By Catherine McGeer •
Published: 13 Feb 2024 • 18:00
From Folk to Fame
Image: Wikipedia/ Tore Sætre
NORWAY is quietly confident about their choice for Eurovision 2024 as they selected the band Gåte (Riddle) to represent them in the much-anticipated song contest. Norway held the ‘Melodi Grand Prix’ on February 3 and Gåte, a unique fusion of traditional Norwegian folk music and explosive rock where selected from the nine finalists.
Gåte is considered a national treasure in Norway, they emerged onto the music scene in the early 2000s, and they enjoyed chart-topping albums, sold-out shows, and even a Spellemann award.
Since their win at the ‘Melodi Grand Prix’ social media platforms have been filled with excited Norwegians expressing their delight and pride for the band that will represent them. Among the excitement, many Norwegians are commenting about the selection process. An international judges panel made up of representatives from Great Britain, Finland, Switzerland, Estonia, and Azerbaijan, among others gets 40 per cent of the vote and the Norwegian people get 60 per cent of the vote.
Fans expressed their relief that the process was changed this year as the ratio used to be 50-50. Many feel that the international panel doesn’t have Norway’s best interests at heart and would not vote for the best band. In fact, the panel chose another band but the Norwegian people were united in their vote making Gåte the winner of the ‘Melodi Grand Prix.’ Only time will tell if the people made the right choice for Eurovision 2024 to be hosted by their neighbours in Malmö on May 11.
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I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!
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