Posted by: Sarah | May 27, 2010

It’s Eurovision Crazy Here In Oslo…

Every year Europe has a competition for the best song…it’s called Eurovision.  Last year Norway won the competition the day before Eliot and I moved to the country so it only seemed right that I attend the final this coming Saturday.  Besides, the competition is taking place on Fornebu which is a 15 minute walk from our front door.  It was a little tricky getting hold of tickets but I managed it!

Anyway, I thought I would share a little Eurovision fever that has hit Oslo these past days but letting you in on a few facts and figures.  If Eurovision isn’t your thing I have something for you too – take a look at some of the amazing nature here in Norway with these fantastic panoramic shots of the west coast!

Facts About Norway And Eurovision!

In the 1968 event Britain complained that Spain had not voted for their entry (Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’) to make it lose. In 1966 Scandinavians Sweden & Norway, who finished second & third respectively were accused of ‘teaming up’ to help each other.

Norway could be found at the bottom of the list as many as ten times! The unfortunates came last in 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001 and 2004. Nevertheless, they also won three times (in 1985, 1995 and 2009)

In the 1978 competition, Norway became the first country to not receive a single vote for their entry, ‘Mil Etter Mil’ (Mile after Mile)

Norway entered the 1980 competition with a song written about the construction of a hydro-electric power station. Finland, not to be outdone by their Scandinavian neighbours scored nul points in the 1982 competition with a song protesting about the building of a nuclear power station

After many years of trying, exactly a quarter of a century ago the Norwegians broke their unlucky streak by sending Bobbysocks to compete in the 1985 Eurovision

They romped to victory with the memorably catchy tune Let It Swing. Ten years later, Norway won again with the mostly instrumental song Nocturne, performed by Secret Garden.

This folk-style melody had a distinctly Irish flavour, which is perhaps understandable as it won the Eurovision slap-bang in the middle of Ireland’s record-breaking run of victories in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996.

Of course, last year’s winning song was the fantastic Fairytale, performed by violin-wielding Alexander Rybak. The song was a runaway success, being a firm favourite with both Eurovision fans and the bookies months before the contest.

In terms of number of points, Fairytale became the most successful Eurovision song of all time, clocking up a massive 387 votes. It also had the most amount of “douze points” ever awarded, and also left the runner-up trailing by more points than has ever been seen before

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