Olav Viksmo-Slettan the Norwegian commentator for NRK’s Eurovision coverage has decided to step down after ten contests.
NRK has announced that Olav Viksmo-Slettan will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest commentary booth this May in Rotterdam. Olav Viksmo-Slettan has been the Norwegian commentator since the 2010 contest in Oslo and is stepping away from the contest after ten years. He commented:
I’ve been so lucky to do this job for many years, and found that ten was a nice and round number to round off.
Stig Karlsen the Head of Delegation for Norway added:
He has been the voice that has led us through perhaps the biggest TV party of them all. That with a good balance of respect for each country’s contribution. At the same time, he has pointed out the many obscurities and oddities, which he occasionally shows up in the world’s biggest music show, with his ingenious and warm humor
Ulrikke will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song ‘Attention’. Ulrikke will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 12.
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.