Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!
Norway have had a lengthy history at Eurovision, having participated a total of 57 times at the contest. Throughout their history, we have seen Norway win the contest a total of three times, but on the flip side we have seen Norway come last in the finals more than any other nation. Whether this is a record to celebrate or not could be up for discussion, but today we are going to focus the latest three Norwegian entries at Eurovision! After our recap it will be up to you to decide which is the Best of the Bunch!
Let’s rewind the clock back to 2016, where through a national final, the young artist Agnete was chosen to represent Norway with her song Icebreaker. With three consecutive Top 10 positions, the pressure was on for Agnete to continue the good run of results. The song itself was polarising for fans, with some enjoying the disjointed style of song, while others finding it difficult connect to the song. In the end, Agnete fell short of reaching the final, finishing in 13th place in the semi-final with 63 points.
After the slight misstep of the previous year, Norway needed something strong to bring them back to the final. Once again, they chose to hold a national selection, and it was decided that the duo of JOWST and Aleksander Walmann would take to the Eurovision stage with the radio-friendly pop track titled Grab the Moment. Interestingly, the song flew under the radar for a while during the Eurovision pre-season, however at the contest itself, the duo qualified in the confident position of 5th, and in the final finished in a very respectable 10th place.
That brings us to Norway’s latest Eurovision entry, which as you will remember was a very familiar face! Returning to the contest was Alexander Rybak, Norway’s most recent winner! We have seen former Eurovision winners return, and the challenging thing is that unless the former winners win again, they can only go downhill! During the lead up to this year’s contest, it started to seem more likely that Alexander Rybak could actually win again with his energetic and fun entry, That’s How You Write a Song. Looking back at the results, Norway qualified into the final in the top spot of the semi-final, however in the final, Alexander finished in 15th place.
So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!
If you want more Best of the Bunch from Norway, check out our original series:
If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here: