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Anne-Karine Strøm
Eurovision Song Contest 1976 - Norway - Anne-Karine Strøm 4.png
Anne-Karine Strøm in 1976
Background information
Born (1951-10-15) 15 October 1951 (age 63)
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Pop, Schlager, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer

Anne-Karine Strøm (born 15 October 1951, Oslo) is a Norwegian singer, best known for having taken part in the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest selection, Melodi Grand Prix, in six consecutive years between 1971 and 1976, winning on three occasions (twice as a soloist and once as a member of an ensemble) and representing Norway in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1973, 1974 and 1976.

Melodi Grand Prix[edit]

Strøm's Melodi Grand Prix appearances were as follows:[1]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Anne-Karine Strøm at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest

The Bendik Singers' 1973 winning song was given English-language lyrics and retitled "It's Just a Game" for the 18th Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 April in Luxembourg City, where it finished in seventh place of 17 entries.[2]

Strøm travelled to Brighton, England for the 1974 contest, held on 6 April. Again, the song had been translated into English as "The First Day of Love", and backing vocals were provided by the other Bendik Singers. This was the notable contest which was won by ABBA and also featured several already internationally established names (Olivia Newton-John, Gigliola Cinquetti, Mouth & MacNeal). In this competitive field, "The First Day of Love" struggled to attract votes and ended as one of four songs sharing last place with just three votes each.[3]

Strøm's final Eurovision appearance, at the 1976 contest in The Hague on 3 April, ended in complete failure, as "Mata Hari" placed last of the 18 participating songs. Prior to the contest "Mata Hari", a very modern and contemporary disco-style song, had been expected to do well, but it was suggested afterwards that Strøm's rather odd outfit and performance on the night may have cost votes.[4] With two last-place finishes from three entries, Strøm is usually cited as the least successful artist to have appeared in more than one Eurovision Song Contest as the only artist to date finish in last place twice.


In the late 1970s Strøm began performing in musical cabarets with Øystein Sunde and her then husband Ole Paus. She released three albums between 1978 and 1986, which reflected a move towards a more serious style of music.[5]

Albums discography[edit]

  • 1971: Drømmebilde
  • 1975: Anne Karin
  • 1978: Album
  • 1982: Casablancas Døtre
  • 1986: Landet utenfor


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg
with "Småting"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as member of Bendik Singers)
Succeeded by
Anne-Karine Strøm
with "The First Day of Love"
Preceded by
Bendik Singers
with "It's Just A Game"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Ellen Nikolaysen
with "Touch My Life (With Summer)"
Preceded by
Ellen Nikolaysen
with "Touch My Life (With Summer)"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Anita Skorgan
with "Casanova"

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Sun, 06 Apr 2014 04:19:51 -0700

It was 40 years ago today, on the 6th April, 1974 that the Swedish group ABBA won the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest with their memorable song Waterloo. ABBA went onto become one of the biggest selling groups in the world, selling millions ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 11:22:41 -0700

De andre er Knut Anders Sørum, Haldor Lægreid, Tor Endresen, Ketil Stokkan, Finn Kalvik, Sverre Kjelsberg and Mattis Hætta, Anne-Karine Ström, Anne-Karine Strøm and the Bendik Singers, Jahn Teigen og Kirsti Sparboe. Norge har også fått null poeng ...
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Tue, 14 May 2013 03:48:56 -0700

The Eurovision Song Contest is as much of an assault on the eyes as it is on the ears, so let's take a look back at some of the true fashion horrors from the contest over the years. And, as a reward, if you make it to the end of this feature, we've ...


Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:56:15 -0700

skrevet i samarbeid med forfatter Anne-Karine Strøm. Der utleverte hun svært personlige og dramatiske hendelser fra livet sitt, blant annet en gruppevoldtekt. Hun snakket også ut i «Intervjuet» med Mads A. Andersen på VGTV rett etter bokslippet. - I ...

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Svenska YLE
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:07:11 -0800

My Galileo - Aleksandra & Konstantin (2004) · Butterflies - 3+2 feat Robert Wells (2010) · Love Me Tonight - Angelica Agurbash (2005). Norge. It's Just A Game - Bendik Singers (1973) · Mata Hari - Anne Karine Strøm (1976) · In My Dreams - Wig Wam (2005).
Asker og Bærums Budstikke
Sat, 24 May 2014 09:15:21 -0700

(Foto: Foto: Aktuell/NTB scanpix). I ANKOMSTHALLEN: En ung Anne Karine Strøm (nå 62), som senere skulle bli popstjerne i Norge, får autografen til Brian Jones. Til venstre står Ian Stewart, ofte omtalt som den sjette Stones. (Foto: Foto: Enok Skau ...

Svenska YLE

Svenska YLE
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 12:07:41 -0800

My Galileo - Aleksandra & Konstantin (2004) · Butterflies - 3+2 feat Robert Wells (2010) · Love Me Tonight - Angelica Agurbash (2005). Norge. It's Just A Game - Bendik Singers (1973) · Mata Hari - Anne Karine Strøm (1976) · In My Dreams - Wig Wam (2005 ...
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0800

... omtalt som norgeshistoriens lengste injurie, ble det kjøligere. Og da Se & Hør i 1990 skrev om Paus' forestående skilsmisse fra Anne Karine Strøm, og at han hadde innledet et forhold til en annen kvinne, gikk Paus til rettsak. - Selv om jeg vant ...

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