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In the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Norway was represented by Margaret Berger with the track I Feed You My Love. This entry was a huge hit across the continent, finishing in fourth place during the final night, only ninety (90) points shy of the elite first place. In the lead up to the event, the Scandinavian country was one of the favourites to win the event, and will surely be in a similar position as new betting odds are presented in a couple of weeks time.

Since then, Margaret was given the opportunity to sign with Ultra Music, an Americal Music Label, giving her exposure worldwide. Her genre is considered current, and thus will surely be a hit. After signing with Ulta Music, she released a brand new song entitled Human Race, which is similar yet different from her entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. I Feed You My Love is also being released for the American market as previously expected and Ultra Music saw it fit to record a music video, in order to give it more of an American feeling. 

I Feed You My Love was written by Karin Parker, Robin Lynch and Niklas Olovson. The latter had success with the likes of P!nk and Justin Timberlake, two of the most popular artists in current times. Margaret is currently finalising her new studio album, which is set for release towards the first quarter of next year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about eurostars and the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source: Ultra Music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn_hZBIk3Ik

Vivi Stenberg, project manager of the Melodi Grand Prix on behalf of NRK, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest just revealed that they received around six hundred (600) entries for the upcoming selection procedure. A high turn-out of submissions was expected following the fourth place finish achieved by Margaret Berger and her entry I Feed You My Love. It was Norway's first top five placing since their illustrious victory at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

'There are quite a few names that I know nothing about and there are a lot of hopeful songwriters who have sent in entries who haven't previously participated. But in the addition to these, there are a substantial number of well established names, some of which have taken part in Melodi Grand Prix earlier'. Vivi Stenberg then went onto add that along with a selective committee of music experts, she is set to invite an additional number of singers and songwriters to submit their entries within the process. It gives them extra incentive to add quality to the field.

Margaret Berger and Adelén were two of the most successful artists in Norway throughout the year following their participation within the Melodi Grand Prix. The selective committee will start listening to the entries from the beginning of October with the process expected to last about a month. This years' edition of the Melodi Grand Prix will consist of three (3) semi-finals of five (5) entries with three (3) of each making it through to the final round. The selection process in 2014 is set to give exposure to both the songwriter and the artist equally in order to appreciate the way that songs are created. 

Libertea, a tabloid in Romania has gone on record stating that Ovi, who has twice participated in the Melodi Grand Prix is set to return should his entry make it through to the selection process. The male vocalist had co-written and performed the most successful Romanian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, that being Playing With Fire, a duet with Paula Seling which finished in third place. escflashmalta.com was the first portal to report that Ovi was hoping to return to the Eurovision Song Contest, so we urge you to stay tuned for all of the latest news. 

Sources: NRK, VG, Libertea

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc6a4EV63uM

In 2009, Norway swept to victory as Alexander Rybak charmed the public and the professional jury with his performance of Fairytale but following that, the Scandinavian country had seemingly been on going through a whirlwind of disappointment. Nevertheless, all changed this year as hype grew stronger in anticipation for their entry I Feed You My Love performed by Margaret Berger which finished in fourth place, their best result since that victory. NRK, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Norway has already confirmed participation in Denmark and it seems that they will be going all out with the pre-selection.

Vivi Stenberg, the woman who took over the Melodi Grand Prix selection process last year is currently looking for the songs which will be competing to represent Norway within the next twelve months. 'I want good songs that reflect the music genres we like to listen to in Norway. I hope to be surprised so pleasre think up something new an exciting'. This years' entry might have been thought to be somewhat marmite but that does not mean that it was not set to be liked by the general population and successfully did well with both the public and the juries respectibely. It seems that the semi-finals will be done away with for next years' Melodi Grand Prix stating that changes will be implemented with the aim of promoting the songs that will be competing for the highest honour. NRK are currently designing a model of programmes which will see a build-up in the presentation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9PJVoZbvc

Vivi Stenberg, a musician in her own right has also spoken about the importance of Norwegian talent and thus songwriters from Norway will somewhat be preferred but nevertheless, submissions from abroad are also extremely welcome. If you are interested in submitting songs to compete in next years' edition of the Melodi Grand Prix, then make sure to read through the English regulations which could be accessed through the official website of NRK. All of the entries which will be hoping to get through to the final stages have to be submitted by the 15th September 2014. Remember, that next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place on the 6th, 8th and 10th May in Denmark. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc6a4EV63uM

I Feed You My Love, co-written by Karin Park, Robin Lynch, Niklas Olovson with vocals provided by Margaret Berger will be representing Norway in this years' Eurovision Song Contest following an overwhelming victory at the annual Melodi Grand Prix back in February. Despite finding success on the second season of Idol in Norway, where she finished as the runner-up, Margaret has had to work hard to assure her place in the industry and following two albums, the last one being seven years ago, she feels comfortable to return to doing what she loves best. Her entry for the Eurovision Song Contest has been perceived in a positive manner having been instilled as one of the favourites by the general public whilst also charting at number #4 in Norway, making it her highest charting single to date.

The first technical rehearsals have proven problematic for some countries although to be fair, the issues have literally been attributed to the technical side and Margaret as a professional took her time and improved with every run. She felt at ease on the stage and gave consistent performances. On the way to the arena, the broadcaster responsible for Norway decided to record a special message for you, the readers of escflashmalta.com as Margaret Berger hopes to make it through to the final stage on Saturday, alongside Gianluca whose entry Tomorrow for Malta is competing in the same semi-final. The special message has been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and could be seen below as we remind you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the rehearsals which unfold throughout the day.

Source: NRK, Roxy Recordings 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOh-3QQcukc

escflashmalta.com is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the last entries for the second semi-final. Attention turns to Norway whose broadcaster, NRK has been drawn in slot number #13 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled I Feed You My Love is co-written by Karin Park, Robin Lynch, Niklas Olovson with vocals provided by Margaret Berger.

It's not difficult to understand why. Margaret embodies all the essential ingredients for a worldwide super star, one with the real possibility of a colourful career in front of her, the kind of potential longevity rare in the current popular music climate. With classic beauty, songs, the elusive “x-factor”, and an indescribable aura in the mix, this artist is being likened to a captivating blend of her Nordic female counterparts like Björk and The Knife with the delicious, all-important essential of strong, timeless electro-pop songs in her back pocket to substantiate comparisons with these iconic idols. Of course, this Trondheim born “overnight sensation” has been a work in progress ever since she was five years old, as an artist and songwriter in her own right. 

Behind this schooled musician and artist is a paradox: a person so unique and yet so relatable. Now at 27 years of age, her time in the music business to date is already interesting, successful and not without its heart-breaking setbacks. In 2004, at the young age of 18, she was voted runners-up in Norway Idol, released her debut album Chameleon and was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy as best newcomer. In 2005, Berger won the Norwegian Grammy award for the engaging and somewhat controversial video of her single Lifetime Guarantee and in 2006, her critically acclaimed, much loved Pretty Scary Silver Fairy album, did not reach the commercial heights she had hoped for. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hErXfNM8Zoo

But Berger was onto something bigger and unbeknown to herself, was creating a popular “brand”, from which she is now enjoying the fruits of - through fashion projects, DJ-ing and being a unmistakable presence and name in the Norwegian underground electro scene. Margaret can even admit herself that she's always played life in a "quirky way" and has always made a statement not by meaning to, but by simply being who she is. So perhaps who she really is, is a perfect marriage of contrasts, and by no accident, describes her music in the same fashion: edgy but beautiful, tough and playful, experimental but grounded, layered and authentic. One of the main ingredients to have seen Norway succeed across the years, has been the national selection process known as the Melodi Grand Prix. 

Norway, one of the most successful countries if one takes into account the number of participations within the final noting a total of forty-nine (49) out of a possible fifty-one (51). The disappointments have been relatively recent, the first one coming in 2007 at the hands of Guri Schanke and her entry Ven a Bailar Conmingo co-written by Thomas G:son which crashed with just forty-eight (48) points and eighteenth (18th) position. The second time round was even more recent as Stella Mwangi and her song Haba Haba, a fan favourite had to endure just thirty (30) points to finish in seventeenth (17th) place. Norway have recorded three (3) victories, the last of which coming in 2009 as Fairytale swooped to victory winning both the jury and the tele-voting in a handy manner. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 87%

Martin Isherwood: Interesting title. Unusual but effective lyrics. Great voice. Great tune. Fantastic production - what a drum sound! Got a feel of 'Diamonds are forever' or 'Tomorrow never dies' about the tune. Very strong overall although the chorus could punch harder.

Sharon Vaughn: Modern and intense. A lovely artist and a stunning performance.

Stano Simor: Norway traditionally comes with a powerful presentation. Cool, fashion and minimalistic but effective show . I do not think Norway this year has brought a typicall homegrown type of Eurovision entry but nevertheless, this is extremely professional in terms of production and thus would help elevate the competition in general.

Source: eurovision.tv

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

Published in Editorials
Saturday, 09 February 2013 22:00

Norway: Huge Victory for Margaret Berger

The Melodi Grand Prix has always been a spectacle which one should follow and indeed, it did not disappoint considering that the production was just amazing and once more, congratulations are surely in order to NRK, the broadcaster for a job well done. In the weeks leading up to the final which took place over the course of the evening, Margaret Berger with the track I Feed You My Love was the favourite of the public and the critics and indeed, with large figures during the regional voting, she was confirmed as the next Norwegian representative, becoming the first electronic entry for the Scandinavian nation.

Ten entries were competing for the right to represent Norway at the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and some people were surprised at the four super-finalists which included Annsofi, Sirkus Eliassen, Adelen and of course, Margaret Berger. The regional voting was consistent for the latter and as a matter of fact, it seems that the only section of Norway who did not want her to win was that in the North which was put her in third place but due to the fact that the voting patterns there are the smallest, there was no real affect. NRK, should be happy with the choice and considering that Margaret Berger is an experienced performer, there should be no trouble in delivering a strong performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. Norway will be competing in the second part of the second semi-final alongside Malta who will be represented by Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: NRK, Eurovision.tv

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