When the annuly Norwegian Christmas tour Stille Natt Hellige Natt kicks off on the 27th of November it will be with three former Eurovision Song Contest participants involved, two of them winners. Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak will bring the Norwegian into the right spirit.
Tickets for one of the most eagerly anticipated televised events of the year in Norway went on sale today : it's time once again for the 2013 edition of Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix. Alongside the release of tickets, a few more details became known about the national selection.
Since winning Eurovision in 2009, you'd have thought Alexander Rybak had quite literally lived the fairytale. With fame however, comes attention, some of it most unwanted. Rybak's newest single, out tomorrow, tells of the nightmare he has been experiencing lately with an obsessed fan trying to get too close.
Despite never representing her native Norway at Eurovision, Wenche Myhre remains one of the most
popular artists in the country. With dedicated fans who have faithfully followed her career since she first came to be known in the early sixties, the release of her biography entitled 66 will no doubt be found under many a Christmas tree this year.
Eager to emulate her success with the music for the play Veggen (The Wall) , which was nominated for and also won the prestigious Nopa prize in Norway, former entrant Karoline Krüger is ready to tread the boards once more in the newest play by Tore Vagn Lid entitled Straff (Punishment).
Ketil Stokkan is probably remembered among fans for his two appearances at the contest, but few are probably unaware of the fact that he has had a long music career in his native Norway. Things were quiet around Stokkan up until the release of his album Ta Mæ in 2011. Stokkan is to make a rare TV appearance on the new show Cover Me.
The departure of Per Sundnes from Norwegian broadcaster NRK as lead figure of the popular Melodi Grand Prix caused shockwaves, taking many be surprise. His decision to quit was perhaps extra disappointing for NRK as he left to begin at a rival channel. Now his sidekick Marte Stokstad is also to leave the show, it has been revealed today.
Elisabeth Andreassen or Bettan as she is known to her fans first sang her way into the hearts of many Norwegians back in 1985 as one half of Bobbysocks. Since then, she has gone on to become one of the most popular artists in Norway. The cabaret show Showgirls gave Andreassen even more success, playing a string of packed performances.