Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989

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Eurovision Song Contest 1989
Country Norway
National selection
Selection processMelodi Grand Prix 1989
Selection date(s)11 March 1989
Selected entrantBritt Synnøve
Selected song"Venners nærhet"
Finals performance
Final result17th, 30 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Norway was represented by Britt Synnøve, with the song '"Venners nærhet", at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 May in Lausanne, Switzerland. "Venners nærhet" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 11 March.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Melodi Grand Prix 1989[edit]

The final was held at the Forum in Stavanger, hosted by Øystein Bache. Nine songs took part in the televised final, of which three songs were selected for a "super final". The winner was decided by a five-way jury; an expert jury made up of professional musicians, a press jury, and three public juries split by age group. Other participants included 1987's Kate Gulbrandsen, three-time Norwegian representative and MGP regular Jahn Teigen and Tor Endresen, who would represent Norway in 1997.[1] The evening had its controversies, as fan favorite Jahn Teigen failed to reach the super final, which was met by booing from the audience.[2]

Final – 11 March 1989
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Heidi Halvorsen "Beat for Beat" Eliminated
2 Tor Endresen "Til det gryr av dag" Superfinalist
3 Britt Synnøve "Venners nærhet" Superfinalist
4 Rune Rudberg "Vinger over Europa" Eliminated
5 Ingeborg Hungnes "En lite lys" Superfinalist
6 Ola Fjellvikås "Min Mona Lisa" Eliminated
7 Kari Gjærum "Barneøyne" Eliminated
8 Jahn Teigen "Optimist" Eliminated
9 Kate Gulbrandsen "Nærhet" Eliminated
Superfinal – 11 March 1989
Draw Artist Song Public Jury Press
Total Place
15-30 30-45 45-60
1 Tor Endresen "Til det gryr av dag" 11 16 14 9 7 57 2
2 Britt Synnøve "Venners nærhet" 12 11 11 10 18 62 1
3 Ingeborg Hungnes "En lite lys" 12 8 10 16 10 56 3

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Synnøve performed 8th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Portugal. Although "Venners nærhet" had been tipped as a likely top 10 contender, at the close of voting it had picked up only 30 points (the highest an 8 from Belgium), placing Norway a disappointing 17th of the 22 entries. The Norwegian jury awarded its 12 points to the United Kingdom.[3]

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