Turkey favourite among Norwegian fans

by Bjørn Erik Opheim 46 views

On the annual spring meeting of the Norwegian Eurovision fan club, OGAE Norway, Jostein Hasselgård appeared as special guest, was interviewed and stayed for a couple of hours to watch, together with 72 present fans, the official videos of the 26 entries competing this year. Sertab Erener's (pictured) song left the audience with the strongest impression.

OGAE Norway's spring meeting took place on Saturday April 5 and lasted for six hours. First, when available, national final videos of the winning entries were shown to the audience. Then there were a break, during which Jostein Hasselgård appeared for an interview directed by Kato Hansen, head of the Norwegian fan club. Jostein told that he had yet to decide whether to release I'm not afraid to move on on a single.

After the interview, all 26 entries were shown again, this time presented through the official video clips. For Jostein, this was his first opportunity to get to know all his competitors for May 24: “My personal favourites are the songs from Turkey, Belgium and Estonia. They had a clear distinctive stamp. But I fear they are too eccentric. Because of this, I believe either The Netherlands or Germany will win,” Jostein told those present while the votes of the audience were counted.

Cause like in previous years, the fans who attended the meeting were invited to disperse ten personal points among the 26 songs. Ten points for one song, one point for ten songs, or like the majority; something in between. The ten most popular songs were…

01. Turkey; Every Way that I can; 93 points
02. Spain; Dime; 89 points
03. Germany; Let's get happy; 84 points
04. Latvia; Hello from Mars; 54 points
05. Belgium; Sanomi; 53 points
06. Iceland; Open your Heart; 50 points
07. The Netherlands; One more Night; 48 points
08. Sweden; Give me your Love; 43 points
09. France; Monts et merveilles; 27 points
10. Russia; Ne ver, ne bojsia, ne prosiz; 26 points

Malta and Poland shared the last position, each receiving only one point. The present Eurovision fans also predicted Jostein Hasselgård to finish ninth in Riga. Good Evening, Europe! was chosen to represent Norway in OGAE's Second Chance Contest.

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