In Norway, Nora Brockstedt is a Eurovision legend. With two Eurovision appearances and an impressive 11 turns at Melodi Grand Prix, she became a household name in her heydey and remained a pillar of stage entertainment for the rest of her life. Sadly she has taken her final bow. Nora — lively until the end — has passed away at age 92.
“This is a huge loss,” theatre director Tom Sterri, who worked with Nora in 2010, told VG. “Luckily she had many, many, many years. And she filled those years with delight for those of us who got to hear and see her. The little lady was so great. I’m glad I had the honor of working with her.”
Nora — Norway’s very first participant — sang at Eurovision in 1960 and 1961. She introduced Norway to Le Grand Prix with the song “Voi Voi,” finishing fourth before climbing the charts in Norway. Lively for the time, the chanson melded big band and dance hall with orchestral flourishes. You don’t get songs like this anymore.
She followed up the next year with the melody “Sommer i Palma” which placed seventh.
Our thoughts go out to Nora’s family during this difficult time.