Finalists of the 2019 Melodi Grand Prix

KEiiNO

Spirit in the Sky

Country
🇳🇴 Norway
Grand Final
Finished 6th
Second Semi-Final
Finished 7th
Song
Spirit in the Sky
Written by
Alexander Olsson, Tom Hugo, Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan
Composed by
Tom Hugo, Henrik Tala, Fred Buljo, Rüdiger Schramm
Broadcaster
Norsk rikskringkasting

KEiiNO is Norway's 2019 Eurovision Song Contest entry. The band mixes electronic pop with Nordic folk melodies and joik, the traditional form of song of the Sami people. The trio was formed in 2018 by award-winning platinum singer and songwriter Tom Hugo, Sami rapper/joiker Fred Buljo and singer Alexandra Rotan. They will perform 'Spirit In The Sky' in Tel Aviv.

Spirit in the Sky is inspired by the Sami belief that nature gives you strength in times of trouble. It is composed and written by the band in collaboration with Finnish hit-producer Henrik Tala, German producer R. Schramm and lyricist Alexander Olsson. KEiiNO won Melodi Grand Prix (MGP), Norway's televised pre-selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, by a landslide. Their song has already skyrocketed to the top of the Norwegian charts.

Alexandra Rotan finished third in last year’s MGP in a duet with former Eurovision representative Stella Mwangi. The 22-year-old made it onto Norwegian music fans' radars with her success in MGP Junior and Norwegian Idol. She has since toured extensively as a supporting vocalist for Alan Walker.

Fred Buljo is a 30-year-old native of the northern Norwegian town of Kautokeino. He burst on to the Norwegian scene in 2008 when he competed in Norway’s Got Talent with the Sami rap group Dulova Duottar. He has since played numerous live shows all over Scandinavia and Russia, and is widely considered one of the Sami music scene’s most talented performers.

Tom Hugo Hermansen is a seasoned songwriter whose CV includes hit pop songs performed by groups across Asia. The 39-year-old has had radio hits in Norway and Germany as a solo artist, and MGP fans will remember his previous appearances in 2013 and 2018. Hermansen has written top hits for K-pop supergroups EXO, SHiNee and TVXQ, as well as German Echo-nominee Y’akoto.

Lyrics of Spirit in the Sky

Can't you stay Stay with me into the night Stay, I need you close You can go back when the sun rise again Just stay tonight, just stay Have you seen my spirit Lost in the night The violent nightshade They took away my light They call us nothing My name is nothing Come see me Please see me Cause I've been running with the demons now They all see my fear They say there's nothing Nothing here I see your spirit in the sky When northern lights are dancing He-lo e loi-la I hear you calling me at night Whenever wind is blowing He-lo e loi-la I can see your spirit in the sky When northern lights are dancing He-lo e loi-la Čajet dan čuovgga I'll follow you until the daylight Shy us away I need a hero I need my light Her shining lightwaves Will break away the night I call it freedom Our name is freedom Come find me Please find me Cause I am dancing with the fairies now They all sing our name I got my light here Shining here I hear you calling me at night Whenever wind is blowing He-lo e loi-la I can see your spirit in the sky When northern lights are dancing He-lo e loi-la Čajet dan čuovgga I hear you calling me at night Whenever wind is blowing He-lo e loi-la I can see your spirit in the sky When northern lights are dancing He-lo e loi-la Čajet dan čuovgga I can see your spirit in the sky When northern lights are dancing He-lo e loi-la Čajet dan čuovgga

Updates about KEiiNO

Grand Final Greenroom 2019

How do delegations prepare for Eurovision 2020?

1 year ago
Lithuania second rehearsal 2019

Second Semi-Final rehearsals completed in Tel Aviv

1 year ago
Norway 2019 backstage

All semi-finalists have now finished their first rehearsals

1 year ago
Norway first rehearsal 2019

KEiiNO sing and joik in Norway's first rehearsal

1 year ago