The Norwegian national final “Melodi Grand Prix”was packed with good entries and a lot of nice music surprises of former Norwegian performers. After an exciting voting and by a wide margin it became clear that Agnete is going to represent Norway in Stockholm with the unusual tempo change song “Icebreaker”.
Agnete Kristin Johnsen was born in Nesseby, Northern Norway in 1994. When she was a teenager she joined the punk band The Black Sheeps. This group has also won the Junior Melodi Grand Prix 2008 with the song “Oro Jaska, beana” . In the year 2011 this band has also participated in the real Melodi Grand Prix with the song “Dance Tonight” , where they made the second place. Agnete has also participated at the “Dancing with the stars” show, which she could win as well.
The Norwegian song “Icebreaker” is an extraordinary contribution, a modern pop song indeed, which starts like a techno song, but when it comes to the chorus the tempo is changing to slow. This is quite unusual, but not totally new in the ESC. At least it will wake up the TV spectators and jury members. The striking voice plus her gorgeous looks combined with this extraordinary contribution will definitely have a place in the Grand Final. Due to the fact that she comes from the far north of Norway, she can really break the ice.
Top 10: 22
Chance for Top 10: 40 %
Norway has joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960. The first entry “Voi-voi” by Nora Brocksted made a good 4th place. Norway is the record holder in getting last at the ESC when it comes the voting. In the 54 years of history, Norway has been last for 11 times, and four times Norway has not received a single point. Even if the Scandinavian countries have a similar taste of music and singers are mostly known all over Scandinavia, Norway and Sweden battle out their own competition, but like all Scandinavian countries been very generous to give high points in Scandinavia.
On the other hand, Norway has won three times and has been in the Grand Final for 51 times and reached the Top10 21 times, that’s a 39% chance for Top10 position for Norway. Some Norwegian entries have become real evergreens such as “Lykken er” by Hanne Krogh (1971, 17th place), “Mata Hari” by Anne-Karine Ström (1976, 17th place), “Mitt Liv” by Kate Gulbrandsen (1987, 9th place) and “My Heart Is Yours” Didrik Solli-Tangen (2010, 20th place). In the recent years Norway has been quite successful again, since 2012 Norway could always qualify for the Grand Final, that’s mainly due to the good quality songs on a very good international level.
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About me: My first Eurovision I watched was in 1987, Brussels. Since then I am following the ESC with great enthusiasm. The greatest fascination for me is the fact that the entire Europe is watching the show at that specific night. Since 2010, Oslo I am a member of the eurovisionlive.com team. I had the chance to witness the second German victory with Lena. My biggest wish would be to have the orchestra back, as it used to be until 1998.