maria haukaas storeng to eurovision 2008

Norway has decided in tonight’s Melodi Grand Prix Finals – and we very well did so – to send Maria Haukaas Storeng along with her powerful soul vocals to the first semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade.

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Song composer Mira Craig (left) and MGP winner Maria Storeng

Storeng gave a solid and sultry performance of “Hold On Be Strong” written by Mira Craig, one of Norway’s most successful artists to date. I’m not too sure how this will fare in the Serbian capital, when last year’s contest was hounded with strong region-centric voting (East Europe vs. well, the rest; “sister countries” voting for each other despite). But I’m sure that Storeng’s performance will be one of the classy ones, not something that relies on tacky theatrics or regional votes to sail through. And compared to the other entries so far, Norway has delivered one decent entry.

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Storeng got almost twice as much points of runner-up Torstein Sødal in the combined jury and audience televoting, with two jury votes giving her the highest number of points and 4 out of 5 Norwegian regions giving her a total of almost 165,000 points to win. Let’s just hope she’d be well received in the rest of Europe too in May!

Here’s the video of her performance from the Norwegian second semi-finals two weeks ago.

All photos courtesy of NRK.

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4 Responses to “maria haukaas storeng to eurovision 2008”


  1. 1 zocalo February 10, 2008 at 7:56 am

    i thought grandprix was just over? either time seems to fly by or i’m suffering from amnesia, but i swear grandprix in norway was in fall/winter…

  2. 2 freshmess February 10, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    You’re right, MGP ended last night. It started a month ago. :)

  3. 3 horaan September 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    maria and hold on be strong my favoriye.song is very perfect…yes hol on be strong maria:)


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