The results of the Gold Final in Norway’s Eurovision selection show Melodi Grand Prix 2017 have been revealed.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK have revealed the results of the Gold Final section of their national selection Melodi Grand Prix yesterday, revealing that the winners JOWST won by quite a margin. Ten artists took part in the show on Saturday night in the hopes of representing Norway at this years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. A 50-50 vote from the public and international juries narrowed down the artists to just four, who then took part in the Gold Final. The ten artists that participated were:
- Ulrikke – “Places” [Goldfinalist]
- Jenny Augusta – “I Go Where You Go”
- Rune Rudberg Band – “Run Run Away”
- Jowst feat. Aleksander Walmann – “Grab the Moment” [Goldfinalist]
- Kristian Valen – “You & I”
- In Fusion – “Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over”
- Amina Sewali – “Mesterverk”
- Ammunition – “Wrecking Crew” [Goldfinalist]
- Elin & The Woods – “First Step In Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)” [Goldfinalist]
- Ella – “Mama’s Boy”
JOWST, Ammunition, Elin & The Woods and Ulrikke made it through to the gold final. The winner was then decided by 100% public televote. The number of SMS votes are as follows:
- JOWST – Grab The Moment – 46,064 votes
- Ammunition – Wrecking Crew – 40,128 votes
- Elin & The Woods – First Step In Faith – 28,591
- Ulrikke – Places – 12,662
The introduction of international juries in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix marks an attempt from Norway to try and appeal more to a European audience in May. International juries were previously chosen to select Norway’s entrants in 1985 and 1995, which went on to win the contest. Tonight Armenia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom all helped to decide the results in Norway.
This follows the news that a total of 1.155 million viewers watched the final of Melodi Grand Prix this year. The viewing figures for the show are down 158,000 over last years selection process, however the show had its highest share of viewers since 2010, with 73% of viewers tuning into watch the competition.
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Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.