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VIDEO: Ylvis headline US talent show finale

Norwegian YouTube sensation Ylvis have yet again taken the US by storm, performing their hit song "What does the fox say?" on Tuesday night at the finale of the US talent show "Dancing with the Stars".

VIDEO: Ylvis headline US talent show finale
Ylvis: Brian Friedman for iHeartRadio
US pop culture website Hollywood Life wrote that the Norwegian brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker "totally stole the spotlight" from Lady Antebellum and Enrique Iglesias, the other two headliners. 
 
"We couldn’t help but laugh at the ridiculous dancing duo’s outrageous moves and crazy fox outfits!" the site's reviewer wrote, calling the appearance "the performance of a lifetime". 
 
This week, The Fox will also be sung during an episode of Glee, the hit US drama which centres around a pop choir.  Amber Riley, one of the drama's actresses, won the "Dancing with the Stars" talent contest. 
 
Ylvis managed to stop off in Norway for just one day on Monday after a trip to Hong Kong where they performed at an Asian music awards. They still found time to perform at Statoil's Christmas Party, before jetting of to Los Angeles for Tuesday's performance. 
 
Their song, The Fox, is on the point of passing 250 million views on YouTube.
 

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GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway

How many artists have serenaded Norway in song? Richard Orange scours YouTube and Spotify to find ten great tracks, one of which is little more than an angry stream of obscenities.

GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Norway popster Maya Vik from the video Oslo Knows. Photo: Screen grab/YouTube
Bruce Springsteen's longtime guitarist Steve Van Zandt, or 'Little Steven', is so captivated by Norway's music scene that he set up a record label just to sign up Norwegian bands.   So far he's signed up four, the most famous being the all-girl punk outfit Cocktail Slippers. 
 
"Who knows why but Scandinavia is the rock ’n’ roll capital of the modern world," he maintains. 
 
This month saw Oslo pop duo Nico & Vinz reach number four on the US charts, the second year in a row a Norwegian act has hit the Billboard top ten.  Last year, Ylvis's YouTube smash The Fox peaked at number six. 
 
But how has Norway gone down among international rock acts. Not always so well, judging by Half Man Half Biscuit's sweary diatribe, Stavanger Töestub (with its confusing Swedish accent), or by Velvet Underground founder John Cale's song about escaping the country, or indeed by Of Montreal's description of sleepless summer nights.
 
Norwegian bands, on the other hand, tend to dismiss Oslo as a small-town backwater.  Somehow, though, it all adds up to some pretty good music. 

LOOK AND LISTEN: Ten Great Songs about Norway

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