Pre-Contest Vote 2014: Norway

Welcome along to the latest summary article in ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2014! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 37 entries! Right, shall we get onto the next country?

Norway is the next country in our series!
Norway is the next country in our series!

This is how we’re running this series of articles in which we’re going to cover all 37 entries for this year:

  • We’re going to take on these articles in the running order for 2014 (Armenia is first, Latvia is second etc). We’ll do two articles a day.
  • We’ll refer back to the Song Presentation or NF Review of the song. We’ll provide you with the video so you can have a listen (if you haven’t managed to listen to it yet…which is highly unlikely!)
  • We’ll also give you a few words from both of us while giving the song a score out of 12.
  • Finally, there’ll be a poll below for you guys to vote and give us your points on the song!

Got it? 🙂

Back on the launch page, you can find links to the 18 countries we have covered so far; but right now I’m moving on to Norway. Their annual national final Melodi Grand Prix returned with a slightly altered format in 2014, and it produced an incredibly strong nine-song final, including brilliant entries such as “High Hopes” by Linnea Dale and “Taste Of You” by Knut Kippersund Nesdal. However, in the end it was Carl Epsen’s “Silent Storm” which won the lion’s share of the televotes, and thus won the right to represent Norway in May. Here’s the song:

Our opinions:

Rory – Okay, this is sorta..borderline for me. Of course, he has an amazing voice and is so humble about everything, but in terms of the song…it’s very sort of…boring. Linnea Dale would have been amazing for Norway, but this is just as good! Score: 4 points out of 12.

James – Oh Norway. I understand “Silent Storm” was by far the most universally popular song in your selection, but I would have been so much happier had Linnea or Knut won the ticket to Copenhagen. Carl’s song is just a poor man’s “Long Live This Love” and lovely as it is, it doesn’t do an awful lot for me, sorry. Score: 5 points out of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Norwegian song, what do you think of it? Tell us by voting in the poll!


Did you vote? Well by the end of this series, we’ll know how many of you fans love/like/hate Norway’s song! In the meantime, though, stay tuned to ESC Views, as Rory will be tacking Georgia imminently!

If you’d like to share your opinions on Norway’s song, please feel free to comment below or vote in the poll!

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