ReferencesEdit

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