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Åste & Rikke and Helene Bøksle snatch up final places in Norway

15 January 2011 at 22:17 CET

The Norwegian selection kicked off in style tonight when the first semi-final was held at a rather unorthodox location, namely Hanger E at one of Norway's largest air force bases, Ørland Hovedflystasjon in Sør-Trøndelag. 

It was so stylish that the winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest for Norway, Alexander Rybak, was flown in by a military aircraft, which was escorted by F16 fighter jets! 

All the acts tonight gave very good live renditions of their songs but three acts were sorely disappointed when Åste & Rikke with their song It's Not That Easy and Helene Bøksle with her song Vardlokk received a direct ticket to the final at Oslo Spektrum, being held on the 12th of February 2011. Sie Gubba with their song Alt Du Vil Ha and Use Me with Daisy qualified to the second chance round, which is being held in Sarpsborg in a few short weeks. From here they will have one final chance to make it to the final in Oslo. 

Next week the Melodi Grand Prix roadshow will be heading to the picturesque town of Florø in Sogn og Fjordane. After that we will be taking a tour down to Skien for the final semi-final and then to Sarpsborg for the second chance round.