Saturday saw Carl Espen Thorbjørnsen’s song ‘Silent Storm’ sweeping into first place of Norway’s Eurovision Song Contest Finals with the help of heavy voting from his home district on the west coast.
‘Silent Storm’ was written by Thorbjørnsen’s cousin Josephin Winther and had been heavily favoured heading into the weekend final of the Eurovision qualifier. National daily Aftenposten awarded the track a score of five on a scale of one to six and it won the most votes in the semi-finals last weekend. It ended up in a duel for first place along with one of the other favourites, ‘High Hopes’ sung by Linnea Dale, former Donkeyboy vocalist.
Said the finals winner to national broadcaster NRK after victory was secured: – I’m feeling a lot right now, both relief and joy. It feels just completely fantastic.
He admitted to also feeling pressure from all the hype surrounding ‘Silent Storm’, a ballad that starts off slowly and quietly but builds up into an impressive crescendo that utilizes Thorbjørnsen’s impressive vocal range to the max. – I just focused on what I needed to do,” Thorbjørnsen related to NRK, which aired the show live from the Oslo Spectrum Arena. – And I’m just so incredibly grateful that the Western parts of Norway managed to mobilize so many votes.”
Norway is set to perform in the second of the two Eurovision semi-finals in Copenhagen, set for Thu May 8.