The second of four semi-finals in Norway's Melodi Grand Prix was held today in Bodø and from the seven songs participating, only two could directly go through to the final which will take place in Oslo's Spektrum on the 6th of February (qualifiers in bold):
Venke Knutson - Jealous Cause I Love You
Skanksters - Life Is Here Today
Tomine Harket - Be Good To Me
Hanne Haugsand - Don't Stop
Maria Arredondo - The Touch
Heine Totland - The Best Of Me Is You
Alexander Stenerud - Give It To Me
Venke Knutson and Heine Totland will have another chance to qualify in the Siste Sjansen round that will take place on the 30th of January in Sarpsborg.
The composer of Maria Arredondo's song is no-one less than Rolf Løvland who managed to already win the Eurovision Song Contest twice as a composer: in 1985 with the Bobbysocks and exactly one decade later with Secret Garden's Nocturne. Will it be third time lucky for Rolf this year on home ground?
Hanne Haugsand was a member of the group Charmed who represented Norway in the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm's Globen Arena with My Heart Goes Boom. Alexander Stenerud participated in the Melodi Grand Prix 2008 and 2009, ending up third last year.
Norway won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Alexander Rybak's Fairytale which went on to be a massive international success.