In an interview with the Norwegian broadcaster NRK, the head of OGAE Norway, Kato Hansen, expressed his concernes related to the fact that the Norwegian music industry have a very negative impression of the Eurovision Song Contest. He mentions Sweden, Germany and France as examples of countries where the record companies shows a lot of interest in the contest.
“Throughout the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, it has happened several times that record companies have used unexperienced artists. It's logical that this is not a smart thing to do. If you want success, you will need an artist with stage experience and who really know how to sing,” Kato Hansen told NRK. “I really hope that this situation will change. I would appreciate that the Norwegian record companies in greater extension would use the resources they already possess. They simply haven't realized yet which potential there is in the Eurovision Song Contest. As long as they keep their eyes shot, nothing will happen,” Hansen added.
In the NRK article, Kato Hansen is praised for his extensive knowledge on Eurovision related matters. There are very few details of the Eurovision history he doesn't know about, the broadcaster claims.
“Take a closer look at Sweden, Germany and France, and you will see that the record companies in these countries have a very offensive attitude towards Eurovision, which they even have commercial interests in. The compilation CD with all the participating songs in the last edition of the Swedish national final, topped the Swedish album list in nine consecutive weeks,” he told.
Representatives for the music industry don't feel the need of hiding their weak interest and ambitions towards Eurovision: “You're welcome to quote me that this is like a 'Superbowl of karaoke', and nothing else. I see the contest as an entertaining TV show and that's it, Ole Evenrude, the producer of the former Eurovision participants Lars Fredriksen, Stig van Eijk and Charlotte Nilsson, told.