On Saturday night she won the Norwegian ticket to Eurovision 2020.
And after her victory, Ulrikke Brandstorp has fresh cause to celebrate.
That’s because her song “Attention” has hit the Top Three on Norway’s Spotify Top 50.
The song currently sits at #3 with over 84,000 daily plays on the streaming platform. Since release “Attention” has earned over 379,000 streams.
Only two other acts have made it to the Top 50. Raylee sits just outside the Top 10 at #11. “Wild” has now passed the 1.5 million stream mark, which may offer a consolation to Raylee who missed out on Saturday night.
The only other act on the Top 50 is runner-up Kristin Husøy. “Pray For Me” is at #23 and has 41,458 daily plays.
Ulrikke Brandstorp on voting controversy
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DETTE ER SYKT! ? Drømmen har blitt til virkelighet, og dette er virkelig det største jeg har opplevd! Først og fremst vil jeg takke alle som har støttet og heiet på meg og «Attention» i dette nydelige MGP-sirkuset! ?? Takk til mitt fantastiske team, min unike manager @christoffergunnestad , @christian_ingebrigtsen og @morlandmusic for at dere ville lage en låt med meg, familie, og alle andre involverte! Dette hadde ikke gått uten dere ? Skikkelig stolt av hva vi har fått til! Jeg forstår frustrasjonen rundt stemmeproblemene til NRK, og gårsdagens finale ble ikke sånn alle hadde sett for seg. Mine medfinalister har kommet med gode ord og lykkeønskninger – Det betyr mye. Vi er artister og låtskrivere, så får NRK ta det rundt. NÅ er jeg så sykt klar for å gjøre alt jeg kan for å ta med seieren hjem til Norge i mai! Jeg skal ut i Europa, og der skal jeg spre glede og musikk! For et eventyr det har vært til nå, og for et eventyr det skal bli! TAKK ?? Foto: @celinaceland og @juliamarienagle #nrk #nrkmgp #eurovision #esc #eurovisionsongcontest #ulrikkebrandstorp #attention
Hitmaker Ulrikke has used an interview with NRK to address controversy over MGP voting head on.
Rising above the media furore, Brandstorp says her focus is now on making Norway “proud”:
“We all deserved to win, and I’m just very happy and proud [to have won]. Now I want to make Norway proud, so I really have to get that victory and bring Eurovision back home to Norway.”
Asked about the press circus in Norway, Ulrikke reveals she’s taking it in her stride:
“I have put on my raincoat and am doing well in this storm. Now we just have to focus on trying to take the victory.”
NRK reveals initial findings of voting investigation
It transpires that the volume of emojis caused a “chain reaction” that led to the collapse of the online voting system.
The NRK team revealed they had run stress tests for this kind of scenario, but unfortunately preparations were in vain. The broadcaster had run extensive tests of the system, including tests on programs including Stjernekamp.
That said the broadcaster remains defiant in the face of domestic criticism. Acting Program Director Charlo Halvorsen has ruled out a new vote and says they’re confident the voting system found the “right” winner despite the problems:
“The most important thing for us now is to answer the most important question of whether we can guarantee that voting has gone as normal, that the result is right. And we are sure that it is.”
What do you make of Ulrikke’s Spotify success? Do you think she can go all the way in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments below!
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