Song of the Day – Every day we shuffle through Eurovision History and present a random entry of the Eurovision Song Contest. Today we go back to 1969 and look at the Norwegian entry. In 1969, Norway sent a real Eurovision addict to Madrid. Kristi Sparboe had represented Norway in 1965 and 1967, coming 14th and 13th. In 1966 and 1968 she participated in the Norwegian selection. In 1968 she won the Norwegian selection, but her song was disqualified for claims of plagiarism of a popular Cliff Richard song.
In the same year she released a Norwegian cover of the Spanish winning entry “La,la,la”. In 1970 she would enter the German selection as Norway decided not to participate in 1970 (due to the tie scandal). She only came 4th and thus her 1969 performance is her last appearance on a Eurovision stage.
In her song “Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli”, Sparboe sings of how happy she will be when her boyfriend will only have interest in her. She sings that he chases after many girls, but seems to be very optimistic that she can convince him to only be with her. She sings that she’ll “have a party” and that she would be the “only guest”. This innuendo caused a scandal in Norway, as a professor of literature criticized the lyrics and said “oj,oj,oj” was the only good part of the song. After the song came last with only one point, the debate about the suitability of the entry continued throughout the summer in Norwegian newspapers.
Here is our Song of the Day: