Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023

Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom, with "Queen of Kings" performed by Alessandra. The Norwegian broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) organised the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2023 in order to select the Norwegian entry for the 2023 contest. 21 entries were selected to compete in the national final, which consists of four shows: three semi-finals and a final. Nine entries ultimately qualified to compete in the final on 4 February 2023, and the winner was determined following the combination of votes from ten international jury groups and a public online vote.

Eurovision Song Contest 2023
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 2023
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
14 January 2023
21 January 2023
28 January 2023
Final:
4 February 2023
Selected entrantAlessandra
Selected song"Queen of Kings"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Henning Olerud
  • Stanley Ferdinandez
  • Alessandra Mele
  • Linda Dale
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 102 points)
Final result5th, 268 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Norway qualified from the first semi-final to compete in the grand final on 13 May, ultimately finishing in fifth place with 268 points, the country's highest placing since 2013.

Background edit

Prior to the 2023 contest, Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-one times since its first entry in 1960.[1] Norway has 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 has 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 has finished last eleven times and has failed to score a point in four contests. Following the introduction of semi-finals for 2004, Norway has finished in the top ten nine times. In 2022, "Give That Wolf a Banana" performed by Subwoolfer qualified to the final and placed tenth.

The Norwegian national broadcaster, Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), broadcasts the event within Norway and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. NRK confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 June 2022.[2] 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 participations. Along with their participation confirmation, the broadcaster revealed details regarding their selection procedure and announced the organization of Melodi Grand Prix 2023 in order to select the 2023 Norwegian entry.[3]

Before Eurovision edit

Melodi Grand Prix 2023 edit

Melodi Grand Prix 2023 was the 61st edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix which selected Norway's entry for the 2023 contest. The competition consisted of three semi-finals at Screen Studios in Nydalen on 14, 21 and 28 February 2023 and a final at the Trondheim Spektrum in Trondheim.[4] The four shows were hosted by Arian Engebø [no] and Stian Thorbjørnsen [no] and were televised on NRK1 and NRK TV as well as streamed online at NRK's official website nrk.no.[5] In each semi-final, seven songs competed and the top three entries were selected to proceed to the final.[6][7][8] The results in the semi-finals were determined exclusively by online voting, while the results in the final were determined by online voting and ten international jury groups.[9]

Semi-finals edit

  • The first semi-final took place on 14 January 2023. "Queen of Kings" performed by Alessandra, "Geronimo" performed by Umami Tsunami and "Honestly" performed by Ulrikke Brandstorp advanced to the final, while "Wave" performed by Eirik Næss, "Tresko" performed by Rasmus Thall, "Tårer i paradis" performed by Kate Gulbrandsen and "Freaky for the Weekend" performed by Byron Williams Jr. & Jowst were eliminated.
  • The second semi-final took place on 21 January 2023. "Ekko inni meg" performed by Jone, "Prohibition" performed by Swing'it and "Love You in a Dream" performed by Elsie Bay advanced to the final, while "Drøm d bort" performed by Sandra Lyng, "Fuego" performed by Alejandro Fuentes, "Waist" performed by Ella and "Turn Off My Heart" performed by Bjørn Olav Edvardsen were eliminated.
  • The third semi-final took place on 28 January 2023. "Love Again" performed by Skrellex, "Not Meant to Be" performed by Eline Thorp and "Masterpiece" performed by Atle Pettersen advanced to the final, while "Triumph" performed by Akuvi, "Break It" performed by Tiril, "Someday" performed by Stig van Eijk and "Freya" performed by Maria Celin were eliminated.

Final edit

The final took place on 4 February 2023.

Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Jone "Ekko inni meg" 40 30 70 5
2 Eline Thorp "Not Meant to Be" 42 18 60 6
3 Skrellex "Love Again" 14 40 54 7
4 Ulrikke Brandstorp "Honestly" 60 78 138 2
5 Umami Tsunami "Geronimo" 19 30 49 9
6 Atle Pettersen "Masterpiece" 94 28 122 3
7 Swing'it "Prohibition" 8 43 51 8
8 Elsie Bay "Love You in a Dream" 49 34 83 4
9 Alessandra "Queen of Kings" 104 129 233 1

At Eurovision edit

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to 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. On 31 January 2023, an allocation draw was held, which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, and determined which half of the show they would perform in. Norway has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2023, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[10]

Once all the competing songs for the 2023 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. Norway was set to perform in position 1, before the entry from Malta.[11]

At the end of the show, Norway was announced as a qualifier for the final.

Voting edit

Points awarded to Norway edit

Points awarded by Norway edit

Detailed voting results edit

Detailed voting results from Norway (Semi-final 1)[12]
Draw Country Televote
Rank Points
01   Norway
02   Malta 14
03   Serbia 11
04   Latvia 12
05   Portugal 9 2
06   Ireland 8 3
07   Croatia 7 4
08    Switzerland 3 8
09   Israel 6 5
10   Moldova 5 6
11   Sweden 2 10
12   Azerbaijan 13
13   Czech Republic 4 7
14   Netherlands 10 1
15   Finland 1 12

The following members comprised the Norwegian jury:

  • Jonas Nes Steinset
  • Raymond Enoksen
  • Eli Kristin Hanssveen
  • Emmy Kristine Guttulsrud Kristiansen
  • Mimmi Tamba
Detailed voting results from Norway (Final)[13]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Rank Points Rank Points
01   Austria 19 22 8 21 4 12 19
02   Portugal 10 8 23 16 16 16 24
03    Switzerland 5 10 15 6 22 9 2 6 5
04   Poland 15 21 14 18 9 18 5 6
05   Serbia 22 14 16 7 6 13 20
06   France 7 15 11 19 19 15 3 8
07   Cyprus 11 2 3 17 11 4 7 9 2
08   Spain 9 24 18 4 8 10 1 23
09   Sweden 2 3 1 2 3 2 10 2 10
10   Albania 16 20 20 23 18 24 16
11   Italy 6 4 7 5 17 5 6 4 7
12   Estonia 13 11 21 22 7 14 18
13   Finland 1 1 2 1 2 1 12 1 12
14   Czech Republic 21 5 19 8 5 7 4 14
15   Australia 3 16 4 15 13 6 5 15
16   Belgium 12 18 17 20 12 20 7 4
17   Armenia 20 13 22 14 20 23 25
18   Moldova 4 7 12 3 1 3 8 12
19   Ukraine 23 17 25 9 21 21 10 1
20   Norway
21   Germany 25 6 6 10 14 11 17
22   Lithuania 18 9 9 24 15 17 13
23   Israel 8 12 5 12 10 8 3 8 3
24   Slovenia 14 23 13 11 23 19 22
25   Croatia 24 25 24 13 24 25 11
26   United Kingdom 17 19 10 25 25 22 21

References edit

  1. ^ "Norway Country Profile". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (Sergio) (6 June 2022). "Norway: NRK confirms participation at Eurovision 2023". ESCToday. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  3. ^ "The submission of entries for the Melodi Grand Prix 2023 has started". ESCXtra. 22 June 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Norway: 'Melodi Grand Prix' acts announced". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 10 January 2022. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  5. ^ Popescu, David (7 October 2022). "Norway: MGP 2023 to be hosted by Arian Engebø & Stian "Staysman" Thorbjørnesen". ESCUnited. Retrieved 23 December 2022.
  6. ^ Håkonsen, Rune (14 January 2023). "Melodi Grand Prix 2023 – fremføringene fra første delfinale" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  7. ^ Akkan, Ismail Burak; Trulsen, Ola Nymo (21 January 2023). "Melodi Grand Prix 2023 – fremføringene fra andre delfinale" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  8. ^ Fredriksen-Sylte, Alexander (28 January 2023). "Melodi Grand Prix 2023 – fremføringene fra tredje delfinale" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  9. ^ Adams, William Lee (30 November 2022). "Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2023 will have three semi-finals…but no duels or pre-qualified finalists". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 23 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Eurovision 2023: Allocation Draw results". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 31 January 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Semi-Final running orders revealed!". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 22 March 2023. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  12. ^ a b c "Results of the First Semi-Final of Liverpool 2023". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  13. ^ a b c "Results of the Grand Final of Liverpool 2023". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union.

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