Norwegian semi-finalists announced!
NRK, the national broadcaster of Norway, announced in late 2013 that their selection format Melodi Grand Prix would get a complete makeover.
Now, the artists for the new show have been revealed!
Semi-final 1 – March 7
1: Hilda & Thea Leora – «Best Friend’s Boyfriend»
Tekst/melodi: Martin Kleveland, Lisa Desmond Linder og Jesper Jakobsen
2: Mo – «Heal»
Tekst/melodi: Laila Samuelsen
3: Dina Misund – «Needs»
Melodi: Dina Misund
Tekst: Frode Bjørgmo Strømvik
4: Linnea Dale – «High Hopes»
Tekst/melodi: Linnea Dale og Kim Bergseth
5: Timbre & Frikk Heide-Steen feat. Ida Stein – «Frozen by Your Love»
Tekst/melodi: Anders Bratterud
Semi-final 2 – March 8
1: Cir.Cuz – «Hele verden»
2: Martine Marbel – «Right Now»
Melodi: Martine Marbel og Goran Obad
Tekst: Martine Marbel
3: Oda & Wulff – «Sing»
Tekst/melodi: Christer Wulff
4: Knut Kippersund Nesdal – «Taste of You»
Melodi: Magnus Hængsle og Jenny Moe
Tekst: Jenny Moe
5: Charlie – «Hit Me Up»
Tekst/melodi: Melanie Fontana, John Asher, Lars Hustoft
Semi-final 3 – March 9
1: Moi – «Bensin»
Tekst/melodi: Ingjerd Østrem Omland
2: El Cuero – «Ain’t no Love in This City no More»
Melodi: Brynjar Takle Ohr og B.L. Rolland
Tekst: Brynjar Takle Ohr, Øyvind Blomstrøm og Håvard Takle Ohr
3: Ilebek – «Who Needs the Universe»
Tekst/melodi: Andreas Ihlebæk
4: Elisabeth Carew – «Sole Survivor»
Tekst/melodi: Elisabeth Carew, David Eriksen, Simon Climie, Mats Skåre Lie
5: Carl Espen – «Silent Storm»
Tekst/melodi: Josefin Winther
The line-up features mostly fresh artists, but also more established like Elisabeth Carew. Genres such as rock and rap are represented, as well as the more usual pop and dance beats, and also a ballad.
“First of all, we have been looking for the good songs,” said Vivi Stenberg, head of the song selection group to nrk.no. “We have been looking for distinct songs within their genres, which can work on the MGP stage as well as outside TV.”
Another notable entry is Mo, with the song Heal, who survived the tragic events on the island of Utøya in 2011, after having been on the X Factor in 2010. His best friend was one of the 69 victims.
It is a part of the new concept that the TV-viewers will be able to follow the artists all the way to the stage in March. The first episode is now available to watch, showing the artists at the photo session for the announcement.
The final will take place on March 15. Norway will perform in the first half of the second semi-final, on May 8.
Source: NRK Photo credit: Kim Erlandsen / NRK