Jahn Teigen, who represented Norway in 1978, 1982 and 1983, has died aged 70. The news was confirmed by Jahn’s manager, Trond Lie.
Jahn was born in Tønsberg in eastern Norway. He started his career with the band Enemies in the 1960’s. His breakthrough did not come until the 1970’s, as the lead singer of Popol Vuh (later Popol Ace). He later joined the comedy trio Prima Vera.
Jahn took part in the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions. The first was in 1978 with the song “Mil etter mil” which failed to score any points. This song was the first song to score zero points under the new voting system. Despite the failure to win, “Mil etter mil” became a huge hit in Norway.
He returned to the contest in 1982 together with Anita Skorgan, whom he later married and had a daughter with. Their entry “Adieu” finished 12th in the final. The following year, Jahn again participated as a solo artist, with Anita Skorgan providing backing vocals for him. The song “Do Re Mi” finished 9th, which was Jahn’s best placing in the contest. Jahn was also a commentator on Norwegian television for the 1991 contest. He took part in Melodi Grand Prix a total of 14 times, with his most recent participation being 2005. He also appeared as part of the interval act in the contest on several occasions.
Jahn released 17 albums over his career. He was awarded a First Class of the Order of St. Olav in 2011 for his contribution to Norwegian music. He passed away in Ystad in Sweden, where he had lived since 2006.
The Eurovoix team would like to express our condolences to Jahn’s family and friends at this difficult time.