#BIRTHDAY: Carl Espen from Norway is 40 today

#BIRTHDAY: Carl Espen from Norway is 40 today

Do you ever notice that some songs are touted as winners, only to fade away once they get to the host city. It could be a missed staging opportunity, or the draw conspiring against it.

Back in 2014, we all gathered in Copenhagen for a highly-anticipated contest. One song became a fan favourite, but there were a few others we thought might – just might – spring a surprise. One such expectation was for today’s birthday boy Carl Espen (Thorbjørnsen). He nipped across the Skagerrak with a downbeat song that drew people in. Added to a fan base from certain elements of the Eurovision community, and hopes were high. If you recall, we did have an out-and-out winner, but Carl didn’t disgrace himself. Sixth in his semi-final and eighth in the Grand Final. A finish on the left-hand side of the scoreboard is highly prized these days, so go Carl!

Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton


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