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Agnete to represent Norway in 2016

28 February 2016 at 00:25 CET
Agnete Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK
Agnete has won the Norwegian national selection, Melodi Grand Prix, and will represent Norway in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with the song Icebreaker. 

The results

  1. Agnete - Icebreaker - 195,728 votes
  2. Freddy Kalas - Feel Da Rush - 88,128 votes
  3. Suite 16 - Anna Lee - 56,671 votes
  4. Laila Samuels - Afterglow - 48,865 votes

The show

Tonight's two-hour extravaganza was broadcast live from the Oslo Spektrum, the same venue that staged the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 54th edition of Melodi Grand Prix and was hosted by Silya Nymoen and Kåre Magnus Bergh. The winner was decided after two rounds of public voting; top four acts from the first round of voting went through to the so-called Gold Final before the ultimate winner was announced. 

The ten participants of Melodi Grand Prix 2016, the four qualifiers to the Gold Final are in bold:

  • Agnete - Icebreaker
  • Elouiz - History
  • Freddy Kalas - Feel Da Rush
  • Laila Samuels - Afterglow
  • Makeda - Stand Up
  • Pegasus - Anyway
  • Stage Dolls - Into the Fire
  • Stine Hole Ulla - Traces
  • Suite 16 - Anna Lee
  • The Hungy Hearts featuring Lisa Dillan - Laika

Kate Gulbrandsen, who represented Norway in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest performed during the interval act, bringing a touch of nostalgia to the proceedings. Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, Norway's representatives in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest also performed a haunting rendition of their entry Monster Like Me.

About Agnete

Agnete Johnsen, is a singer songwriter, born in Nesseby, Norway, in 1994. Prior to launching a solo career she was the lead singer in the band The BlackSheeps. In the 2011 Melodi Grand Prix they finished second to Stella Mwangi's Haba Haba with their song Dance Tonight. In 2014 Agnete won the Norwegian version of Dancing With The Stars. She won a convincing victory in the 2016 Melodi Grand Prix and will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm!

Gallery: The ten acts in Norway's Melodi Grand Prix in 2016

Norway finished in eighth place in the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and will compete in the second Semi-Final on 12th May. 

What do you think of Norway's chances of victory in 2016?