Eurovision is not happening this year, but there’s no need to stop celebrating the festival of glitter and glamour. And that is exactly what Norway‘s national broadcaster, NRK, is doing for the next few weeks with the show Adresse Europa.
Usually the show Adresse Europa is used as a panel show for each year’s Eurovision — songs are reviewed and given scores, replacing “Europa” in the title with the destination of each year’s contest. So last year’s show was Adresse Tel Aviv, for instance. This year, however, the Norwegians decided to switch it up a bit and are instead celebrating songs that have made an impact in the long history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Adresse Europa will consist of four episodes. In each episode a panel of four judges, two that are in every episode and two guest judges, review a group of iconic songs from the archives of Eurovision history. The show is presented by Marte Stokstad, a television presenter who presented Norsk Melodi Grand Prix in 2010 and 2012. The two judges that are in all the episodes are Ingeborg Heldal, presenter and journalist, and Per Sundnes, former Head of Delegation for Norway and former presenter of Norsk MGP.
Host Marte selected what she considers the most memorable song from each country that was meant to compete in Rotterdam plus Montenegro.
The first episode aired on Saturday April 18 with the singer/songwriter Bendik and stylist and actor Jan Thomas as guest judges.
On top of that the show had an extra panel consisting of four Eurovision enthusiasts, who also gave their views on the group of iconic songs. And among this episode’s enthusiasts was non other than our very own Anne Vik who slayed during her interviews at Norsk MGP earlier this year.
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Earlier this year our @anne.vik brought you lots of coverage from Melodi Grand Prix 2020. So we are thrilled to reveal that she is on the panel of NRK’s Adresse Europa in Norway ?? Normally a panel rates the competing songs. But this year they will rate selections of past songs. Host Marte Stokstad has chosen the most memorable acts from each of the 41 countries that were supposed to compete this year + Montenegro. NRK 1 starts airing the show on the 18th of April and continues the three following Saturdays ?? #nrkmgp #mgp2020 #adresseeuropa #eurovision #esc2020 #eurovision2020 #eurovisionsongcontest
Adresse Europa episode 1: Results
The show uses the same scoring system as in Eurovision: 1-7 points and then 8, 10 and 12. And the results of the first show are as follows:
- Moldova: Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira – “Runaway” and Austria: Conchita – “Rise Like a Phoenix” = 92 points
- Germany: Dschingis Khan – “Dschingis Khan” = 84 points
- Sweden: Carola – “Främling” = 79 points
- Ukraine: Verka Serduchka – “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” = 77 points
- Romania: Cezar – “It’s My Life” = 67 points
- Belgium: Sandra Kim – “J’aime la vie” = 66 points
- The Netherlands: Teach In – “Ding-a-dong” = 65 points
- Azerbaijan: Elnur & Samir – “Day After Day” = 60 points
- Montenegro: Slavko Kalezic – “Space” = 56 points
- San Marino: Valentina Monetta – “The Social Network Song” = 44 points
The next show will be aired on Saturday April 25 on NRK, 21:20 local time.
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