As the Eurovision Song Contest final in Baku nears, Swedish music industry professionals criticise Norway’s choice.
Comments about Norway and Iranian-born Tooji’s ‘Stay’ track range from being like the lingonberry jam atop IKEA’s meatballs, to what happens to the meat before it is formed into balls.
Swedish broadcaster SVT’s Thomas Lundin tells NRK, “I think it feels very much like what happened in 2007. It seems as though Norway has committed the classic Finnish mistake of missing the trend by a couple of years.”
Whilst pop singer Måns Petter Albert Sahlén Zelmerlöw calls the track “dismal”, singer and media personality Lena Philipsson references what she sees as Norway’s experienced track record of ‘null points’.
“I remember from my childhood that we sat and watched Jan Teigen sing ‘Mile after Mile’ (‘Mil etter mil), but he did not get off the ground.”
His 1978 Eurovision entry joined the line of other no-pointers:
Anita Thallaug ‘Solvherv’ (’Solstice’), 1963
Finn Kalvik ‘Aldri i livet’ (’Never in my life’), 1981
Tor Endresen ‘San Francisco’, 1997
Norway did not reach the final in 2004, 2006, or 2010.
The Eurovision finals will be held in Azerbaijan’s Baku on 22, 24, and 26 May.
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