Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976
|Eurovision Song Contest 1976|
|Selection process||Melodi Grand Prix 1976|
|Selection date(s)||7 February 1976|
|Selected entrant||Anne-Karine Strøm|
|Selected song||"Mata Hari"|
|Final result||18th, 7 points|
|Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Norway was represented by Anne-Karine Strøm, with the song '"Mata Hari", at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in The Hague. "Mata Hari" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 7 February. This was a third Eurovision appearance in four contests for Strøm.
Melodi Grand Prix 1976
The final was held at Centralteatret in Oslo, hosted by Jan Voigt. Five songs were presented in the final with each song sung twice by different singers, once with a small combo and once with a full orchestra. The winning song was chosen by voting from ten regional juries.
|Final – 7 February 1976|
|Without orchestra||With orchestra|
|1||Jahn Teigen||Anita Skorgan||"Hastverk"||226||3|
|2||Gudny Aspaas & Jahn Teigen||Dag Spantell, Anne Lise Gjøstøl, Gro Anita Schonn & Stein Ingebrigtsen||"Alltid en vind"||147||4|
|3||Gudny Aspaas||Hans Petter Hansen||"Du fikk meg glad"||131||5|
|4||Gudny Aspaas & Jahn Teigen||Inger Lise Rypdal & Jahn Teigen||"Voodoo"||351||2|
|5||Gudny Aspaas||Anne-Karine Strøm||"Mata Hari"||643||1|
|Detailed Regional Jury Votes|
|2||"Alltid en vind"||9||20||14||10||18||21||15||14||6||20||147|
|3||"Du fikk meg glad"||13||12||12||5||20||7||7||33||13||9||131|
On the night of the final Strøm performed 9th in the running order, following the Netherlands and preceding Greece. "Mata Hari" was an uptempo song which had been given a very contemporary disco arrangement, and prior to the contest had attracted more attention than was the norm for Norwegian entries at the time. It was not expected to challenge for the win as the consensus was that the title would be fought out between France and the United Kingdom, but was widely predicted as likely to give Norway one of its better placements to date. However things did not go to plan, and at the close of voting "Mata Hari" had picked up only 7 points (4 from Portugal and 3 from the Netherlands), placing Norway last of the 18 entries, the fourth time the country had finished the evening at the foot of the scoreboard. In the wake of the poor result, it was widely suggested that Strøm's odd presentation – in which she appeared on stage in a very unflattering pair of sunglasses, which she proceeded at apparently random intervals to remove and wave around and then put back on again – may have been puzzling and distracting for viewers and juries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.