Eurovision NI’s World Cup is an eight week long competition that runs in the lead up to Eurovision week each year. It sees the Eurovision songs battle it out in a World Cup type format, starting with a group stage and moving its way to one on one battles in the knockout phase. 2020 saw the 41 songs duel it out with the two finalists being Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears and Norway’s Ulrikke. The Final vote took place last week and Ulrikke’s ‘Attention’ was crowned the winner with a whopping 91% of the vote.
Ulrikke’s win sees a victory for Norway for the second year in a row. She is added to the list of Eurovision NI World Cup Champions alongside the likes of KEiiNO (Norway, 2019) Saara Aalto (Finland, 2018), Imri Ziv (Israel, 2017) and Nicky Byrne (Ireland, 2016).
Norway’s Eurovision NI World Cup 2020 Journey
Norway won Group A with 36.49% of the vote. They then took on Azerbaijan in the Round of 16, knocking out Efendi with 73% of the vote. Up next was the Quarter Finals where Ulrikke triumphed over Malta’s Destiny Chukunyere, receiving 61.11% to Malta’s 38.89%. In the Semi Finals, ‘Attention’ knocked out Italy’s Diodato with 74% of the vote to Italy’s 26%. And in last week’s Final Ulrikke took 91% of the vote to Gjon’s Tears 9%.
Eurovision NI’s World Cup will return next year for the 2021 edition. More info to follow.