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Norway: Espen Hana and Publiners take last two final slots

Posted 14 Febuary 2009 at 21:59

Over the past three weekends, the Norwegian televoters had voted through a total of six songs over three Semi-Finals directly to the Norwegian national final.
The six songs which had finished in third and fourth place in the Semi-Finals, together with two wildcards who finished outside of the top four in the Semi-Finals contested tonights last chance saloon. The first addiditional wildcard was given to the act which gained the most televotes and SMS votes in the Semi-Finals despite finishing outside the top four. This was KeSera with their song Party. The second wildcard was awarded by the readers of vg.no, who chose Foxy and their song Do it again.
The eight songs were divided in to pairs and played off against each other in a Quarter Final head to head duel, a system that has been used in the Swedish Melodifestival second chance round in the past. The four remaining songs then fought it out in a Semi-Final head to head duel for the remaining two places. (Winners of duels in bold)
Duel 1: KeSera - Party vs Espen Hana - Two of a Kind Duel 2: Janni Santillan - Yesterday vs Surferosa - U look good Duel 3: Sunny - Carrie vs Publiners - Te Stein Duel 4: Foxy - Do it again vs Jane Helen - Shuffled
In the final duels the results were as follows (Winners in bold) :-
Espen Hana - Two of a Kind vs Surferosa - U look good Publiners - Te stein vs Jane Helen - Shuffled
Espen Hana and Publiners will now join the other six finalists and will compete for the Norwegian ticket to Moscow next Saturday in Oslo, in the Spektrum theatre, the same venue which hosted the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest
The ultimate winner of the Norwegian final will take part in the Second Semi-Final of Europe's favourite TV show in Moscow on Thursday the 14th of May.
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