Tonight the annual Melodi Grand Prix roadshow in Norway made it's final stop on the way to Oslo, being held in the southern town of Larvik where another seven acts gave it their all, competing for just three places in the Grand Final on the 9th of February.
The acts that qualified were Gaute Ormåsen, Sirkus Eliassen and Adelén who all gave fantastic renditions of their songs and ensured that the public at home voted them through to the Grand Final. These now join the six acts that qualified in Florø last Saturday and Steinkjer the week before.
The seven acts competing were (qualifiers in bold):
Gothminister - Utopia
Adelén - Bombo (1st Place)
Lucky Lips - Sweet And Heavy
Gaute Ormåsen - Awake (3rd Place)
Anina - The Young
Winta - Not Afraid
Sirkus Eliassen - I Love You Te Quiero (2nd Place)
The line up for the final is now:
Gromth and Emil Solli-Tangen - Alone
Datarock - The Underground
Vidar Busk - Paid My Way
Margaret Berger - Feed You My Love
Fjellfolk - Ulvetuva
Annsofi - I'm With You
Adelén - Bombo
Sirkus Eliassen - I Love You Te Quiero
Gaute Ormåsen - Awake
About the qualifiers
Below is some information about tonight's qualifiers:
Lyrics and music: Ina Wroldsen and Quiz & Larossi
Adelén Rusillo Steen from Horten is 16 years old and therefore this year’s youngest MGP artist. She made her first solo appearance as a four year old during her nursery school’s summer concert. Subsequently there followed annual performances at school end of year concerts before she, as a 13 year old, signed up for a local talent competition. But now it’s getting serious: With MGP and the song Bombo Adelén is debuting as an artist on a national stage! The song is written by Ina Wroldsen and Quiz & Larossi who are some of Scandinavia’s biggest hit producers. Wroldsen has written songs for the likes of One Direction, Britney Spears and The Saturdays. Recently one of her songs made it to the top of the British singles charts; Impossible sung by X-Factor winner James Arthur. The Swedish duo Quiz & Larossi have also had a string of hit successes and have written and produced for world known artists like Diana Ross, Il Divo and Westlife.
Artist: Sirkus Eliassen
Lyrics: Magnus Eliassen and Erik Eliassen
Music: Magnus Eliassen
Sirkus Eliassen is made up of brothers Erik and Magnus Eliassen from Bodø. During the past two years they have managed to conquer all of Norway with their catchy radio hits in the Nordland dialect. They debuted in the summer of 2011 with the single Hjem til dæ that was A-listed on Radion P3 and sold five times platinum. In 2012 they delivered an even bigger hit Æ vil bare dans (together with DJ Ben Kinx) that was in the Norwegian charts for 28 weeks and sold platinum ten times! Now they are hell bent on having a new hit with the MGP song I Love You Te Quiero.
Artist: Gaute Ormåsen
Lyrics and music: Gaute Ormåsen, Fredrik Borgen and Jesper Borgen
The most famous person from Brumunddal in Norway, Gaute Ormåsen, is back at Melodi Grand Prix; this time with a song in English. He wrote the song Awake with Fredrik Borgen and Jesper Borgen. Gaute had his breakthrough in Idol in 2003 where he came second after Kurt Nilsen. This led to a record contract and hit songs like Miss You When You’re Gone and Chasing Rainbows, where the latter went to number one in the Norwegian charts. His debut in Melodi Grand Prix came in 2010 where Synk eller svøm made it to the Second Chance round. Altogether, Gaute has released 5 albums and is known for singing in his own Hedmark dialect, like with the radio hit Kjærlighet er mer enn forelskelse. He has also been an actor in the soap opera Hotel Cæsar and danced his way to 4th place in the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing.
And next week...
Now that we have nine finalists in place, there is only one stop left before Norway's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is announced! Next Saturday the Grand Final will take place at the Oslo Spektrum arena. However, before then one final act needs to be chosen to bring the line-up up to ten acts.
This will be done internally and announced in the next few days! Then we are ready to "kjøre" as they say in Norway!
So join us on the 9th of February right here on Eurovision.tv for the Grand Final of Melodi Grand Prix 2013 where Norway's entry for Malmö will finally be selected! We will be streaming it LIVE on our WebTV so make sure you tune in for that! Also, if you are using Twitter (@Eurovision) or Instagram (Eurovisionteam), use the hash tag #goodeveningeurope so that we can get Eurovision trending all over the continent!