Norway came just 26th in the Eurovision Song Contest after only being awarded seven points for Tooji’s ‘Stay’. Things went far from smoothly for NRK, reports say, however.
Sweden, whose artists have not been flattering about the Norwegian contribution, won the ESC after Loreen received 372 points for her song ‘Euphoria’.
Regarding some of the other countries, the UK, that squeezed into next last with 12 points, were the first to perform with Englebert Humberdinck singing ‘Love Will Set You Free'.
Russia’s grandmothers Buranovskiya Babushki swung successfully, and were awarded 259 points, finishing 2nd with ‘Party For Everybody'. The group is formed of eight members but due to Eurovision rules only six could perform.
They hope that any money raised from doing the competition can go towards rebuilding a church in their village of Buranovo.
Serbia were awarded 3rd place with Željko Joksimović’s song ‘Nije ljubav stvar’, which translates to ‘Love is not an Object’.
Hosts Azerbaijan finished in 4th with 150 points for ‘When the Music Dies’ sung by Sabina Babayeva. The other countries to finish in the top ten were Albania, Estonia, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Meanwhile, events took a different turn in Baku for Norway the day before the competition, when comedian Amir Asgharnejad and his team from NRK were detained at Baku’s airport whilst on their return to Norway, Friday.
After passing through security, the team was subjected to abuse and threats after videos featuring the comedian interviewing people in Baku were discovered.
Mr Asgharnejad had been filming interviews in which he reportedly asked stupid questions and translated the answers into Norwegian.
He was that accused of insulting Azerbaijan, taken to an interrogation room, and forced to remove all his clothes. NRK’s programme director Per Arne Kalbakk said that the treatment was completely unacceptable.
“We do not know whether this was a real police action, or a group of policemen who had decided to act like hooligans,” head of entertainment Charlo Halvorsen told the broadcaster.
NRK considered pulling out from the final but decided to carry on as planned out of consideration for the artists and organisers the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), and the organisers.
Norway’s ambassador in Baku has contacted Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs following requests for a meeting by NRK staff.
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