Norway was represented by Elisabeth Andreassen, with the song ‘ »I evighet« , at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May at the Oslo Spektrum, following Secret Garden‘s victory for Norway in Dublin the previous year. « I evighet » was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 30 March. This was the last of four Eurovision appearances as a main performer by Andreassen, a record shared with Lys Assia, Fud Leclerc and Peter, Sue & Marc.
The MGP was held at the studios of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Oslo, hosted by Tande-P. Eight songs took part with the winner being chosen by voting from regional juries. Other participants included three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen (as one of the duo To Tenorer) and Geir Rønning, who would later represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.
|1||Scandinavia||« Når hjertet står i brann »||When the heart is on fire||12||8|
|2||Arnold B. Family||« Din smittende glede »||Your huge joy||29||6|
|3||Elisabeth Andreassen||« I evighet«||In eternity||88||1|
|4||Stephen Ackles||« Jennina »||—||32||5|
|5||Mia Gundersen||« Tenn lys »||Light a candle||28||7|
|6||Helga Hatløy Hagen & Marie Hatløy Osdal||« Frieri »||Proposal||56||2|
|7||Geir Rønning||« Uten de' »||Without you||56||2|
|8||To Tenorer||« Ariel »||—||39||4|
|Når hjertet står i brann||1||–||–||1||–||2||6||–||2||–||12|
|Den smittende glede||3||1||1||6||4||–||3||1||6||4||29|
The European Broadcasting Union granted Norway, as the host nation, exemption from an audio-only pre-qualifying round which took place on 20 March with all 29 other participants competing to avoid the bottom seven placings which would mean early elimination from the 1996 contest and non-representation in Oslo.
On the night of the final Andreassen performed 12th in the running order, following Estonia and preceding France. At the close of voting « I evighet » had received 114 points, placing Norway second of the 23 entries. The highest marks received were three 10s from the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden – since the introduction of the current scoring system in 1975, « I evighet » is the only song to have finished second without receiving a single 12 points vote. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to Portugal.
Points awarded to Norway
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Points awarded by Norway
(Note : Entries scored out are when Norway did not compete)