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Ellen Nikolaysen

Name:Ellen Helen Nikolaysen
Born:10-12-1951
Nationality:Norwegian
   
National Finals:Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1984
ESC Entries:Touch my life with summer (1975)
The first day of love (1974)
It’s just a game (1973)
   
Website:facebook.com/ellennikolaysen

Biography

Ellen Helen Nikolaysen is a Norwegian singer and actor, born in Oslo. She began her career when she won NRKs Talent ’70. She participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Bendik Singers in 1973, with “It’s just a game”, in 1974 with the Bendik Singers with “The first day of love” and again in 1975 as a solo artist with “Touch my life with summer”. In 1974 she won the “Best Performance Award” in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo. She was nominated for the Spellemannprisen in 1973 and 1976.
In 1977 she married Terje Gulbrandsen, and had the children Christer Gulbrandsen and Lene Viktoria Gulbrandsen. She then toned down her musical career for a few years before making a comeback on the musical scene, In 1984, she took part again in Melodi Grand Prix with the song “Opus”. At the beginning of the 1990s she played the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Norwegian Theater. She has since played in several editions of the “Bærums Vers spillet”, and in “Den Gode Hensigt”.

Entries

Country:Norway
Year:1975
Language:English
   
Artist:Ellen Nikolaysen
Song:Touch my life with summer
Lyrics:Svein Hundsnes
Composer(s):Svein Hundsnes
Conductor:Karsten Klouman
   
Backings:
Results 
Points:11
Position:18
Running order:6
Country:Norway
Year:1974
Language:English
   
Artist:Anne-Karine Strøm & The Bendik Singers
Song:The first day of love
Lyrics:Philip Kruse
Composer(s):Frode Thingnæs
Conductor:Frode Thingnæs
   
Backings:
Results 
Points:3
Position:14
Running order:4
Country:Norway
Year:1973
Language:English/French
   
Artist:The Bendik Singers
Song:It’s just a game
Lyrics:Arne Bendiksen
Composer(s):Arne Bendiksen
Conductor:Karsten Klouman
   
Backings:
Results 
Points:89
Position:7
Running order:5
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