13 February – She sees that the earth is our mother

If you’re really into your contest, you’ll be watching all of the national finals, semi-finals and miscellaneous heats from around Europe as broadcasters pick their songs for Rotterdam. Some don’t bother asking the public, but some like a whole series of shows.

That’s happening in Norway this year, with the MGP final very soon. They had several shows which gives us lots of entertainment. Back in 1988, today’s beautiful birthday girl Karoline Krüger was subject to a semi-final (which she sailed through) before she won NRK’s MGP. In the final, she beat a certain Jahn Teigen and a certain Tor Endresen. Big names. Fast forward to Dublin, and she achieved a creditable fifth spot – her country’s second-best finish in the 1980s. It was a great performance, and a classic from our Norwegian friends, partly courtesy of a certain songwriter Anita Skorgan. And who doesn’t love a candelabra.

Karoline is 50 today.

Gratulerer med dagen, Karoline!