Norway is continuing their preparations for MGP 2023. As artists prep for Delfinale 2 on Saturday 21 January, Ben speaks to Swing’it. They are vying to represent Norway in Liverpool with Their song “Prohibition”.
Check out our interview with Swing’it here!
Together, Swing’it and Ben talk about the inspiration behind their song “Prohibition.” They also talk about their favorite jazz musicians, the band’s “prohibition parties”, and Martin’s love for Liverpool football.
Swing’it is a Norwegian jazz band that specializes in traditional New Orleans style jazz. The band is made up of Martin Jarl Velsin, Leif Peter Vilhelm Grahn, Edvard Bondi Knowles, Jan Ivar Ekroll, Vebjørn Mamen, Håvard Mathisen Tanner, and Håkon Kvam. They have played all over Europe and the USA with their “prohibition parties” which emulate 1920s American speakeasies and feature jazz, burlesque, and other types of entertainment. They are competing with their song “Prohibition” written by Martin Jarl Velsin, Jonah Charles Hitchens, Vebjørn Mamen, and Sam Peter Norris.
Norway’s Eurovision Journey
The Scandinavian nation made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, with Nora Brockstedt and the song “Voi Voi”, which placed 4th. Since their debut, they have participated 60 times, and made the grand final 57 of these. In addition, Norway has won the competition three times (1985, 1995, and 2009).
Norway’s latest Eurovision participation saw them being represented by Subwoolfer with the song “Give That Wolf a Banana”. During their participation, Norway placed 10th in the grand final, receiving 182 points from the jury and televoters.
What do you think of our interview with Swing’it? Do you think “Prohibition” will represent Norway in Liverpool? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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