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Norway: Participation in Eurovision 2025 is confirmed!

Since the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, questions have been aroused as to whether Norway will participate in next year’s major music competition. Now NRK has finally concluded after talks with the EBU and the new report that was published yesterday.

Now the EBU has recognized that they had problems this year and they are working to improve it. And what we’ve been told, in addition to what they’ve come out with publicly, sounds very good. So now we will work constructively and positively to get Norway into Eurovision in 2025. We will participate

says music manager for Melodi Grand Prix, Stig Karlsen.

He emphasizes that they have not received an answer to everything the EBU should do next, but that NRK’s ​​plan is now ready.

The registration deadline for next year’s competition is set for mid-September. There are so far around 16 countries registered for next year’s competition. Both Sweden and Denmark have already confirmed participation.

-We hope that the EBU ensures that the ESC is not used as a political tool, because there was quite a bit of this this year. It is also important that they become better at communicating, crisis management and security around the event.

Against the background of this year’s controversies and protests during the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU, the organizer of the contest, promised a thorough evaluation and review of the event.

Yesterday, the EBU published a report in which they consider further measures to improve the safety of the artists. At the same time, they announced that they are creating new leadership positions in the Eurovision Song Contest, and that they have been recommended to create a crisis team that can prevent and handle crises.

We must communicate well with the artist and provide an understanding of what we do and how we handle this. It is very important that the artist has a good experience throughout.

Of the countries that are registered for next year we also find Israel. There were several demonstrations both in Norway and several other countries in Europe when they were allowed to participate in this year’s competition.

NRK has been clear that we do not engage in a cultural boycott. What is important to us is that Eurovision is not used as a platform for politics, and the EBU has not been able to follow this up as well. We cannot have countries that use the competition as a platform for propaganda.

source: nrk.no

Norway: NRK refers discussions of the Norwegian jury mebers to the EBU for assessment!

Norway’s national television broadcaster, NRK, confirmed that it has sent some information, regarding discussions around the Norwegian jury’s voting to the EBU for assessment.

Daniel Owen, who was one of the Norwegian jury members, expressed his regret about Norway’s jury giving 8 points to Israel this year.

In a post on social media, he said:

“In my opinion, Israel should not be allowed to participate in Eurovision at all. Although I was not involved in the awarding of points to Israel, I would like to apologise that this was shown from the Norwegian jury”

Gunilla Süssmann, who was also part of the Norwegian jury, said:

“The fact that the jury did not choose to boycott artists is not the same as us supporting war. This was a purely professional assessment where we had to assess the best song based on our musical expertise. That is what we have done.”

Stig Karlsen, who was the Head of Deligation for Noway this year, said on NR that Daniel Owen’s words might have caused a brench of the rules:

“We want to emphasize that the jury must judge the song, artist and performance without being colored by politics or other non-musical matters. With Daniel Owen’s statement, it may look like we have a rule violation. Information about the case was yesterday sent from NRK to the EBU for assessment”

The EBU has not yet made an official statement about the situation.

Norway participated in Eurovision 2024 with the band Gåte and the song “Ulveham”, finnishing in the 25th place – last – in the Grand Final of the Contest.

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Eurovision 2024: Norway’s first rehearsal!

Next up, and second to last for today, on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2024 is Norway! Gåte with their song“Ulveham” are ready for their first rehearsal on the stage of Malmö Arena, in Sweden!

Who are Gåte?

Gåte (Norwegian for ‘riddle’) is a band from Trøndelag, Norway playing Norwegian folk music bred with metal and electronica. Their style has been referred to as progressive folk-rock. The band consists of Gunnhild Sundli, Magnus Børmark, Jon Even Schärer, Mats Paulsen and John Stenersen. The band released their first EP, “Gåte EP” in 2000, and rapidly gained popularity. In 2024 they competed in the Norwegian national final for Eurovision 2024, winning the ticket to Malmö and the country’s representation in this year’s contest.

The Rehearsal

Two more rehearsals to go today, and next up Is Norway! Gåte have been performing together for over twenty years – their sound is a mix of rock and Norwegian folk. Their song, Ulveham is a folk tale about a maiden with an evil stepmother who is banished to the woods, transformed into a wolf and ordered to kill her brother. We are not expecting a dance break.

What we are getting, however, is the whole dark, witchy mood of this song, very similar to Gåte’s performance at Melodi Grand Prix but on an epic Malmö scale. A low, slow-spinning platform with some rocks and trees, like a goth terrarium, backed by spooky swirling graphics, lots of atmospheric lasers and green spotlights.

We’ve seen lead singer Gunnhild in lots of amazing outfits over pre-party season – today she’s wearing dark green wide trousers with a matching top that designed to look like she has leaves woven across one shoulder. In the final chorus one of the guitarists throws his guitar high into the air, then catches it – we can only imagine how many guitars have been sacrificed for this big finish.

This is one of the harder performances to describe today because it’s pure atmosphere – a mix of pounding drums, building tempo and Gåte giving it everything.

Norway’s First Rehearsal Credits: Corinne Cumming /EBU

 

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The second rehearsal of Norway will take place on Friday 3/5, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Gåte on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Norway’s first rehearsal from TikTok:

@eurovision Fireflies, guitar throwing, a spinning rock platform… Malmö is living for @GÅTE dark woodscape #Eurovision2024 ♬ original sound – Eurovision

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Norway: Ukraine wins the third show of Adresse Malmø!

NRK, the public broadcaster of Norway, broadcasts Adresse Malmø, a special show dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest. Each week approximately eight songs will be reviewed with the judges rating the songs from one to twelve points.

The professional jury for the Adresse Malmø show includes Thomas Numme and Tara Lina Shahin.

The fan jury consists of Adrian Vad Flaaten from Tønsberg, Victoria Haugan Saur from Sunndal and Alex Snyder (41) from Vikersund and the USA, who shared their score.

The winners of the second episode of the Norwegian preview show for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, were alyona alyona & Jerry Heil from Ukraine.

The results were as follows:

  1. Ukraine – alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – “Teresa & Maria” – 12+10+12+12+12+7+10+12 – 87 points
  2. France – Slimane – “Mon Amour” – 12+7+10+8+10+12+10+6 – 76 points
  3. Armenia – Ladaniva – “Jako” – 10+10+10+10+12+7+3+10 – 70 points
  4. Denmark – Saba – “Sand” – 8+8+7+5+12+3+8+12 – 63 points
  5. Portugal – Iolanda – “Grito” – 6+4+5+3+7+10+4+10 – 49 points
  6. Ireland – Bambie Thug – “Doomsday Blue” – 4+8+2+8+10+1+2+4 – 39 points
  7. Malta– Sarah Bonnici – “Loop” – 4+5+4+3+5+5+5+4 – 35 points

The next episode of Adresse Malmø will be broadcast next Friday 3/5.

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Source :  NRK


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Norway: Spain Wins First Episode of Adresse Malmø Show!

The Norwegian state broadcaster NRK airs a special program dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest every year. Each week, approximately eight songs are reviewed by judges who rate the songs from one to twelve points.

Nebulossa from Spain won the first episode of the Norwegian preview show for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

In the celebrity jury for the first Adresse Liverpool show were Ingeborg Heldal, Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen, Jim Ødegård Pedersen, and Marte Stokstad.

Comedian Pernille Sørensen and presenter Peter Bubresko participated in the show for the first episode in the main jury. In the fan jury, Ida Hovland (from Haugesund, Norway), Catharina Amundsen (from Halden, Norway), and Erling Levang (from Nittedal/Haugesund, Norway) gave their ratings.

The results were as follows:

  • Spain – Nebulossa – Zorra – 79 Points (12, 4, 12, 10, 7, 10, 12, 12)
  • Azerbaijan – Fahree ft. Ilkin Dovlatov – Özünlə apar – 69 Points (5, 12, 10, 12, 4, 7, 12, 7)
  • Georgia – Nutsa Buzaladze – Firefighter – 67 Points (12, 12, 12, 12, 3, 8, 2, 6)
  • Netherlands – Joost Klein – Europapa – 65 Points (12, 10, 8, 5, 10, 4, 8, 8)
  • Cyprus – Silia Kapsis – Liar – 63 Points (7, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 8, 10)
  • United Kingdom – Olly Alexander – Dizzy – 55 Points (7, 6, 8, 6, 5, 8, 7, 8)
  • Slovenia – Raiven – Veronika – 41 Points (7, 4, 5, 5, 6, 5, 7, 2)

The next program of Adresse Malmø is as follows:

  • Show Two – Friday, April 12th

Einar Tørnquist and Isah participate in the main jury for the second episode. In the fan jury, Hansi Tryggvasson (from Bærum, Iceland), Simen Formo Hay (from Oslo), and Synne Eikenes Sørensen (from Larvik, Norway) will give their ratings. Among the countries to be rated by the juries are Austria, Iceland, and Belgium.

  • Show Three – Friday, April 19th

Thomas Numme and Tara Lina Shahin are part of the main jury for the third episode. The fan jury includes Drian Vad Flaaten (from Tønsberg, Norway), Victoria Haugan Saur (from Sunndal, Norway), and Alex Snyder from Vikersund/USA. Among the countries to be rated are France, Denmark, and Ireland.

  • Show Four – Friday, April 5th

Sandeep Singh and Erik Solbakken, host of Eurovision 2010 and Eurovision Young Dancers 2011, are part of the jury. Eva Nodeland (from Elverum, Norway), Øystein Antonsen (from Arendal, Norway), and Omid Rashidi (from Visby, Norway) are part of the fan jury. Among the countries to be rated are Switzerland, Finland, and Italy.

  • Show Five – Friday, May 3rd

In the final episode of Adresse Malmø, Are Kalvø and Ingebjørg Bratland will participate in the main jury. Marko Stojiljkovic (from Serbia), Jon Arne Ravndal (from Oslo), and Anna Lycke (from Nannestad, Sweden) are part of the fan jury. Among the countries to be rated are Croatia, Greece, and Sweden.

You can watch the show on NRK Player here.

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Source: NRK

Norway: NRK Likely to Drop Eurovision Reviews Due to Reviewer Boycott

NRK’s music critics are unwilling to cover the Eurovision Song Contest as long as Israel participates, leading the channel to likely drop such reviews this year.

“Several of the contractors that NRK normally uses have informed us that they do not wish to take on the assignment of writing reviews for Eurovision,” says editor-in-chief Elisabet Davidsen of NRK to Aftenposten.

The background is the war in Gaza. Israel‘s actions have led to significant opposition to the country’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), and many criticize the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for allowing the country’s participation.

“It would never have been an option to acknowledge Israel‘s participation. That would have been completely unthinkable,” says reviewer Espen Borge.

NRK usually reviews all entries in the competition, with reviews often having a somewhat humorous tone.

Norway is represented this year by Gåte and the song “Ulveham”, and has been drawn to compete in the second half of the Second Semi-Final.

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Source: Aftenposten

Norway: “Adresse Malmø” returns, on April 5th!

Just a few days ago, the Norwegian public broadcaster announced the return of “Adresse Malmø” for yet another year as a pre-show for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest! Today, it was revealed that the program will premiere on Friday, April 5th.

“Adresse” is a show on Norwegian public television that presents and evaluates the songs participating in this year’s competition. The show has been airing since 1973, and since 2004, it has featured a panel that evaluates the songs.

A judging panel consisting of Eurovision fans and notable personalities will evaluate all the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. Each week, approximately eight songs are presented, with the judges rating them from 1 to 12.

The schedule for “Adresse Malmø” is as follows:

  • Show One – Friday, April 5th
  • Show Two – Friday, April 12th
  • Show Three – Friday, April 19th
  • Show Four – Friday, April 5th
  • Show Five – Friday, May 3rd

Below are the latest winners of “Adresse”:

  • 2023: France – La Zarra – “Evidement” (16th Place)
  • 2022: France – Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn” (24th Place)
  • 2021: Italy – Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni” (1st Place)
  • 2019: Cyprus – Tamta – “Replay” (13th Place)
  • 2018: Austria – Cesar Sampson – “Nobody But You” (3rd Place)

This year, Norway is represented by Gåte with the song “Ulveham,” and they have been drawn to compete in the second half of the Second Semi-Final. Below, you can watch our Reaction Video.

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Source: NRK

Norway: NRK announced the broadcast of Adresse Malmø!

The public broadcaster of Norway, announced that they will broadcast the show Adresse Malmø, a pre-show for Eurovision Song Contest, for yet another year!

Adresse, is a TV show of the Norwegian public broadcaster, where the songs taking part in this year’s contest will be presented and evaluated, and it will be broadcasted this spring. Adresse is a TV show broadcasted from 1973, while from 2004, a panel is present to evaluate the songs.

A jury consisted of Eurovision fans and familiar faces, will evaluate all songs taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. Each week, about eight songs are presented, and are evaluated from 1 to 12. Applications to be part of the public jury are open, and you can check the details here.

Below you can see the previous winners of Adresse:

  • 2023: France – La Zarra – “Evidement” (16th Place)
  • 2022: France – Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn” (24th Place)
  • 2021: Italy – Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni” (1st Place)
  • 2019: Cyprus – Tamta – “Replay” (13th Place)
  • 2018: Austria – Cesar Sampson – “Nobody But You” (3rd Place)

This year, Norway will be represented by Gåte and the song “Ulveham”, while they are taking part in the second half, of the second semi-final:

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Norway: Gåte does not agree with the participation of Israel in Eurovision 2024!

The group Gåte, despite not making much of a sensation at first, after their appearance in the semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2024, Norway’s national final, is now the big favorite of fans and betting companies to represent the country at Eurovision 2024!

A while ago, the group, in an interview, mentioned that their participation in Eurovision is not certain, in case they win the MGP, since they do not agree with the participation of Israel. Specifically, the band’s singer, Gunnhild Sundli, states:

“The extreme and unbearable situation in Gaza must end as soon as possible. We all agree in the group that Israel’s participation is somewhat problematic with this whole situation. We’ll need some time to discuss it.”

Gåte also specifically mentioned the possibility of their victory in the Norwegian national final:

“If we win on Saturday, it’s something we’ll have to decide. But we’ll need some time to decide what’s best.”

At the same time, the betting’s second favourites, KEiiNO, spoke about Eurovision and Israel:

“We all agree that what is happening in Gaza is terrible. As things stand now, it will be difficult for Israel to participate in the Competition in May.

Finally, Gunnhild Sundli added:

“We are a band that believes that music is something that unites. War never led to peace. We have to see what other countries have to say. I think there will be a need for dialogue with people higher up. It is not an easy decision. We must believe in peace and dialogue and understanding for each nation. And the most important war, the war against war.”

Despite what is happening in Norway, both the EBU and NRK, the public broadcaster, have long stated that they are not going to boycott Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2024.

The Grand Final of Norway’s national final is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday, February 3, where the country’s representative for Eurovision will be decided.

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Source: NRK

Norway: Artists ask for Israel’s exclusion from Eurovision 2024!

Almost 300 Norwegian artists have signed a petition against Israel’s participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö. “We want NRK to take more responsibility”, says Marthe Valle, one of the singers included in the petition.

Ane Brun, Aurora and the group Karpe are some of those  who have signed. In total there are 293 artists that have signed the petition. Some familiar names that have competed in MGP can be found in the list, like Ulrikke Brandstorp, Maria Haukaas Mittet, Jørn Hoel and Åge Aleksandersen as well.

Aleksandersen took part in MGP 1980, in what is considered the best MGP final in history. He says that it was a matter of course for him to sign this petition:

“It means so much to me. I have made songs that address this issue. And I think what is happening is so ugly, and it hurts me and many others. Therefore, it was right for me to contribute with my voice.”

The petition states that Israel’s violation of intenational law, is now normalized because there are no concequences:

“For now, the EBU says that it will not ban Israel from this year’s final, as it did with Russia after the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. This is selective morality and politics from a union that claims to be apolitical.”

Singers Marthe Valle and Μarte Wulff are the initiators of this petition, and they say they want NRK to take responsibility and put some pressure to the EBU:

“We wish we didn’t have to do this. We wish NRK took responsibility. But then the point of this appeal is to show that there are many voices who now say that Israel cannot be a participant in Eurovision. All the time we are selective about when we should promote morality and politics, and when we choose to overlook it. We cannot pretend that this should be an arena for dialogue and solidarity, when Israel kills several hundred children a day.”

In this list you can see the names of all the artists that have signed the petition.
NRK MGP Demonstration against Israel

NRK MGP Demonstration against Israel

Despite this whole situation in Norway, NRK, the country’s public broadcaster, has announced that they are not going to boycott Israel’s participation in Eurovision this year.

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