Norvège 2014

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Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Norwegian entry was selected through the national competition Melodi Grand Prix 2014, organised by the Norwegian broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK). Norway was represented by the song « Silent Storm » performed by Carl Espen and written by Josefin Winther. The entry qualified from the second semi-final and placed 8th in the final, scoring 88 points.

Melodi Grand Prix 2014

Melodi Grand Prix 2014 was the 52nd edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix, which selected Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The competition differed from recent editions; only fifteen artists and songs participated and regionally held semi-finals occurring over several weeks were replaced by three consecutive days of semi-finals, which took place on 7, 8 and 9 March 2014, followed by a final on 15 March 2014.[1]

Format

On 6 May 2013, NRK confirmed Norway’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and announced that the 2014 edition of Melodi Grand Prix would undergo format changes.[2] The competition took place as a week-long music festival with three semi-finals that took place on 7, 8 and 9 March 2014 and a final on 15 March 2014. All shows were hosted by Jenny Skavlan and Erik Solbakken. Fifteen artists and songs participated; five competed in each semi-final and three advanced from each semi-final to the final.[1] The competition’s musical director Vivi Stenburg was in charge of selecting the fifteen competing entries. Stenburg made the selection together with a four-member jury panel that provided commentary during the live shows regarding the songs. The jury panel consisted of:[1]

  • Marie Komissar, music producer for NRK P3 and DJ
  • Kathrine Synnes Finnskog, manager and CEO of Music Norway
  • Gisle Stokland, manager and owner/editor of the website 730.no
  • Tarjei Strøm, drummer and radio host

Competing entries

On 4 July 2013, NRK opened the submission period for interested artists and composers to submit their entries, which lasted until 15 September 2013.[3] A total of 600 entries were received by the submission deadline, of which fifteen were selected for the competition.[4] The fifteen competing artists and songs were revealed on 27 January 2014 with the release of short previews of all competing songs.[5] NRK released the full versions of the songs on 19 February 2014.[6]

Artist Song (English Translation) Music (m) / Lyrics (l)
Carl Espen « Silent Storm«  Josefin Winther (no) (m & l)
Charlie « Hit Me Up » Melanie Fontana, Jon Asher, Lars Hustoft (m & l)
Cir.Cuz « Hele verden » (The whole world) Joakim Harestad Haukaas, Andre Lindal (m & l)
Dina Misund (no) « Needs » Dina Misund (m), Frode Bjørgmo Strømvik (l)
El Cuero « Ain’t No Love (In This City No More) » Brynjan Takle Ohr (m & l), B. L. Rolland (m), Øyvind Blomstrøm (l), Håvard Takle Ohr (l)
Elisabeth Carew « Sole Survivor » Elisabeth Carew, David Eriksen (no), Simon Climie, Mats Lie Skåre (m & l)
Hilda & Thea Leora (no) « Best Friend’s Boyfriend » Martin Kleveland, Lisa Desmond Linder, Jesper Jakobsen (m & l)
Ilebek « Who Needs the Universe » Andreas Ihlebæk (m & l)
Knut Kippersund Nesdal « Taste of You » Magnus Hængsle (no) (m), Jenny Moe (m & l)
Linnea Dale « High Hopes » Linnea Dale, Kim Bergseth (no) (m & l)
Martine Marbel (no) « Right Now » Martine Marbel (m & l), Goran Obad (m)
Mo « Heal » Laila Samuelsen (no) (m & l)
Moi « Bensin » (Gasoline) Ingjerd Østrem Omland (m & l)
Oda (no) & Wulff « Sing » Christer Wulff (m & l)
Timbre & Frikk Heide-Steen feat. Ida Stein « Frozen By Your Love » Anders Bratterud (m & l)

Shows

Semi-finals

The semi-finals took place on 7, 8 and 9 March 2014 at the Folketeatret in Oslo. Five songs competed in each semi-final with the top three from each semi-final proceeding to the final. The results were determined solely by public SMS voting.[7][8]

Semi-final 1 – 7 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Result Place
1 Hilda & Thea Leora « Best Friend’s Boyfriend » Out
2 Mo « Heal » Final 1st
3 Dina Misund (no) « Needs » Final 3rd
4 Linnea Dale « High Hopes » Final 2nd
5 Timbre & Frikk Heide-Steen feat. Ida Stein « Frozen by Your Love » Out
Semi-final 2 – 8 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Result Place
1 Cir.Cuz « Hele verden » Out
2 Martine Marbel (no) « Right Now » Out
3 Oda (no) & Wulff « Sing » Final 2nd
4 Knut Kippersund Nesdal « Taste of You » Final 1st
5 Charlie « Hit Me Up » Final 3rd
Semi-final 3 – 9 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Result Place
1 Moi « Bensin » Out
2 El Cuero « Ain’t No Love (In This City No More) » Final 2nd
3 Ilebek « Who Needs the Universe » Out
4 Elisabeth Carew « Sole Survivor » Final 3rd
5 Carl Espen « Silent Storm«  Final 1st

Final

The final took place on 15 March 2014 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo.[7] The winning artist and song was determined in two rounds of SMS voting – first to select the top four, and then to select the winner. Carl Espen performing the song « Silent Storm » was the winner.[9]

Final – 15 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Result
1 El Cuero « Ain’t No Love (In This City No More) » Out
2 Elisabeth Carew « Sole Survivor » Out
3 Knut Kippersund Nesdal « Taste of You » Superfinal
4 Dina Misund (no) « Needs » Out
5 Mo « Heal » Superfinal
6 Linnea Dale « High Hopes » Superfinal
7 Charlie « Hit Me Up » Out
8 Carl Espen « Silent Storm«  Superfinal
9 Oda (no) & Wulff « Sing » Out
Gold Final
Gold Final – 15 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Eastern Norway Northern Norway Central Norway Southern Norway Western Norway Total Place
1 Knut Kippersund Nesdal « Taste of You » 17,440 1,805 3,083 2,039 3,390 27,757 4
2 Carl Espen « Silent Storm«  23,264 4,697 4,397 4,812 16,542 53,712 1
3 Mo « Heal » 23,615 3,021 3,181 3,714 3,874 37,405 3
4 Linnea Dale « High Hopes » 22,746 3,304 3,484 4,832 4,720 39,086 2

At Eurovision

Carl Espen at the second semi-final dress rehearsal

To ensure fair ticket distribution in the Nordic region for the semi-finals, the Eurovision Reference Group, at the request by the host broadcaster for the 2014 contest DR, held a draw at the European Broadcasting Union headquarters in Geneva in November 2013 where Norway was drawn to compete in the second semi-final on 8 May 2014.[10] During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Norway was drawn to compete in the first half of the second semi-final.[11] In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Norway would perform 3rd, following Israel and preceding Georgia.[12] Norway qualified from the second semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner’s press conference for the second semi-final qualifiers, Norway was allocated to compete in the first half of the final.[13] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Norway would perform 5th, following Iceland and preceding Romania.[14] Norway placed 8th in the final, scoring 88 points.

On stage, Carl Espen was joined by four violinists and a pianist. The violinists performed on a sloped platform. The stage atmosphere transitioned from a dark setting at the beginning which became brighter as the song progressed.[15]

In Norway, both the semi-final and final were broadcast on NRK1 with commentary by Olav Viksmo Slettan.[16] An alternative broadcast of the final aired on NRK3 with commentary by the hosts of the NRK P3 program P3morgen, Ronny Brede Aase, Silje Reiten Nordnes and Line Elvsåshagen.[17] The Norwegian spokesperson revealing the result of the Norwegian vote in the final was Margrethe Røed.[18]

Points Awarded to Norway

Points Awarded to Norway (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Norway (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Televoting Points Awarded to Norway (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Norway

Split voting results

The following five members comprised the Norwegian jury:[19]

  • Ahmed Ashraf – Chairperson – music and culture journalist
  • Jonas Brenna – Head of publishing
  • Jan Holmlund – entertainment journalist
  • Rannveig Sundelin – vocalist
  • Monica Johansen – artist, songwriter, DJ

Semi-final 2

The Norwegian votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[20]

Semi-final 2 – Norwegian Results
Draw Country A. Ashraf J. Brenna J. Holmlund R. Sundelin M. Johansen Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Malta 8 6 12 2 8 9 8 9 2
02  Israel 7 10 1 5 9 7 12 11
03  Norway
04  Georgia 14 14 13 14 14 14 14 14
05  Poland 5 7 8 9 7 8 2 4 7
06  Austria 10 2 2 7 6 5 3 3 8
07  Lithuania 13 12 10 6 12 11 1 6 5
08  Finland 1 8 5 1 2 3 4 1 12
09  Ireland 11 9 9 12 11 10 7 8 3
10  Belarus 12 11 14 11 13 13 6 10 1
11  Macedonia 3 5 7 10 5 6 13 12
12   Switzerland 9 13 11 13 10 12 9 13
13  Greece 2 3 3 3 3 1 10 5 6
14  Slovenia 4 4 6 8 4 4 11 7 4
15  Romania 6 1 4 4 1 2 5 2 10

Final

The Norwegian votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[21]

Final – Norwegian Results
Draw Country A. Ashraf J. Brenna J. Holmlund R. Sundelin M. Johansen Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 9 21 15 17 15 16 13 15
02  Belarus 19 23 23 21 24 23 14 20
03  Azerbaijan 14 5 18 15 12 13 25 22
04  Iceland 7 13 22 6 8 11 6 5 6
05  Norway
06  Romania 20 4 11 11 2 10 8 7 4
07  Armenia 21 15 25 20 22 21 15 18
08  Montenegro 8 9 8 16 20 12 24 19
09  Poland 11 20 12 23 17 19 1 9 2
10  Greece 5 12 2 10 4 6 17 12
11  Austria 16 1 1 7 7 4 2 2 10
12  Germany 18 16 13 14 16 17 16 17
13  Sweden 6 2 4 4 5 2 4 3 8
14  France 15 19 9 24 14 18 20 21
15  Russia 24 24 17 22 23 24 19 23
16  Italy 25 22 21 19 21 22 23 24
17  Slovenia 2 7 10 13 10 7 21 13
18  Finland 3 14 7 5 1 3 7 4 7
19  Spain 10 3 5 3 11 5 12 6 5
20   Switzerland 22 17 20 25 18 20 9 14
21  Hungary 12 8 14 12 19 14 18 16
22  Malta 13 6 16 1 9 9 11 11
23  Denmark 17 18 24 8 6 15 5 10 1
24  Netherlands 1 11 3 2 3 1 3 1 12
25  San Marino 23 25 19 18 25 25 22 25
26  United Kingdom 4 10 6 9 13 8 10 8 3

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