NORWEGIAN NATIONAL FINAL 1973

The Norwegian Final was held on February 17th at the Château Neuf in Oslo, hosted by Vidar Lønn-Arnesen. Each of the songs were performed twice (by different performers) – firstly with a small band, and secondly with an orchestra. The winner was chosen by the votes of 14 members of the public who gave each song 1-5 points.

1 Rett deg opp Straighten up Gro Anita Schønn Stein Ingebrigtsen 29 5th
2 Det var jo sant It was true Anne Karine Strøm Benny Borg 40 2nd=
3 Om du kunne If you could Ellen Nikolaysen Anne Lise Gjøstøl 40 2nd=
4 Å for et spill Oh what a game Ola Neegaard, Gro Anita Schønn,
Stein Ingebrigtsen & Inger Lise Rypdal
Bendik Singers 50 1st
5 Alternativ Alternative Lillian Harriet Inger Lise Rypdal 36 4th

The Bendik Singers included Arne Bendiksen, Ellen Nikolaysen & Anne Karine Strøm. Arne Bendiksen had already represented Norway in 1964, Ellen had taken part in the 1972 Norwegian Final (4th), while Anne Karine took part in the Norwegian Finals of 1971 (10th) and 1972 (4th).  At the Eurovision, they sang the song in English as “It’s just a game” and came 7th.  Benny Borg represented Norway in 1972.

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