Participant Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 Central Norway
Participant Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 Central Norway
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Norway presents the 4 acts for this Saturday's MGP semi-final

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The 4 artists who will be competing in the semi-final for Central Norway on Saturday 25 January are Alexandru, Kristin Husøy, SIE GUBBA and Thomas Løseth. Also performing: pre-qualified artist Akuvi, and he will sing in Norwegian.

Just like in semi-final 1 of Norway's Melodi Grand Prix 2020 there will be 2 duels with 2 artists battling against each other. From each duel, the winner will go on to the so-called "Gold Duel". The act that wins the "Gold Duel" will qualify for the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 final on 15 February, and thus has a shot at representing Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Alexandru - Pink Jacket

Lyrics and Music: Ruben Markussen

Participant Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 Central NorwayNRK

Alexandru Gros Grindvoll (19) from Rennebu was previously one of the members of the boy band Suite 16. The group released the song Who I Wanna Be which went double platinum. They participated in MGP in 2016 where they came in third with the song Anna Lee.

Now Alexandru is pursuing a career as a solo artist. Since he was twelve years old, he has interpreted famous songs on YouTube, and several of his videos have 100,000 views.

In addition to singing, Alexandru plays the guitar and the drums. Despite his young age, he has experience from many areas of the music industry. He has already appeared on a large Chinese TV show with millions of viewers.

Alexandru says his Spotify playlists are full of punk and death metal, and to calm down in the evening he prefers to put on one of the albums of the band Bring Me The Horizon. Although Alexandru has learned the technique of "growling", he himself will not create death metal music. Going forward, he wants to show people more of his identity in the rock genre, still with a hint of today's pop sound.

Kristin Husøy - Pray For Me

Lyrics and Music: Roel Rats and Kristin Husøy

Participant Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 Central NorwayNRK

Kristin Husøy (18) grew up in Trondheim where she still lives. She has been playing the piano since first grade and plays at least 30 minutes every single day. Kristin chose music as an elective subject in junior high and went on to study music in high school. She took a year off to participate in The Voice on TV2. Now she’s back in school.

Kristin says she loves soul, jazz and R&B, especially from the second half of the 20th century. She is particularly inspired by musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Ella Fitzgerald.

When Kristin heard Pray For Me for the first time, she immediately thought it was a great song and absolutely her style, a sort of modern pop music mixed with gospel soul.

Since then, she collaborated with Roel Rats on the lyrics and went to the Netherlands for the recording. She says the collaboration has been incredibly inspiring and has given her new experiences and new friends.

SIE GUBBA - Kjære du

Lyrics and music: Petter Øien and Magne Almås

Participant Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 Central NorwayNRK

The band SIE GUBBA celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020. They celebrate by going on a nationwide anniversary tour, and not least by being back in Melodi Grand Prix. These country rockers from Central Norway have been among the country's busiest bands for 25 years. With their combination of folk lyrics, fiddle and singalong friendly texts, they have played in almost every town and city across Norway. They have released 12 albums and several singles and held first place on the VG hit list with three different albums. In 2006, the album Sie Gubba became the band's big breakthrough, in part because of the song Sånn e livet which was on the Norwegian hit lists for many weeks.

SIE GUBBA participated in MGP in 2011 where they made it to the final with the song Alt du vil ha.

The band members today are Magne Almås, Tommy Folstadli, Petter Øien, Tore Dalsaune, Morten Hølås and Reidulf Wormdal.

Thomas Løseth - Vertigo

Lyrics and music: Idar Sørensen. Vocal: Erika Norwich

Participant Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 Central NorwayNRK

Thomas Løseth (33) comes from Fannrem in Orkdal. He won The Voice on TV2 in 2017 and has since been praised for his silky voice and his stage presence. The Norwegian artist Lene Marlin was his mentor during the TV show.

Thomas has dedicated his life to music at a young age. And as he himself puts it: "the hard, long way". He has been a vocalist in several bands, had countless playing jobs, been a studio musician and now works as a solo artist.

He is currently working on his debut album, and several singles are planned to be released this year.

And the one pre-qualified artist performing Saturday:

Akuvi - Som du er

Lyrics and melody: Beatrice Akuvi Kumordzie, Andreas Stone, Costa Leon and Amin Zana

The song will be released on 24 January.

Beatrice Akuvi Hosen Kumordzie (25) is a singer-songwriter artist and entertainer with Norwegian-Ghanaian background. She grew up in Asker outside Oslo in a home filled with music. Sister Anna-Lisa participated in the Melodi Grand Prix in 2019 where she made it to the gold final. The two sisters joined their father on music assignments early on, at events where traditional African music was at the centre.

Akuvi describes her lyrics as pages taken from her diary, which she then adds a melody to. She found her sound on a four-year journey in South Africa, where she attended peace, conflict and religion studies. On her musical journey, she picked up elements from traditional South African gospel, West African afro-pop and American hip hop and R&B. The result is what she calls "reggae-infused neo-soul."

In 2019 Akuvi participated in the TV show Beat for Beat, performed at festivals and released two singles.

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Posted 18 January 2020 at 21:39 CET

Norway: Rein Alexander to the MGP Final!

Rein AlexanderNRK

Tonight, it was time for the second regional semi-final of Norway's ‘Melodi Grand Prix’ 2020. During the show, 4 acts from the East of Norway fought in duels with the goal to qualify for the Norwegian final. The winner of all duels was Rein Alexander who earned a spot the final with the song 'One Last Time'.

Norway’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodi Grand Prix, held its second regional semi-final, this time with artists from the East of Norway. They took to the stage to battle in three duels for a place in the final. Public voting through the broadcaster’s website, nrk.no, determined which of the following artists got a spot in the final:

Duel 1

  • Tore Petterson - Start Of Something New

  • Kim & Maria - Fool For Love (winner)

Duel 2

  • Jæger - How About Mars

  • Rein Alexander - One Last Time (winner)

“Gold Duel”

  • Kim & Maria - Fool For Love

  • Rein Alexander - One Last Time (winner)

Participants Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 2 East NorwayNRK

As the winner of the so-called “Gold Duel”, Rein Alexander secured the ticket for the final in Trondheim on Saturday 15 February. The interval act consisted of another of the 5 songs pre-qualified for the final, Out Of Air, performed by Didrik and Emil.

On Monday 20 January, the 4 competing acts in semi-final 3 of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix, the 'Central Norway' semi-final, will be announced and their songs will be revealed. The third semi-final will take place on Saturday 25 February at 19:50 CET.

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Posted 13 January 2020 at 17:33 CET

New group of 4 semi-finalists for Norway's national selection announced!

Participants Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 2 east NorwayNRK

Semi-final 2 of Norway's Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will feature Tore Petterson, JÆGER, Rein Alexander and Kim Wigaard & Maria Mohn. The 4 artists will compete to conquer a spot in the national selection's final on 15 February 2020.

Just like in semi-final 1 of Norway's Melodi Grand Prix 2020 there will be 2 duels with 2 artists battling against each other. From each duel, the winner will go on to the so-called "Gold Duel". The act that wins the "Gold Duel" will qualify for the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 final on 15 February, and thus has a shot at representing Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Tore Petterson - Start of Something New

Lyrics and melody: Tore Petterson and Knut Bjørnar Asphol

Tore Petterson (40) was born in Drammen, a city not far from Oslo. He is known from the NRK series Sofa and has been a judge in the Norwegian version of Dancing With The Stars on Norwegian TV2. He is also a comedian in the humour duo Adam and Tore with his friend Adam Schjølberg.

In this year’s MGP, he will participate with the song The Start of Something New. It is written and produced with Knut Bjørnar Asphol, who among other things has produced Alexander Rybak's Eurovision 2018 track That’s How You Write a Song.

Participants Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 2 east NorwayNRK

Tore has played with jazz legend Ola Calmeyer for 8 years, and more recently with his own band Tore Petterson Trio with pianist Torbjørn Kvamme and Frøydis Grorud on saxophone and flute.

JÆGER - How About Mars

Lyrics and melody: Roel Rats, Synne Vorkinn, Chris Wortley and Sindre T. Jenssen

Anna Jæger (26) is from Oslo and Asker, but spent her childhood years in Canada and the USA with her diplomate family. JÆGER has been a musician since she was a kid, and as an adult, she has found her way into "electro-pop rock". JÆGER combines inspiration from her upbringing in North America with experiences from Norway. Some of the artists who inspire her most are Tove Lo, Elle King, Billie Eilish, Robyn and Halsey.

As a teenager, she played in rock bands in the United States and performed in small venues and nightclubs in Virginia and Washington DC and various nightclubs in Oslo, Norway.

Participants Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 2 east NorwayNRK

The "School of Rock" became very influential in JÆGER’s coming-of-age. It is a place where young talents learn to play rock music in bands and perform on a variety of venues.

JÆGER participated in The Voice on TV2 in 2017 where a-ha legend Morten Harket was her mentor.

Kim Wigaard & Maria Mohn - Fool For Love

Lyrics and music: Torbjørn Raae, Arve Furset, Kim Wigaard Johansen and Maria Mohn

Kim Wigaard (31) from Oslo and Maria Mohn (36) from Fredrikstad are both vocal coaches in addition to their own careers as artists.

Kim has worked for many years in Norway and abroad, and has participated in musicals, operas and cabarets. He has sung in the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, worked in New York and performed a solo concert at a sold-out Oslo Concert Hall. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Oslo Academy of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Kim was a semi-finalist in Norwegian Idol, participated in the Norwegian The Voice and was most recently a judge in the Norwegian TV show All Together Now.

Participants Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 2 east NorwayNRK

Maria graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music and works as a singer, songwriter, pianist, comedian and actor. She sang in the group PUST who was nominated for a Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy), in the Norwegian Soloist Choir. She has been a vocalist in various bands and orchestras. Maria released her debut album Bli med meg in September 2010. The album received great reviews and was sold-out after just over a week. Her second album was released in 2014 and also charted.

Rein Alexander - One Last Time

Lyrics and melody: Erik Småland, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke and Rein Alexander.

Music was an important part of Rein Alexander Hauge Korshman’s (48) upbringing. He sang in the legendary Norwegian boys' choir Sølvguttene and travelled around Norway and worldwide. Today he is a trained and self-taught, experienced musician in many genres.

Rein Alexander has lived in Norway, the United States, Iceland, London, Italy and Sweden, both as a student and as a professional. He has received awards at schools such as the Royal Academy of Music and The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts. In 2003, the Norwegian people voted him all the way to victory in the NRK TV show Kjempesjansen.

Participants Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 2 east NorwayNRK

Rein Alexander has performed countless concerts for large audiences. He has also played roles such as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Anatoly in Chess, Terje Vigen, Caston in Beauty and the Beast, Shere Kahn in The Jungle Book and Anton Fugger in Which Witch.

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Posted 11 January 2020 at 21:36 CET

Raylee joins the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 in Norway

Raylee wins first semi-final of Norwegian MGPNRK

Before we know who will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 on Saturday 15 February, there will be 5 regional semi-finals of ‘Melodi Grand Prix’. During the first semi-final, 4 artists from the South of Norway gave their all to qualify for the Norwegian final, but the ultimate winner was Raylee who earned a place in the final with her song 'Wild'.

Norway’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodi Grand Prix, 4 artists took to the stage to battle in 3 duels for a place in the final. Public voting through the broadcaster’s website, nrk.no, decided which of the following artists got a spot in the final:

Duel 1

  • Geirmund - Come Alive

  • Lisa Børud - Talking About Us (winner)

Duel 2

  • Kim Rysstad - Rainbow

  • Raylee - Wild (winner)

“Gold Duel”

  • Lisa Børud - Talking About Us

  • Raylee - Wild (winner)

As the winner of the so-called “Gold Duel”, Raylee gets the ticket for the final in Trondheim on Saturday 15 February. The interval act consisted of one of the 5 songs pre-qualified for the final, Take My Time, performed by Sondrey.

On Monday 13 January, the 4 competing acts in semi-final 2 of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix, the "East Norway" semi-final, will be announced and their songs will be revealed. The second semi-final will take place on Saturday 18 February 19:50 CET.

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Posted 06 January 2020 at 12:48 CET

First artists for Norway's Melodi Grand Prix 2020 announced

Melodi Grand Prix 2020 Pre-qualified FinalistsNRK

NRK has revealed the first 9 of the 25 artists participating in Melodi Grand Prix 2020. At a press conference at NRK’s headquarters in Oslo, the 3 MGP hosts presented the 5 artists who have pre-qualified for the Grand Final as well as the other 4 artists from Southern Norway who will compete in the first semi-final on January 11.

The 9 Melodi Grand Prix 2020 artists were announced along with their songs by MGP hosts Kåre Magnus Bergh, Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase. The 5 pre-qualified finalists include:

Didrik & Emil - Out Of Air

The Solli-Tangen brothers grew up outside Porsgrunn in Telemark. They have had great success with concerts and summer shows, and in recent years they have worked together on the performance En broderlig aften.

Didrik (32) is educated as a classical singer from the Barratt Due Music Conservatory, where he graduated in 2010. That same year he made his national breakthrough when he won the Melodi Grand Prix with the song My Heart Is Yours and represented Norway when the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Norway. Following his participation in Eurovision, he has performed both at home and abroad and sung a duet with José Carreras.

As a 19-year-old, Emil (now 28) was admitted to the bachelor's program for performing singers at the Barratt-Due Music Conservatory in Oslo. Already 2 years later he was admitted to the State Opera Academy in Oslo, as one of the youngest to ever be admitted. In 2013 he participated in Melodi Grand Prix with the metal band Gromth. He has since been featured in several TV shows, held concerts and performed in opera roles across the country.

Ulrikke Brandstorp - Attention

Ulrikke Brandstorp (24) from Sarpsborg became well known to the Norwegian people when she came second in the TV show Stjernekamp (NRK) in 2018. Later, she has been featured at Addresse: Tel Aviv (a show about Eurovision), the charity show Håp i ei gryte and Idrettsgallaen where she paid tribute to ski athletes Marit Bjørgen and Ole Einar Bjørndalen with an emotional performance. Ulrikke is known to many fans of Melodi Grand Prix. She participated in 2017 and made it to the gold final with the song Places. Throughout the fall of 2019 and until March 2020, Ulrikke can be seen performing at Folketeateret in Oslo. She plays Liesl who is one of the lead roles in Sound of Music.

MGP 2020 ParticipantNRK

Akuvi - Som du er

Beatrice Akuvi Hosen Kumordzie (25) is a singer-songwriter artist and entertainer with Norwegian-Ghanaian background. She grew up in Asker outside Oslo in a home filled with music. Sister Anna-Lisa participated in the Melodi Grand Prix in 2019 where she made it to the gold final. The 2 sisters joined their father on music assignments early on, at events where traditional African music was at the centre. Akuvi describes her lyrics as pages taken from her diary, which she then adds a melody to. She found her sound on a 4-year journey in South Africa, where she attended peace, conflict and religion studies. On her musical journey, she picked up elements from traditional South African gospel, West African afro-pop and American hip hop and R&B. The result is what she calls "reggae-infused neo-soul."

Sondrey - Take My Time

R&B and soul artist Sondrey, or Sondre Mulongo Nystrøm, (25) is participating in MGP for the first time. In 2016 he got a record contract with a record label after participating in the TV show The Stream on TV 2. In 2019 he came in third place in the TV show Stjernekamp (NRK). His most-streamed song is Fordi jeg elsker deg. Sondrey grew up in Øyer near Lillehammer. He is a 100- and 200-meter sprinter and has participated in several national championships.

MGP 2020 ParticipantNRK

Tone Damli - Hurts Sometimes

Tone Damli (31) entered the Norwegian music scene when she, as a 16-year-old, participated in Norwegian Idol in 2005. Later that year she released her debut album Bliss, which went gold. She has released 5 albums and achieved platinum several times. Tone participated in Melodi Grand Prix with the song Butterflies in 2009. She came second in the final, beaten only by Alexander Rybak who won with Fairytale. Tone's song sold to platinum and was on the Norwegian hit chart for 17 weeks. In 2013, she participated in the Swedish Melodifestivalen with Erik Segerstedt. They performed the song Hello Goodbye.

MGP 2020 ParticipantNRK

The 4 remaining hopefuls who will go to battle in the first semi-final for Southern Norway are:

Kim Rysstad - Rainbow

Kim Rysstad (38) is from Valle in Setesdal and is an artist deeply rooted in Norwegian folk music traditions. In the fall and winter of 2019, he became known to a large audience through his participation in the Norwegian TV show Stjernekamp (NRK) where he made it to the final. Kim participated in Melodi Grand Prix 2012 with the song Så vidunderleg. He collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create the Christmas album Snøen laver ned.

Raylee - Wild

Raylee Charlotte Kristiansen (22) from Tromøy in Arendal released her first record as an 11-year-old. Her song Hvem eier has been streamed over 1.2 million times on YouTube. Raylee is both a singer and a dancer. In 2008, she starred in the musical Annie. As an adult, Raylee has released several songs. Her first self-written song in English, Love Me, came out in 2017. Raylee participated in Stjernekamp at NRK in 2014, and in 2015 she participated in the Melodi Grand Prix with the song Louder. In 2016 she came third at the Norwegian version of Dancing With The Stars.

Geirmund - Come Alive

Geirmund Hansen (31) is from Stavanger, but moved to Kristiansand in 2013. He is educated at the University of Agder at the Department of Rhythmic Music. Geirmund works both as a songwriter and an artist, and as a vocal educator at KV Vennesla and at the University of Agder. His first TV performance was during the opening of the Kilden Concert Hall in Kristiansand where he performed his own song, Theatre with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. The breakthrough as an artist came when he participated in Norwegian The Voice in 2013.

Lisa Børud - Talking About U

Lisa Børud recorded her first album as a 5-year-old and from then on a significant child star with over 120,000 albums sold. She grew up in the highly musical Børud family, and together they toured all over Norway. Over the course of 12 years, she released 8 albums, 2 DVDs and 2 compilation albums. After completing the hip hop dance education at the Bårdar academy in Oslo, her career took off in when she participated in the TV show Stjernekamp (NRK). She was praised for a number of fantastic song and dance acts. In 2018, Lisa was one of Alexander Rybak’s dancers and backup singers at Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal.

About Melodi Grand Prix 2020

The 5 artists pre-qualified for the Grand Final were chosen by a jury led by Stig Karlsen. For the remaining hopefuls, Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will consist of 5 semi-finals before the national final, one for each region of Norway (North, Central, West, South, East). The semifinal will be broadcasted in front of live audiences from the H3 Arena in Fornebu. Semi-finalists will compete in a cup and it will be up to the televoters to decide which of them will qualify for the national final in Trondheim. The 2020 competition will not include a European jury. The winner of MGP 2020 will be strictly in the hands of the Norwegian viewers.

Are you excited about the first participants of MGP 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

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