Meet the Norwegian contestants for MGP 2015
This morning the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK presented the 11 artists and snippets of the 11 songs to take part in Melodi Grand Prix on March 14.
Among the artists we see the return of the veteran and Eurovision winner Elisabeth Andreassen, who won the contest for Norway together with Hanne Krogh in the group Bobbysocks back in 1985 with the song “La Det Swinge.”
Elisabeth also took part in Eurovision Song Contest in 1982 for Sweden and in 1994 and 1996 for Norway again, the last time coming 2nd with the ballad “I Evighet.” She is pairing up with long time veteran Tor Endresen who took part for Norway in 1997 with the song “San Francisco,” which finished last in the final. This will be Bettan’s 12th time in a MGP or Melodifestivalen preselection, as well as the 12th time for Tor Endressen to take part in MGP.
The rest of the contestants are all new to the scene. Among the other artists presented we see the popstress Alexandra Joner, famous for being an artist and also for having taken part in the Norwegian edition of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The danseband Contrazt was awarded the “Golden Shoe (Gullskoen)” for best Norwegian Danseband in both 2011 and 2012. Erlend Bratland is the winner of the first edition of “Norway Got Talent” back in 2008, while Jenny Langlo is the winner of the 2011 edition of Norwegian Idols – in other words she will be the first actual winner from the Idols show to ever take part in MGP. Other known Norwegian Idols participants have been Maria Haukass Storeng (Norway 2008), Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009), Margaret Berger (Norway 2013).
We also see the return of Karin Park, this time as an artist, known as the composer of the Norwegian entry in 2013 “I Feed You My Love,” and who graced the MGP stage in 2014 alongside Margaret Berger during the interval act.
Here is the full list of participants:
Alexandra Joner – Cinderella
(Composers/Lyrics: Erik Smaaland, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke (GoToGuy)
Contrazt – Heaven
(Composers/Lyrics: Jan Lysdahl and Jacob Collin Launbjerg)
Erlend Bratland – Thunderstruck
(Composers/Lyrics: Joy Deb, Linnea Deb / Erlend Bratland, Linnea Deb)
Ira Konstantinidis – We Don’t Worry
(Composers/Lyrics: Øyvind Blikstad, Bjarte Giske / Ali Pirzad, Julie Bergan)
Jenny Langlo – Next To You
(Composers/Lyrics: Jenny Langlo, Robin Mortensen Lynch and Niklas Olovson (Machopsycho)
Karin Park – Human Beings
(Composers/Lyrics: Karin Park, Guy Chambers)
Marie Klåpbakken – Ta Meg Tilbake
(Composers/Lyrics: Marie Klåpbakken, Linn Hege Sagen, Olav Tronsmoen)
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me
(Composers/Lyrics: Kjetil Mørland)
Raylee – Louder
(Composers/Lyrics: Andreas Stone Johansson & Ricky Hanley)
Staysman & Lazz – En Godt Stekt Pizza
(Composers/Lyrics: Stian Thorbjørnsen, Petter Kristiansen, Lars-Erik Blokkhus, Jesper Borgen, Magnus Clausen)
Tor & Bettan – All Over the World
«Composers/Lyrics: Tor Endresen, Are Selheim)
This is not the running order, as the artists were announced alphabetically. 15 second clips of all the songs can be heard on the official MGP page of the broadcaster. The 11 artists will all take part in the Grand Final of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix on March 14.
NRK has scrapped the semi-final format for the year and as its the 60th edition of MGP, they have invited KORK, the famous Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, to take part as well during the entire show. This is to take us all back to that good old feeling of the traditional MGP-finals back in the days, before the days of Eurovision re-invention.
Last year, Norway came 8th in the 2014 final with the song “Silent Storm” performed by Carl Espen.