Category Archives: Norway

Norway has decided: it’s Margaret Berger!

Norwegian broadcaster NRK once again played host to Melodi Grand Prix, the nation’s selection process for Eurovision since their debut in 1960.  After three Semifinals, a total of ten songs went up to the plate on Saturday, with four eventually proceeding to a “Golden Final”.  After a second round of performances, a blend of public televoting and a jury vote led to the overwhelming selection of Margaret Berger’s dark electronic number “I Feed You My Love”. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix Final

No country has hit Eurovision’s heights and valleys quite in the way that Norway has.  They’ve won three times, including the most resounding victory in ESC history (with 2009’s “Fairytale”), but they’ve also come in last place a staggering eleven times, including last year’s “Stay”.  After a trio of 7-song Semifinals gave us three songs apiece, and the jury over at NRK picked a wildcard qualifier, we’ll see ten acts taking the stage in Oslo’s Spektrum Arena this Saturday.

The acts range in style from rockabilly to folk to party rock to a metal/opera mashup, with a pair of Norwegian Idol runners-up in the mix.  Let’s take a look at the contenders, shall we?

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Norway has Decided: it’s Tooji!

A night in Norway that seemed to be coasting towards a predictable finish suddenly veered away from the expected outcome as the 2012 Melodi Grand Prix came to its close on Saturday night.  Ever since the songs were released, a nearly-deafening buzz was coming from popular folk-rockers Plumbo and their song “Ola Nordmann”, and most fans were bracing themselves for a tinwhistle solo in Baku.  When the time had come for the ten songs in the Final to be winnowed down to a four-song Golden Final, the three first-placed songs from the Semi had all qualified (“Ola Nordmann“, “Somewhere Beautiful“, and “Things Change“), along with one second-place finisher… Read the rest of this entry

The Weekend Preview: Super Saturday and Beyond…

It’s gearing up to be a very busy weekend in the world of Eurovision.  On Saturday, the second semifinal of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen will kick off, live from Göteborg (and more details on the competing songs can be found here.  We’ll also see the second Lithuanian semifinal (but due to conflicting reports on the lineup of the event, I hesitate to post the competing songs).  Most eyes, however, will likely be on one of the three National Finals that are to be held.  We will get our official songs from Hungary, Norway, and Iceland before the day is out.  Let’s take a look at the respective lineups one more time, shall we? Read the rest of this entry

Results: Third Semifinal in Norway

Yesterday marked the third and last Semifinal in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix, live from the Idrettssenter in Florø. Eight songs were competing for three spots in next week’s National Final (although one Wildcard winner will be announced on Thursday).

Winning a ticket to the Oslo Spektrum Arena for next week are: Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Semifinal Three in Norway

The last of three Semifinals for Melodi Grand Prix will be held on Saturday in Florø.  The eyes of the nation will be on this small town in western Norway, where eight songs will compete for one of only three spots in the final (although one wildcard pick is still to play for).  Let’s take a quick look at this week’s candidates, shall we? Read the rest of this entry

Results: Second Semifinal in Norway

On Saturday, the second batch of hopeful Norwegian candidates took the stage in Larvik, hoping to be one of the three qualifiers to the Final of Melodi Grand Prix 2012.  This was a hard-fought round, with fans singing the praises of most of them.  But, in the end, only the top three could make it through, and the Norwegian audience had their say.

Qualifying for the finals of Melodi Grand Prix are: Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Second Semifinal in Norway

Saturday marks the second semifinal in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix, to be held in Larvik.  Just like last week, eight songs will be vying for three places in February 11th’s Final, so competition will be fierce. Read the rest of this entry

Norway picks MGP’s First Three Finalists

Tonight in Ørland, near Trondheim, Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix kicked off, selecting three finalists from a group of eight competitors.  The lucky trio, who will move on to the Finals at the Oslo Spektrum Arena on February 11 are: Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix, Semi 1

It’s shaping up to be a banner weekend in the Nordic Bloc, with Denmark picking their performer for Baku, Iceland holding their second Semifinal, and Norway kicking off their selection with the first Semifinal of Melodi Grand Prix.  Out of the more than 800 songs submitted to broadcaster NRK, twenty-four lucky songs will be split into three semis, and the top three acts from each event will qualify for the Final on February 11 in Oslo.  The first Semifinal will be held in Brekstad (near Trondheim) this Saturday.

The eight songs competing this week are: Read the rest of this entry