Per Sundnes has the details behind why he was removed the Norwegian jury ahead of the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Former Head of Delegation, Per Sundnes has spoken to TV2 regarding why he was removed from the Norwegian jury at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Per revealed to the audience that the delegations from Ireland and the United Kingdom complained to the EBU about his inclusion due to comments made on the Norwegian preview show. At the time it was only known that the Irish delegation had expressed their views on the issue to the EBU.
It was argued that due to the comments made by Mr Sundnes on the Norwegian preview show that he had already decided which countries should qualify for the final. The Head of the Norwegian selection process has revealed that NRK has learnt from last year and their jury will not feature any guests from the preview show. Adding;
We learned last year that it would not be a good idea to have a jury member who also has to speak on television in advance. Therefore, we have given the job to someone else this year. It’s probably fooled that there’s a bunch that is still in the boat and does not say before they’ve given their points. We are very happy to have Sundnes at Address Lisboa – he is good at both speaking country and to comment on things he does not like.
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.