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Norway: Ten Countries Make Up Melodi Grand Prix International Jury

Ten countries will make up the international jury that decides 50% of the vote in the first round of the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2017 on Saturday night.

The international juries are making a return to Melodi Grand Prix this Saturday having last been used in 1995. The juries will be voting in the first round of the process, awarding 1-7, 8, 10 and 12 points to their favourite songs. The spokesperson from each of the ten nations will announce only their 12 points to the viewers at home.

The ten countries on who will have a say in the results in Oslo are:

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Malta
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Between the ten countries a total of 580 points are up for grabs, the Norwegian public will decide the other 580 points up for grabs. The results of the Norwegain televote will be converted from an overall percentage for each song, into points rounded to the nearest whole number. Once the results of the international juries and the public are combined, four songs will progress to the Super Final. In the Super Final, the winner will be decided by the Norwegian public only.

The running order is as follows:

  1. Ulrikke – Places
  2. Jenny Augusta – I Go Where You Go
  3. Rune Rudberg Band – Run Run Away
  4. JOWST – Grab The Moment
  5. Kristian Valen – You & I
  6. In Fusion – Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over
  7. Amina Sewali – Mesterverk
  8. Ammunition – Wrecking Crew
  9. Elin & The Woods – First Step In Faith/Oadjebasvuhtii
  10. Ella – Mamma Boy

Mr Karlsen has made it clear that Norway wants to win the Eurovision Song Contest again having last won in 2009. Norway failed to make the final of the Eurovision Song Contest last year in Stockholm where they were represented by Agnete with the song “Icebreaker”. Furthermore, the contest has strong backing from the broadcasting chief at the Norwegian national broadcaster.

Source: NRK

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Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and have won the contest on three occasions. The country has the dubious record of finishing last a total of eleven times, of which four songs received nul points. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. In the final he scored 387 points, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from all of the competing countries.

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