Norvège 1997

Norway was represented by Tor Endresen, with the song ‘ »San Francisco« , at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. « San Francisco » was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 8 March, and is mainly remembered for bringing Norway’s recent run of Eurovision success – they had finished 5th, 6th, 1st and 2nd in the previous four contests – to a spectacular end.

Final

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 chosen by a split between televoting (60%) and an « expert » jury (40%). Endresen finally gained MGP victory at his eighth attempt.[1] Several of the jury members were friends of Tor Endresen and told the press that « Endresen deserved to win » regardless of what song he participated with.[2] Among the other participants was Geir Rønning, who would later represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.

MGP – 8 February 1997
Draw Artist Song Votes Place
1 Marianne E. Olsen « Min egen superstar » 11.3% 5
2 Angela Kim Lewis « So ro lille tull » 14.3% 3
3 Guro Håvik « Consensus » 10.6% 6
4 Penthouse Playboys « Om du elsket meg » 12.6% 4
5 Geir Rønning « Venter på deg » 7.0% 7
6 Beate Olsen « Rolig » 2.9% 8
7 Tor Endresen « San Francisco«  23.9% 1
8 Manjari « Lys » 18.0% 2

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Endresen performed third in the running order, following Turkey and preceding Austria. At the close of voting « San Francisco » had failed to pick up any points at all, the eighth time Norway had found itself at the bottom of the scoreboard at the end of the evening, and a record fourth nul-points finish. The 1997 ignominy was shared with Portugal, who had also been completely shunned by the national juries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to France.[3]

Voting

Points awarded to Norway

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

12 points  France
10 points  Malta
8 points  Sweden
7 points  Denmark
6 points  United Kingdom
5 points  Greece
4 points  Poland
3 points  Ireland
2 points  Cyprus
1 point  Russia

References

  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1997
  2. ^ Kato M. Hansen. « Norway national final 1997 » in OGAE News 56/57, 1997:19.
  3. ^ ESC History – Norway 1997