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Norway: First rumored acts for Melodi Grand Prix 2023!

Many countries have already started their preparations for Eurovision 2023 which will take place in United Kingdom. Norway is among them, and there are already hints about the acts that can be featured on Melodi Grand Prix 2023, the country’s national final and among the most popular pre-selections in the Eurovision community.

During the last weeks, the Head of Delegation of Norway in the contest Stig Karlsen, has posted several posts and stories on social media from songwriting camps that take place, only a few weeks before the beginning of the submission period for Melodi Grand Prix 2023.

Artists that have competed in the past in the show and its possible to see them again this year are: Elsie Bay (2022), Oda Gondrosen (2022), Imerika (2021), Emmy (2021), Raylee (2020/2021) and Tone Damli. Artists that should also be mentioned are Alessandra Mele (The Voice Norge 2022), Lillen Stenberg (Idol 2017) and Magnus Winjlum (MGP jr 2017).

Notable singers/songwriters that can be spotted are Christian Ingebrigtsen (Participant 2022, composer- Attention, 2020), Åge Nilsen (winner MGP 2005), Eniar Kvaløy (Lights Off, Czech Republic 2022), Alan Roy Scott (Cleopatra, Azerbaijan 2020) Morten Franck (I Can’t Escape, 2021), Bjørn Edvardsen (I Can’t Escape, 2021), Ben Adams (I Can’t Escape, 2021), Audun Agnar Guldbrandsen (Ecstacy, 2022) and Jonas Jensen (Death of Us, 2022).

Below you can see a post by Morten Franck from the recent songwriting camp:

 

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Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Morten F (@mortenfr)

Norway was represented in Eurovision 2022 by Subwoolfer and the song Give That Wolf A Banana, coming 10th in the Grand Final.

Norway: Is TIX the astronaut behind Subwoolfer?

A few hours before the start of the first semi-final, the astronaut DJ who will represent Norway at Eurovision 2022 with Subwoolfer seems to have been revealed. TIX who represented Norway in last year’s Eurovision Song Contest with “Fallen Angel” seems to be the DJ accompanying Subwoolfer!

This is what Eurovision Norway’s journalist, Morten Westgaard said when he learned the DJ’s identity:

Insane! I’d never imagine that. There are probably a lot of people who are curious about who is behind Subwoolfer, but now we know that the DJ Astronaut is Andreas Haukeland, aka Tix.

Subwoolfer will compete in the 16th place of the first semi-final with “Give That Wolf A Banana“, you can listen to their entry here:

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Source: nrk.no

Eurovision 2022: After Sweden, four more countries take a stance against Russia’s participation in Turin!

The EBU‘s response about Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022 did not satisfy Norway, Denmark, Lithuania and the Netherlands which, after Sweden, ask the EBU to reconsider its decision and not allow Russia to participate in the competition.

Following the request of the Ukrainian public television for expulsion of the corresponding Russian from the EBU, the latter in a statement underlined the apolitical nature of the competition and that it has no authority to punish its members (public radio and television), for acts committed by governments of their countries.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political – cultural event that unites countries and celebrates differences through music. EBU members in both Russia and Ukraine have pledged to attend this year’s event in Turin and we intend to welcome them and let artists from both countries participate in May. Of course, we continue to monitor developments closely.

EBU

However, this response did not satisfy Sweden, which, through SVT CEO Hanna Stjärne, asked the EBU to reconsider its decision on Russia. Today, four more broadcasters have been added to the list, those of Lithuania, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

Lithuania‘s general director of public television, Monika Garbaciauskaite, said in a statement today that she would soon raise the issue of Russia’s participation with the EBU. Norwegian public broadcaster has also just released a statement taking a clear stance. In a similar climate, the Danish public television informed the EBU that it is opposed to Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022 and so did the dutch one AVROTROS a few minutes ago.

However, we have also had statements from the television of Finland, which, although they state that it is the responsibility of the EBU to make any decision regarding Russia’s participation, emphasize that they are closely monitoring the issue and will take a position on it soon.

Eurovision 2022 artists have also started taking a stance against Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022, as this year’s representatives of Latvia, Citi Zēni, have also personally asked the EBU not to allow the country that started a war in Europe to take part in the competition.

We are awaiting with interest the reactions from the other members of the EBU, but also for the final decision regarding Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022.

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Norway: Who are the favourites to win according to odds?

Tonight is Norway’s turn to select their representative for Eurovision 2022 in the Grand Final of the norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2022 (MGP 2022). 10 finalists are vying for victory, which will lead them to Turin in May. So, with the norwegian final upon us, who are the bookmarkers’ favourites to win?

 

The odds

In a national final with a high level of songs, the Subwoolfer seem to be the biggest contender for the win, according to the odds. In the next places with much difference are Elsie Bay, Sofie Fjellvang and NorthKid.

 

The contestants

The running order of the MGP 2022 final is the following:

  1. Oda Gondrosen – Hammer of Thor
  2. NorthKid – Someone
  3. Anna-Lisa Kumoji – Queen Bees
  4. Farida – Dangerous
  5. Sofie Fjellvang – Made Of Glass
  6. Frode – Black Flowers
  7. Christian Ingebrigtsen – Wonder of the world
  8. Maria Mohn – Fly
  9. Subwoolfer – Give that wolf a banana
  10. Elsie Bay – Death of us

 

As opposed to the semi-finals, the grand final will be conducted with the presence of audience in the arena, while the result will come out based exclusively on televoting, after 3 rounds of voting. Firstly, the 4 songs with the highest score will pass to the second round. Thereafter, the scores of the first voting round will be erased and the public will vote again the 4 remaining songs. This time, the 2 songs with the highest amount of votes will be able to pass to the third voting round, the golden final. Then, the scores of the previous round will be erased once again and the public will choose, among the 2 remaining songs, the representative of Norway for Eurovision 2022.

The hosts of the show are Kåre Magnus BerghAnnika Momrak και Mikkel Niva.

You can watch the Grand Final of MGP 2022 at 19:55 (CET) through the official website of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), clicking here.

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Greece: Amanda will be a guest in the final of MGP 2022!

As she revealed with a tweet a few minutes ago, the greek representative at Eurovision 2022, Amanda Georgiadis Tenfjord, will be a guest at MGP 2022, the national final of Norway, which takes place tonight.

Amanda will be the only guest in the Norwegian national final, which goes to show that she and her work are well respected in the country where she grew up and took her first steps as an artist. The greek team of course hopes that this will translate to some points as well in May, like it happened last year with Stefania and the Netherlands.

You can watch the final of MGP 2022 tonight at 19.55 (CET) clicking here.

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Norway: The running order for the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2022!

Norway Public Television (NRK), has revealed the running order in the Final of Melodi Grand Prix 2022.

On this Saturday, ten artists will fight for the country’s representation in Turin and this is the order in which the artists will appear:

  1. Oda Gondrosen – Hammer of Thor
  2. NorthKid – Someone
  3. Anna-Lisa Kumoji – Queen Bees
  4. Farida – Dangerous
  5. Sofie Fjellvang – Made Of Glass
  6. Frode – Black Flowers
  7. Christian Ingebrigtsen – Wonder of the world
  8. Maria Mohn – Fly
  9. Subwoolfer – Give that wolf a banana
  10. Elsie Bay – Death of us

Stig Karlsen, producer of MGP 2022, decided the runnig order of the Final, aiming at the correct performance of each song, so that each entry can stand out.

In contrast to the Semifinals, the grand Final will take place, with the presence of a live audience in the arena, while the result will be judged entirely by the audience, after three rounds of voting. In th first round, the four songs with the most votes will pass. Then from scratch the public will vote again. This time the two songs with the most votes will qualify for the gold final. In the final round, the vote will be zeroed again and the public will choose between these two, the representative of Norway in Eurovision 2022.

Presenters of the MGP 2022 will be: Kåre Magnus Bergh, Annika Momrak and Mikkel Niva.

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Source/Photo: NRK

Norway: The Spotify streams of the third semifinal

Tonight is the third semifinal of MGP 2022, Norway’s national final for the selection of the song that will represent the country in Eurovision 2022.

Four songs will compete once again. The competition will have the form of duels, the winners of which will compete against each other for a ticket to the grand final.

The four songs are available on Spotify and are ranked by streams as follows:

  1. Vilde – Titans 113817
  2. Oda Gondrosen – Hammer of Thor  74061
  3. Mari Bølla – Your Loss 72731
  4. Sturla – Skår i hjerte  59104

Among all MGP 2022 songs, Elsie Bay‘s Death Of Us and Subwoolfer‘s Give That Wolf A Banana have a major lead.

The previous two weeks the streams failed to correctly predict the winners of the semifinals. Will that change tonight?

You can watch the third semifinal of MGP 2022 at 20:55 through the official website of NRK, by clicking here.

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photo: JULIA MARIE NAGLESTAD / NRK

Norway: The duels for the second semifinal of the MGP have been announced!

Norwegian broadcaster NRK has announced the duels for the second semi-final of the Melodi Grand Prix 2022. Four artists will compete for a ticket to the final, while Christian Ingebrigtsen has already qualified for the grand final.

Program director Kåre Magnus Bergh did the draw for the duels. It will be two duels between a ballad, a pop, a rock and a country song.

The first duel is between rock star Lily Lowe and country singer Stefen Jakobsen.

Lily Lowe– Bad Baby VS  Stefen Jakobsen– With me Tonight

The second duel will be a showdown between Farida‘s dynamic voice and pop artist Daniel Lucas.

Farida– Dangerous  VS  Lucas– Kvelertak

After both duels are completed, the winners advance to the golden duel and the winner advances to the final. Only one of the candidate songs will make it to the grand final and one will compete at the second opportunity to get a ticket to the final.

We remind you that the second semifinal will take place this Saturday 22-01 at 19:50 CET .

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Source: NRK

Norway: Results of the first heat of Melodi Grand Prix

The first heat of Melodi Grand Prix 2022 took place today at 19:50 CET. We witnessed 5 amazing performances. Four hopefuls competed for the ticket to the Grand Final which will take place on February 19. We saw one of the automatic qualifiers perform on the stage as well. Three more heats, so-called ‘Last Chance’ and the Grand Final are yet to come!

The hosts of the show were Kåre Magnus Bergh, Annika Momrak, Mikkel Niva.

 

The four contestants of the first heat were:

These four competed in duels, where the two selected winners also competed with each other, in order to secure a place at the Grand Final of Melodi Grand Prix.

The duels that were determined by a draw yesterday are shown here:

The odds before the show looked like this:

 

The winner of the first duel (Mira Craig – We still here VS  Eline Noelia – Ecstasy) was…

Eline Noelia with her song “Ecstasy

The winner of the second duel (TrollfesT – Dance like a pink flamingo  VS  Frode Vassel – Black Flowers) was…

Frode Vassel with the song “Black Flowers

Elsie Bay, one of the automatic qualifiers, performed her song ‘Death of Us‘ right after the first 2 winners were selected:

 

Eline and Frode once again performed their songs. The final duel determined the winner of the heat and the first qualifier as well:

The choice was made and the winner of the first heat and the first qualifier is:

Frode Vassel with his song “Black Flowers”

 

The next heat will take place next Saturday at 19:50 CET! You can watch MGP 2022 by clicking here.

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Norway: The first betting odds, right before the 1st heat of MGP 2022!

Today is the date! In a few moments the first heat of MGP 2022 will take place. Four songs will compete, to secure a place at the Final, which will be held on the 19th of February. But what do the betting odds predict for today’s heat?

The odds

It seems like the battle will be between two songs, in the hopes of qualifying to the Final of MGP. Eline Noelia with her song Ecstasy, places now first in the odds, throwing Trollfest and their song Dance like a pink flamingo to the second place, despite the fact that they are currently first in streams, at Spotify.

Today is the first heat

The first heat will be broadcasted tonight and the four contestants to compete are the following:

The above four contestants will compete in duels, where the two selected winners will compete with each other, in order to secure a place at the Grand Final of the Norwegian national selection for this year.

The duels, that were determined by a draw yesterday are the following:

  1. Mira Craig – We still here VS  Eline Noelia – Ecstasy
  2. TrollfesT – Dance like a pink flamingo  VS  Frode Vassel – Black Flowers

After the two duels are completed, their two winners will compete at the Gold Duel and the winner will qualify to the Final..

Elsie Bay, one of the five automatic qualifiers, will appear as a guest and will perform her song “Death of Us”.

The hosts of tonight’s show will be: Kåre Magnus BerghAnnika Momrak and Mikkel Niva.

You can watch the first heat of MGP 2022 tonight at 19:50 CET at the official webpage of the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK by clicking here.

Stay tuned at EurovisionFun, for all the latest developments regarding the Norwegian entry at Eurovision Song Contest 2022!