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The Bendik Singers

Group members:Anne-Karine Strøm
Ellen Nikolaysen
Bjørn Kruse
Philip Kruse
Active:1973-1975
Nationality:Norwegian
   
National Finals:Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 1973
ESC Entries:The first day of love (1974)
It’s just a game (1973)
   
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Biography

Bendik Singerswas a Norwegian vocal quartet composed by Arne Bendiksen to participate in the Melodi Grand Prix 1973 with his composition “Å, for et spill”. The song came in seventh place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973. The quartet consisted of Anne-Karine Strøm, Ellen Nikolaysen and brothers Bjørn Kruse and Philip Kruse. In the international final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the song had been translated into English entitled “It’s Just a Game”. 
Bendik Singers also had a hit with “Om hele verden sang i kor”. In the late summer of 1973 Anne Lise Gjøstøl took over for Nikolaisen, but only on loans from EMI. Nikolaisen was denied further participation by her record company Phonogram. The group also won the Melodi Grand Prix 1974 as backings for Anne-Karine Strøm and thus also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 in Brighton. 
The group was dissolved in 1975.

Entries

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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