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Eurovision winner backs Norway's Carl Espen

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Eurovision winner backs Norway's Carl Espen
Carl Espen at the Copenhagen Tivoli on Tuesday. Photo: Erlend Aas / NTB scanpix
23:17 CEST+02:00
Last year's Eurovision winner, Emmelie De Forest, has declared her support for Norway's entry Carl Espen in this year's contest.
Last year's Eurovision winner, Emmelie De Forest, has declared her support for Norway's entry Carl Espen in this year's contest. 
 
"Carl Espen is my great favorite," De Forest told NRK as she arrived for the opening party on Monday night. "I liked the song once I heard it and have followed him through the Norwegian finals."
 
Carl Espen, a former nightclub bouncer from Bergen, is breaking with Eurovision tradition by bringing Silent Storm, a piano driven ballad, to the contest in Copenhagen, rather than the more usual Europop. 
 
The song, by the singer-songwriter Josefin Winther, is described on Espen's website as an "intense, fragile and powerful ballad". Espen will perform it for the first time in Copenhagen at the second semi-final on Thursday. 
 
De Forest won last year with "Only Teardrops". 
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