It's the return of Rybak! Norway's most recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak, is set to return to the competition in Lisbon with the song That's How You Write a Song after winning the national selection, Melodi Grand Prix.
The Norwegian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest was organised by broadcaster NRK and was held at Oslo Spektrum, the same venue where the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest was held. The show was hosted by Kåre Magnus Bergh and Silya Nymoen.
In the first round, ten acts received points from the international jury and the viewers at home. Each of the ten international juries included five members meaning that 50 international experts were involved in the Norwegian national selection.
The four songs that received the most points advanced to the final round, known as the Gold Final, where the winner Alexander was chosen solely through the public vote.
The gold finals finalists are in bold:
Alexander Rybak (31) became known all over Europe when he represented Norway and won Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. He broke all previous records with 387 points. The song, Fairytale, topped the European charts after his victory, and his album Fairytales was released in 25 countries.
Since Eurovision Alexander has been working on numerous music projects and toured Europe. Alexander was born in Minsk, Belarus. At the age of 5, he and his family moved to Oslo. He learned to play violin, and it was not long before he started performing on stage.
JOWST (Joakim With Steen) who represented Norway in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, alongside vocalist Aleksander Walmann, performed their entry, Grab The Moment, during the interval.
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Norway made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960. The country has finished last more times than any other however in the case of Jahn Teigen, who scored zero in 1978, it turned him into a star!
This year Norway will participate in the first half of the Second Semi-Final on Thursday 10th May in Lisbon.