Alexander Rybak won Melodi Grand Prix with over twice as many votes as second place finisher Rebecca.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK has revealed the number of votes that each super finalist received in the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018. The super finalists received SMS votes from the public, and it has now been revealed that Alexander Rybak won by a landslide:
- 1st place – Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write A Song” (133,164 votes)
- 2nd place – Rebecca – “Who We Are” (46,260 votes)
- 3rd place – Stella & Alexandra – “You Got Me” (29,784 votes)
- 4th place – Aleksander Walmann – “Talk To The Hand” (7,927 votes)
It was then announced that the two with the highest amount of votes would move onto the “gold final”. The voting lines re-opened, and the results were as follows:
- 1st place – Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write A Song” (306,393 votes)
- 2nd place – Rebecca – “Who We Are” (123,504 votes)
Alexander Rybak returns to the Eurovision Song Contest this year after winning for Norway back in 2009 with his song “Fairytale”. He will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 10. Last year, Norway was represented by Aleksander Walmann and JOWST with their song “Grab The Moment”.
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.