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Saturday, 09 February 2013 18:31

Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2013 Final - LIVE

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Scandinavia will be having quite a busy evening due to the fact that whilst Sweden will be selecting more acts to headline the Final in a couple of weeks time, Finland and Norway will be hosting their last round of the process with the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and the Melodi Grand Prix taking place on YLE 1 and NRK 1 respectively. It has been a greulling three weeks for the artists competing in Norway and unfortunately, those who competed in last weeks' semi-final did not have the time to rest as did the acts that qualified within the first semi-final but according to rehearsals, everyone is geared up to give the show of their lives and a stream is being offered through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest for the international views to watch.

Following their victory at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the country has not managed to perform well at the competition noting the disappointments achieved by Didrik Solli-Tangen, Stella Mwangi and Tooji but all of that could change according to pundits this evening who have a couple of entries listed down with potentially strong results to be achieved in Sweden. Ten acts will be taking to the stage this evening as has become protocol in the Melodi Grand Prix with the top four acts passing through to the super-final in which, the public and the regional juries will decide on which act to send to the Eurovision Song Contest. It will surely be a thrilling evening and it will all begin at 19:55 CET with a long interval in between, where you could tune into Finland to see the proceedings close there.

The Show (Part 1)

The opening act has just started and the hosts of the evening, Jenny & Erik are clad in formal attire, both in somewhat business attire. The finalists of the evening are currently being introduced to the public and it seems that based on the initial screams, that Margaret Berger is the favourite followed by Adelen and Annsofi. The venue is huge and one could definitely sense a vibe of excitement coming through the transmission. They welcome the public and it seems that they are extremely excited to see which entry will be representing them in the neighbouring country of Sweden. Quick presentation because, off we go!

Running Order

Vidar Busk - Paid My Way

The first song, one of the entries that qualified from the first semi-final and clearly reminscent of Patrick Ouchene who represented Belgium at the 2006 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The swing feel is definitely becoming more prominent at national selections and whilst Vidar manages to present the track well, it will definitely not garner traction in Europe which believes that this style is very much passe. Nevertheless, this is an intriguing opening to what should be a very interesting evening. The staging is incredible with a band, two female backing vocalists and three female saxophone players. The audience screams and song one is complete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amn_W_3FBg8

Fjellfolk - Ulvetuva

Folk has been defined in several nations for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and this is one of the few entries in the genre. Performing in Norwegian is definitely the edge that this track presents and finishing in second place within the second semi-final was quite the feat. The lead performer, a female is joined by a male guitarist and a male violinist and whilst being bathed in blue lights, smoke is hovering around them. The vocals are spot on but this might be too quiet and would only benefit from a late draw between reasonably noisy tracks at the international showcase. Despite the charm, one would fear it being lost in the event. Well done for the effort!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KEX1RSfVcs

Adelén - Bombo

The second favourite of this evenings' edition of the Melodi Grand Prix takes to the stage in a short brown dress somewhat reminiscent of something from The Journey of the Centre of the World. She is joined on stage by multiple dancers, male and female and this is an extremely energetic dance routine so kudos for managing to keep this performance in line with the standard to be expected. The vocals from Adelen leave much to be desired but have considerably improved since the semi-final stage and one of the reasons is hiding the long note in the bridge with a dance track like musical note. Nevertheless, considering that applause, this will do well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b51p9lg0Hpc

Gromth feat. Emil Solli-Tangen - Alone

Hit or Miss could be the best words to describe the fourth entry being presented this evening because there is an audience for Symphonic Rock but am not sure that the Eurovision Song Contest will be greatly appreciative. The music of this track is extremely well written and could be noted for it's relevance to the industry in Scandinavia. The vocal performance by Emil is just stunning and one would wonder why he didn't submit an entry himself considering that he is a much better performer than his brother, Didrik who represented Norway in 2010. The visuals for this entry are the best of the evening and the use of the stage excels in several areas. This will be one of the tracks in the super-final, mark my words!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG-m1h8_lG0

Gaute Ormåsen - Awake

This is the second time that Gaute is taking part in the Melodi Grand Prix and he has decided to go from Norwegian to English in his second effort. Clad in a blue jacket, black shirt and blue trousers, he is definitely giving it his all but this is very much a Danish type of entry, middle of the road which whilst be appreciated at the Eurovision Song Contest, will most likely achieve a mid-table result, which would still be the best result for Norway since their victory back in 2009. The vocals were impressive and the act with the dancers and the frames was very much similar to that presented by Fabrizio Faniello during the Malta Song for Europe in 2006.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODESA_C_-ZQ

Lucky Lips - Sweet And Heavy

The wildcard for this evenings' show is a pop/country track, a genre which has become increasingly popular in Norway within the past couple of years. The pink-haired female artist is wearing a cream dress which is green at the tip, making it an intriguing selection. She is joined on stage by a band and this is all an extremely calm affair. The vocals are just mesmerizing and what is this, mid-way through the performance, the lead performer is going around the stage, dancing as if in a fair. This is definitely unsuitable for the Eurovision Song Contest, even just for hygenic reasons. Joking aside, this is just too sweet and will most likely be forgotten at the international event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdJQKDqQf8o

Datarock - The Underground

The Melodi Grand Prix has just suddenly gone disco and one cannot help but notice that the crowd has suddenly gone mad and this could prove to be the surprise of the evening according to that reaction. The performers of the group are all wearing what seem to be red tracksuits, acting quite comfortably on the stage. The lighting is a mixture of red, and white, somewhat similar to the ones used by Glen Vella during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. The band are joined by three female dancers wearing black catsuits and whilst the vocals are spot on, this is definitely not an international hit. Nevertheless, I am in my seat, writing this and bopping my head along to the music. Good Effort!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8tpX0lUe0c

Annsofi - I'm With You

Annsofi is next up, and we had the pleasure to speak to the young performer earlier earlier this week with the interview published this morning. She is the only performer to take to the stage without any backing vocalists or props and this helps in creating a simplistic charm. Wearing the white dress she donned in the semi-final, she is greeted on stage with a huge applause and the surprise of the evening could be here. The vocals are crystal clear and this type of ballad would definitely succeed at the Eurovision Song Contest. She is working the cameras extremely well and the audience is interacting in a positive manner. This could very well be the Norwegian entry in this years' edition of the international showcase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t4rYXvps5I

Margaret Berger - Feed You My Love

Margaret Berger is the one to beat this evening and one could honestly get the feeling of a winning entry from the first couple of notes and this is mostly due to the staging which helps the performance garner more of a strong feeling. The female artist is clad in a tight long white dress which accentuates her figure perfectly. She is joined on stage by a drummer and one cannot help to note that despite this being a radio track, it works brilliantly on stage and her interaction with the cameras makes is special. She does not have any vocal problems, and she seems to be enjoying every second of the performance. I believe that it will remain to be the one to beat. I had some doubts but these have just erased. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyHMEUXf-9U

Sirkus Eliassen - I Love You Te Quiero

The last entry of the evening seems to be a joke entry to be honest considering that the male performers are joined on stage by four backing vocalists, dancers who are wearing rabbit costumes. The lighting for this show has been really incredible and red and green seem to make this performance extremely bearable. The chorus is extremely catch and now I am singing along, something always seems to happen in such tracks. This is definitely fun but in my opinion, too out there to receive a positive result. The reception in the hall seems to be mixed and there seems to be cheers and jeers. I do not think that it will be a song in the super-final.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFRCDdSIJgg

The Show (Part 2)

The Norwegian broadcaster should be commended on a stunning evening, noting that the organisation  has been somewhat perfect and the inclusion of former representatives such as Guri Schanke in the audience was surely thrilling to some individuals. If this were to follow the proper guidelines, the best entries this evening were tracks eight and nine. The hosts are back on stage and announce that the tele-voting is open, hence the recap begins and the public need to make their initial choice. The international guest of the evening takes to the stage of the Melodi Grand Prix, Loreen who won the Eurovision Song Contest last year with the track Euphoria is performing one of her album tracks entitled My Heart Is Refusing Me with which she tried to represent Sweden with back in 2012. First part of the show is over and when we return, we'll know which four entries will be competing to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Show (Part 3)

A dance sequence introduces the hosts back on stage and now, it seems like our male compere has gone for more formal wear whilst Jenny, our female is wearing a weird flowery dress which clearly doesn't complement her figure. A reminder of the acts which competed in this evenings' final. The hosts take to the runway to make the revelations of the four super-finalists.

01. Adelén - Bombo

Pop is clearly one of the main definitions behind the Eurovision Song Contest, and this is definitely something that Bombo curtails to. I have no idea whether the public have been hearing the same vocals which I have been because Adelen is truly horrendous and this is actually worse, second time round this evening. The song is very reminiscent of the entry sent in 2007 in Norway which had failed to qualify to the final. Unfortunately, I do not believe this to be the best possible entry for the country.

02. Annsofi - I'm With You

Deserving on the second spot in the super-final is Annsofi who seemed so surprised at being announced to making it through to the next phase and Alexander Rybak was relieved to see her through considering that gasp. She takes to the stage and following Adelen, this is a breath of fresh air, surely! Simple, and effective, the broadcaster has to be commended on the camera work.  The vocals are stunning, and she is performing this much better than during the first run and that will surely count towards votes from the jury and the public.

03. Sirkus Eliassen - I Love You Te Quiero

This has got to be a weird super-finalist but nevertheless, it is the joke entry which many people somewhat enjoy to listen to and can't help singing and dancing along to. Clad in matching tracksuits albeit having red and blue colours, they are joined by four dancers, who are dressed as rabbits and the whole set-up looks mad, as if out of Alice In Wonderland. The graphics are colourful and the whole act looks absolutely ridiculous. There were better songs, surely! A case, that some tracks just seep in through the cracks!

04. Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love

The last entry to move into the super-final is I Feed You My Love, somewhat expected and hence the suspence for very much exaggerated. The performance of this track is just stunning and has been worked to perfection by the creative team of the Melodi Grand Prix and the team behind the entry. The vocals are just amazing especially when one has to take into consideration that this is a radio song rather than a live performance. One of these four will be representing Norway and I believe that two of them have the possibility of reaching the final and achieving a good result.

The Tele-Voting is open for five minutes and the entertainment until the results come forth is being given by Tooji, who represented Norway in last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in last place, having just managed to qualify ahead of Bulgaria.

  • Jury 1: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger
  • Jury 2: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger
  • Jury 3: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger
  • Jury 4: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger
  • Jury 5: I Love You Te Quiero - Sirkus Eliassen
  • Jury 6: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger
  • Jury 7: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger
  • Jury 8: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger

Winner: I Feed You My Love - Margaret Berger

Last modified on Saturday, 09 February 2013 21:44