Norway’s Eurovision 2017 entry JOWST had originally submitted two songs to Melodi Grand Prix this year.
In a press conference after their second rehearsal, Norway’s JOWST revealed that he had submitted two songs to their National Final selection show Melodi Grand Prix 2017. JOWST, who will represent Norway at this years Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Grab The Moment”, has stated that he’d submitted two songs after seeing a Facebook ad.
“I actually submitted two songs to the contest. One of them I made for submitting it to the contest, but this song [Grab The Moment] was made just for me, just for Spotify and things like that, and I was in the process of making the song – it was almost finished – and I was thinking ‘yeah why not, I should try and submit the song and see what they say!'”
Norway Second Rehearsal (Highlights)
By keeping with the same staging as the national final, and only making minor tweaks for the larger Eurovision stage, Norway have managed to perfect to create the perfect staging for this kind of song. The staging is almost identical to that of Melodi Grand Prix. The addition of the holograms of a polygon of Alexander’s face and the static on the screen during the start of the performance are good additions that sticks with the viewer without appearing like a gimmick.
Norway are being represented by JOWST and Aleksander Walmann with the song “Grab The Moment”, JOWST won the Goldfinal of Melodi Grand Prix with a total of 46,064 votes, 6,000 votes ahead of runners-up Ammunition. 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 year’s selection process, however, the show had its highest share of viewers since 2010, with 73% of viewers tuning into watch the competition.
Norway will compete in the Second Semi-Final on Thursday 11th May 2017.
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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.