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VIDEO: Bouncer wins Norway Eurovision spot

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VIDEO: Bouncer wins Norway Eurovision spot
Carl Espen rehearsing with choreographers. Photo: Carl Espen website
11:59 CET+01:00
Norway has chosen the thick-set former bouncer Carl Espen to represent it at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, betting on a piano-driven ballad rather than the usual frenetic Europop.
Espen, who at 32 is older than the usual Eurovision entry, worked as a bouncer in Bergen nightclubs, as a carpenter, and as a soldier serving in Kosovo, before making his breakthrough as a singer.
 
He won Norway Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday night, beating Utøya survivor Mo Abdi Farah,  Linnea Dale, and Knut Nesdal. 
 
The song Silent Storm, by the singer-songwriter Josefin Winther, is described on Espen's website as an "intense, fragile and powerful ballad".  It is backed by sparse piano and has a sort of folky celtic melody. 
 
Have a listen here: 
 

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