BY: STEIN ØSTBØMORTEN HEGSETHMARGRETHE BAKKENKNUT ARNE HANSEN
Translated by: Brooklyn Northcote
In total, KEiiNO received 291 points from the audience. The highest score in this year’s Eurovision final.
- We feel we won Europe! We don’t make music for reviewers, so to see that our combination of joik and catchy pop hits so wide is an indescribably good feeling, says Tom Hugo straight in from the greenroom.
KEiiNO got three dice from VG and was slaughtered in Sweden. But of the VG readers, they got five dice.
– We are now looking forward to playing concerts throughout Norway and throughout Europe. More songs are coming, he continues.
- It is very touching to see that people have believed in our message and that we have succeeded in reaching everyone there at home around Europe. We had one goal and that was to win the people – we did it! We won Europe, says Alexandra Rotan.
- We came here to do one thing: get the song, the message and the joik out to the people! And this shows that the joik, which is one of Europe’s oldest singing traditions, touches the folk soul, says Fred Buljo.
The Netherlands won – Swedish disappointment
Closest to the winner was the Netherlands, who received 261 points from the audience votes.
With a total of 231 points from the 41 juries, Duncan Laurence with the song Arcade won 27 points ahead of Italy.
KEiiNO ended up with 338 points, after only 47 points from the 41 juries. The audience votes were enough that KEiiNO jumped from 15th to 5th place.
Sweden led the jury votes by 239 points, but with only 93 points from the audience, Sweden ended in sixth place – six points behind Norway.