SINGER-SONGWRITER and former Shoreham man Kjetil Mørland finished eighth in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest.
A Monster Like Me – Mørland’s duet with Debrah Scarlett scored 102 points at the grand final in Vienna.
I never imagined it was this huge – you definitely have to be down there to realise how big the event is, I’ve never seen anything like it.Kjetil Mørland
He said: “It was an amazing experience. I never imagined it was this huge – you definitely have to be down there to realise how big the event is, I’ve never seen anything like it. We are very happy with our performances, reaching the grand final and finishing eighth out of 40 countries.
“A Monster Like Me is a song I never wrote for Eurovision and I didn’t expect it to do so well on such a commercial stage. I’m overwhelmed by the fantastic response from all over the world. It’s now in iTunes charts all across Europe and is still getting a good amount of radio play.”
Not only did he secure a top eight finish but he also scooped the Marcel Bezençon Award for best composed song in the competition, something he described as a highlight of his career.
“This is an award voted by all my fellow songwriters in the competition – many who work as professional songwriters. So this meant just as much to me as a good placement in the competition.”
Of the other 26 finalists Mørland said his favourite songs were by Australia, Belgium and Latvia.
“Guy Sebastian (Australian entrant) is a very talented man with three platinum albums and nine number one singles under his belt in Australia, nice chap, too.”