Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Norway
National selection
Selection process Melodi Grand Prix 2017
Selection date(s) 11 March 2017
Selected entrant JOWST
(with Aleksander Walmann)
Selected song « Grab the Moment« 
Selected songwriter(s) Joakim With Steen
Jonas McDonnell (no)
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified
Final result 10th, 158 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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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 Kiev, Ukraine.

Background

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 for the 2004, Norway has only failed to qualify on three occasions, their most recent failure occurring in 2016 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 Eurovision

Melodi Grand Prix 2017

Melodi Grand Prix 2017 was the 55th edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix and it selectwd Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. In the aim of improving Norway’s chances of victory, international juries were be reintroduced into the Melodi Grand Prix format; international juries were previously used to select Norway’s entries in 1985 and 1995, which resulted in the selection of songs that went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest.[4]

Competing entries

A submission period was opened by NRK on 9 June 2016 and lasted until 11 September 2016.[3] Prior to the deadline, a record-breaking number of 1,035 entries were submitted to NRK.[5] Songwriters of any nationality were allowed to submit entries, while the performers of the selected songs will be chosen by NRK in consultation with the songwriters. In addition to the public call for submissions, NRK reserves the right to directly invite certain artists and composers to compete. In late 2016 and early 2017, ten songs from different genres was chosen to participate,[6] and the selected singers, entries and composers were revealed on 7 February.[7]

Final

Ten songs competed during the final on 11 March 2017, hosted by Kåre Magnus Bergh (no) and Line Elvsåshagen (no). This year 10 international juries gave 1–8, 10 and 12 to their favorite songs making it a total of 580 points from the juries while the Norwegian public also gave 1-8, 10 and 12 points to their favorite songs. The four songs with the most points proceeded to the Gold Final.[8] Melodi Grand Prix 2017 was seen by 1,155,000 viewers in Norway, roughly 158,000 less than the viewing figures for 2016.[9]

Final – 11 March 2017
Draw[10] 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 (sv), Åsa Larsson, Mats Larsson Eliminated
4 JOWST[a] « Grab the Moment«  Joakim With Steen, Jonas McDonnell (no) Gold Final
5 Kristian Valen « You & I » Kristian Valen Eliminated
6 In Fusion « Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over » Gustav Eurén (sv), Danne Attlerud (sv),
Niklas Arn, Ulrik Eurén (sv), Cissi Kallin
Eliminated
7 Amina Sewali « Mesterverk »
(Masterpiece)
Amina Sewali Eliminated
8 Ammunition « Wrecking Crew » Åge Sten Nilsen, Erik Mårtensson (sv) Gold Final
9 Elin & The Woods « First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii) »
(First Step in Faith (Safety))
Robin Lynch, Elin Kåven (no) Gold Final
10 Ella « Mama’s Boy » Per Kristian Ottestad (no), Ida Maria Eliminated
Detailed International Jury Votes
Draw Song Armenia Austria Finland Germany Hungary Republic of Ireland Israel Malta Sweden United Kingdom Total
1 « Places » 12 12 12
2 « I Go Where You Go »
3 « Run Run Away »
4 « Grab the Moment » 12 12 12 12
5 « You & I »
6 « Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over »
7 « Mesterverk »
8 « Wrecking Crew » 12 12
9 « First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii) »
10 « Mama’s Boy » 12
International Jury Spokespersons
Gold Final – 11 March 2017
Draw Artist Song SMS votes [11] Percentage Place
1 JOWST[a] « Grab the Moment«  46,064 36.14% 1
2 Ulrikke « Places » 12,662 9.94% 4
3 Elin & The Woods « First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii) » 28,591 22.43% 3
4 Ammunition « Wrecking Crew » 40,128 31.49% 2

At Eurovision

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

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[12] 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) 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. Norway will be 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.[13] 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, to be held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[14]

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. Norway was set to perform in position 12, following the entry from Croatia and before the entry from Switzerland.[15]

Notes

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

References

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  9. ^ « Mer enn 1,1 millioner så JOWST vinne MGP-finalen – NRK Kultur og underholdning – Nyheter og aktuelt stoff ». Nrk.no. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
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  12. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). « Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Jordan, Paul (21 January 2016). « Semi-Final Allocation Draw on Monday, pots revealed ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Jordan, Paul (25 January 2016). « Allocation Draw: The results! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Jordan, Paul (8 April 2016). « Running order of the Semi-Finals revealed ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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