In 2009 Norway’s Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Fairytale” with a score in the Grand Final that the winners before him, and some even after him, could only dream of. Now, in 2023, the odds to win look pretty great when Alessandra takes the stage in Liverpool, United Kingdom, upcoming May.
Best chance to win since 2009
The Norwegian Head of Delegation, Stig Karlsen, said in a recent interview that the odds are in Norway’s favour when it comes down to a “possible” Norwegian win of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. Stig Karlsen elaborated about how powerful of an anthem Alessandra’s “Queen of Kings” really is, and that the song already became a global banger. When you hear the song, it sticks, and because of that it just might have the power to win this year’s contest.
Some numbers of “Queen of Kings”
The 2023 Norwegian entry, “Queen of Kings”, has become a bit of worldwide phenomenon, and has already gathered 29 million streams on popular music streaming services, but also 133 million views on TikTok since the song was officially released after the Norwegian national final in January of this year.
At the moment the bookmakers put Norway in fourth position to win this year’s contest, but as we know, the bookmakers are not always right, a lot can still happen, especially when the first rehearsal performances are made public.
Some more numbers: In 2018 the bookmakers ranked Alexander Rybak’s second attempt at the crown for Norway, with the song “That’s How You Write a Song”, in the top 5.
Norway’s Alessandra will take the stage first in Semi-final 1 on May 9th 2023. This also means that Norway is the first country to perform, thus will open the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place on May 9th, 11th, and 13th 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 37 countries will compete for the crown. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be a joint venture, since last year’s winner Ukraine cannot organize the contest on home soil because of the ongoing war with Russia.