VIDEO: Bouncer wins Norway Eurovision spot

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The Local - [email protected] • 17 Mar, 2014 Updated Mon 17 Mar 2014 11:59 CEST
VIDEO: Bouncer wins Norway Eurovision spot

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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