Country Of The Month: Norway Part-3!

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We continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Norway. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the most memorable Norwegian entries.

KEiiNO – Spirit In The Sky

In 2019, Norway selected KEiiNO and their song “Spirit In The Sky” to sent in Tel Aviv. The song was in English with some phrases in Northen Sami. The song was composed by Tom Hugo Hermansen, Henrik Tala, Fred-René Buljo, Rüdiger Schramm, Alexander Olsson, Alexandra Rotan and Alexander N Olsson. At the final, KEiiNO placed 6th with 331 points.


KEiiNO is a three-member group that was formed in 2018. The members are Tom Hugo, Alexandra Rotan and Fred Buljo.

Tom Hugo Hermansen or simply Tom Hugo was born on 27th of October 1979, in Kristiansand, Norway. He is a singer and has written songs for many artists across Europe and Asia. He has also made some hits as a singer in Norway and in Germany. Songs of Tom has been sung by well-known K-Pop supergroups. Tom has taken part in MGP (Melodi Grand Prix) – Norway’s national final – in 2013 and 2018.

Alexandra Rotan was born on 27th of June 1996 in Råholt, Norway. In 2010 took part in the junior version of MGP. Her song reached the superfinal. After a couple of years, in 2016, she took part in the Norwegian version of Idol, where she was eliminated in the semifinal. Alexandra also took part in 2018 MGP alongside Stella Mwangi (Norway 2011) and finished third.

Fred Buljo was born on 6th of February 1988 in Kautokeino, Norway. His full name is Fred-René Ørergård Buljo. He is a Sami Norwegian singer that focuses on Norwegian folk sounds and jolk. He came into the public’s attention in 2008, when he participated in Norway’s got talent and reached the final. After his participation, he made live appearances throughout Scandinavia and Russia. Except for singing, Fred has also been keen on political affairs. From 2013 to 2016 was a representative in the Sami parliament in Norway.

The group won the Norwegian national final in 2019 and represented the country with the song “Spirit In The Sky”. The three singers managed to place 6th in the final with 331 points, but first in the public voting! This year, KEiiNO tried again to represent Norway. They compete in MGP and placed second.

Norway in the Eurovision

Norway debuted in the contest in 1960. Since then, the country has participated 59 times. Norway has missed the contest twice. In 1970, Norway withdrew over its disagreement with the voting system (four countries won the 1969 contest). In 2002, was forced in withdrawal under the then rules of the contest.

The country has failed to qualify three times for the final – 2007, 2011 and 2016. Norway has a record number of last places – 11 times – 4 times of which with no points at all (1963, 1978, 1981 and 1997). In 2012, Tooji and his song “Stay” placed last at the final. That is the most recent last place of the Nordic country.

Norway has a total of twenty-four TOP-10 places, winning on three occasions. The first victory came in 1985 with Bobbysocks and “La det Swinge” and the second was in 1995 with Secret Garden and “Nocturne”. The most recent victory came in 2009; Alexander Rybak and his song “Fairytale” received 387 points, the most points any country had ever received under the 1975-2015 voting system.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think it is one of the most memorable entries from Norway? Let us know in the comment box below.

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