NRK the Norwegian national broadcaster are pushing for a rule change at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 to bring the contest up to date with chart music.
It has been confirmed in an interview with Eurovision World that NRK are pushing for a rule change to enable the use of pre-recorded ‘electronic voices’ at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Norwegian national broadcaster is pushing for the rule change due to their entry “Grab The Moment” featuring the use of ‘electronic voices’ following the chorus.
JOWST who created the song has previously explained that the ‘electronic voices’ are triggered through him playing a keyboard which has been setup with the vocals recorded onto it. Thus the voices in the song are tied to specific notes within the song.
According to JOWST and Aleksander Walmann they have heard from the Norwegian national broadcaster that the rule change is possible before Kyiv. According to the guys the broadcaster believes that a change in the rules is necessary due to the inclusion of such production techniques in a large number of chart songs.
Any change to the contests rules would require the approval of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group.In the event that the rule change is not approved the duo have a version of “Grab The Moment” recorded which does not feature any of the pre-recorded ‘electronic voices’.
JOWST were selected to represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest after winning Melodi Grand Prix 2017 at the start of March. They won the Gold Final with a total of 46,064 votes just under 6,000 votes ahead of second place group Ammunition. This years Norwegian selection also saw the return of an international jury to help decide the four acts who would perform in the Gold Final.
Source: Eurovision World
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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.