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.

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RIP

I recommend this tribute from MGP 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwWSa-GWL70

Erin
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Erin

Voi Voi was a great door opener for Norway at the time as a cleverly whimsical and playful song. Nora’s career and longevity are remarkable and she’ll continue to live in the hearts of millions around the world.

Daniel
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Daniel

92 is a very good age. Devestating news btw.

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

Will be thoroughly missed!

Jaccobabe
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Jaccobabe

Very sad. She was a great lady.

Sarah Boucher
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she has also covered the 1958 eurovision winning song in norwegian and swedish and appeared on an advent calendar in 1979.

davve
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davve

RIP