Kirsti Sparboe is a Norwegian musical performer and an actress. Most of her musical career has been built on participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, and several pre-selections for the Contest.
Her first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest was in 1965 when she was 18. She then participated in the 1966 Norwegian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest,were she became 2nd. In 1967, her song “Dukkemann” came in 14th place at Eurovision.
She also participated in the 1968 Norwegian pre-selection, and would have gone on to represent Norway in 1968, but the song she performed (“Jag har aldri vært så glad i no’en som deg”) was disqualified after accusations of plagiarising a popular Cliff Richard song called “Summer Holiday.” She represented Norway once more in 1969 . Sparboe participated in the 1970 German selection for the Eurovision Song Contest after Norway, Finland, Portugal and Sweden refused to participate for that year. She ended in fourth place.
Since the Eurovision Song Contest, she has released singles mostly in Germany, where she found moderate success. Sparboe also showed off her acting talents for a one-off BBC TV Show, Jon, Brian, Kirsti And Jon, in 1980.