Speculation has been rife in next year’s host country, Norway, as to who will take part in its national final, Melodi Grand Prix, in 2010. A number of celebrity names have been mentioned as prospective participants including the daughter of A-ha lead singer, Morten Harket. These rumours are of course unconfirmed but as the Eurovision Song Contest is to be held in Oslo next year, a lot of interest has been sparked among some of Norway’s biggest singers and songwriters.
In addition to Tomine other names have been floating around including successful British-Norwegian boyband A1, who had a string of Top 10 hits all over Europe; Maria Haukaas Storeng and Mira Craig who represented Norway at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with their song Hold On Be Strong, which achieved a very respectable fifth place; composer Rolf Løvland who wrote two out of the three winning entries for Norway (1985 and 1995); singer and former FHM model, Lene Alexandra Øien, who participated in the 2008 Norwegian final with Sillycone Valley; Singer, Maria Arredondo and singer, Alexander Stenerud, who came third at the 2009 Melodi Grand Prix with his song, Find My Girl.
If these rumours are true it is still unsure whether or not the abovementioned will perform on stage or just provide the songs for another artist to perform. Norwegian state broadcaster and host broadcaster of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, NRK, has yet to confirm details of the participants but we can expect an announcement to be made some time in December.
The final of the 2010 Melodi Grand Prix is set to take place at Oslo Spektrum on the 6th of February.