Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Earlier this week the European Broadcasting Union acknowledged that its members have big concerns — and it pledged to address them across three major areas

And, as a result of that, Norway’s Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen says his country is ready to participate in Eurovision in 2025.

“Now the EBU has recognized that they had problems this year and they are working to improve it,” he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “And what we’ve been told, in addition to what they’ve come out with publicly, sounds very good. So now we will work constructively and positively to get Norway into Eurovision in 2025.”

Even so, he says that not all of Norway’s specific concerns have been addressed.

“We hope that the EBU ensures that the ESC is not used as a political tool, because there was quite a bit of this this year,” he said. “It is also important that they become better at communicating, crisis management and security around the event.”

Israel is among the 16 countries that have already confirmed their participation in Switzerland next year. Israel’s participation was, of course, controversial before and during the most recent contest in Sweden.

“NRK has been clear that we do not engage in a cultural boycott,” Karlsen said. “What is important to us is that Eurovision is not used as a platform for politics, and the EBU has not been able to follow this up as well [as the other issues that Norway raised]. We cannot have countries that use the competition as a platform for propaganda.” 

Following Eurovision, Norway’s act Gåte were very clear that they did not always feel totally safe backstage. Karlsen hopes that contestants will have a better experience next year. 

“We must communicate well with the artist and provide an understanding of what we do and how we handle this. It is very important that the artist has a good experience throughout.”

Are you happy that Norway is returning to the competition? What concerns do you still have? Let us know in the comments box down below. 

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Fatima
Fatima
6 days ago

If I were Stig Karlsen, I’d put more energy on getting Norway out of last place than I would bleating about the EBU.

Iban
Iban
5 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Well said Fatima!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
5 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

who cares about this fake competition?

keep going for last place entries to troll the contest

who cares about the fishwife eurofans

Anya
Anya
23 hours ago
Reply to  Fatima

Ah! You really do know how to make one happy for what we have <3

MaryFT
MaryFT
8 days ago

I agree with this position. I think Israel should withdraw since it may be hard to find a justification in the rules to kick out the country. But if Israel participates again something has to change.
The fake clapping and the massive manipulation of public voting should not be tolerated. Israel poses as a liberal democracy and the what I saw was propaganda like a smelly autocratic regime. The day after Israeli media was all about “Europe still loves us”… Pathetic.

Iban
Iban
8 days ago
Reply to  MaryFT

Pathetic MaryFT, was the pre-competition ban campaign (the Mother of patheic’s!!) and on top an outright failure !!… Don’t patronize moral standards (who should do what), you have no ground really to claim it! Especially when it is visible you don’t even have the basic comprehension of general sizable events. Just too big for you… Be humble!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
7 days ago
Reply to  MaryFT

absolutely agree, since those fascist money lovers within the EBU find israeli moroccanoil more important

stinking dictator osterdahl

i hope another covid pandemic will come to cancel the contest again

Iban
Iban
7 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Another covid pandemic??? Are you mentally stable?…..

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
7 days ago
Reply to  Iban

i’m no socializer so, i am always at home

so yeah my opinions when it comes to music might just be different than most others

and ok fair enough i shouldn’t hope for that, i should be more selfless rather than selfish, but i am literally on my last nerve regarding all of this negativity

Nils
Nils
5 days ago
Reply to  Iban

By now, everyone should know he clearly isn’t.

Sierri
7 days ago
Reply to  MaryFT

No oneshould be kicked out of Eurovision, the EBU need to stop doing that, Russia invaded Ukraine, Israel invaded Palestine, Joost Klein didn’t want to be filmed and pushed a camera, so what? It’s not the EBU’s job to involve themselves in this and ban everyone, that’s the countries choice to invaded another, doesn’t involve the EBU.

Roy
Roy
9 days ago

The audacity! 2 of their juries said they gave 0 to eden just because of the war… so they don’t neet to talk about using politics at all… shame on them!

Darren
9 days ago
Reply to  Roy

It wasn’t political.

A) the song wasn’t good

B) Countries committing a gen o cide shouldn’t be rewarded.

Anya
Anya
8 days ago
Reply to  Roy

Demanding shame when Israel got eight points is kinda silly.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
7 days ago
Reply to  Roy

stop spreading your fishbreath everywhere, you stupid attention seeking troll

Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue
9 days ago

Depends on what they mean by political. Does that mean scarves, fingernails, and ancient text face tattoos will not be tolerated? Or might they do something about a country using Eurovision as a propaganda tool to improve their image while they commit international war crimes?

Iban
Iban
9 days ago
Reply to  Peggy Sue

Sure the first not the latter.

Darren
9 days ago
Reply to  Iban

Welcome back B ANI

Im so fab
Im so fab
10 days ago

They will probably threaten to quit another 100 times. But they won’t of course.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
11 days ago

the public also votes politically tbh i myself don’t, i voted for what i thought was the best song/performance, and this year in the semi that was San Marino for me, really above their usual standard, i was blown away by their wholesome epic performance and ”no doubt” inspired spanish rock entry in the final i voted for croatia, because the Lasagna gave it just that tiny bit more in the final compared to the semi which was already great but in the final it was super iconic and slightly cleaner vocals i never had one moment of thinking i… Read more »

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
11 days ago

hopefully we Netherlands aren’t as spineless as these losers and we go through with our withdrawal (hopefully for good)

otherwise the NPO deserves to be abolished, since we can’t have weak broadcasters in our nation

Anya
Anya
8 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Nah. They are going to negotiate and the Netherlands will be given something to make them stay. Isn’t trade their specialty?
The Netherlands?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
7 days ago
Reply to  Anya

we shouldn’t stay, we should withdraw for good, as long as fascist israel participates

and you shut your f-ing mouth, troll anya

we netherlands are the superior power, we need to begin a strategic operation ourselves like russia is doing, but then on EBU’s headquarters

Iban
Iban
7 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

What is this language Anonymous91??… You sound like Joost!…

ECD534
ECD534
2 days ago
Reply to  Iban

There is a theory going around since 2023 that Anonymous91 and Bejba are the same people.

ECD534
ECD534
2 days ago
Reply to  ECD534

“same person”, not “same people”. Please Wiwibloggs: Add the feature to edit message (and report people <3)

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
11 days ago

Cowardly spineless norway UGH, another country which goes to my hatelist of asskissing ebu losers

Bejba
Bejba
11 days ago

Dear SpineLess Norway , Can You Picking A Side Please ? You Are So Preformative No One Actually Beliefs You When You Say Things Now . Stop With All The Gossip , Norway , And Do Something Instead Of Being A Complane

ECD534
ECD534
2 days ago
Reply to  Bejba
  1. Could you please use DeepL in the future? Just write put your Turkish language messages through DeepL and we can finally understand what you’re trying to say. Please, PLEASE use DeepL or at least Google Translate.
  2. Norway says that they participate if the EBU changes things. The EBU changed things, Norway confirmed participation. Why is that “preformative” and “spineless”?
Anya
Anya
11 days ago

Of course, now that Norway has said that this show should not be (ab)used for political gains, then that’s just not going to happen and everything will be fine and we can participate and it will be nice.

This is peak Norway.
Give the wolves a banana, it’s a fairytale.

Iban
Iban
11 days ago
Reply to  Anya

Slam dunk Anya..

Mary
Mary
10 days ago
Reply to  Anya

Ridiculous song can Norway do no better

Anya
Anya
1 day ago
Reply to  Mary

No reason to.
We get zero points anyway, so we send whatever and call it a day….

Sierri
11 days ago

I really hope that this is less political next year, and in the future, it makes it bad to watch, especially when the voting is on

Jofty
Jofty
11 days ago
Reply to  Sierri

What is “bad to watch” is the skewed jury voting towards certain entries (2023 and 2024) making the televote largely irrelevant even before the first mark (or, “sorry, zero points”) is called out.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
7 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

oh let yourself get banged by eden golan the cheap israeli attention seeker

Nils
Nils
5 days ago
Reply to  Sierri

One thing’s for sure: we can’t have another edition like the last one. But I don’t think we will, either. Mostly because I’m optimistic there will be a ceasefire by then.