On the 6th February, the final of one of Europe's most popular national selections was held at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, where eight artists competed for the right to represent Norway in the Final of Europe’s Favourite TV-show.
The spectacular show was full of excitement with a special focus on the history of the Norwegian selection Melodi Grand Prix . Along with last year’s winner, Alexander Rybak, 1985 winners Elisabeth Andreassen & Hanne Krogh (Bobbysocks) and 1985 and 1995 winning composer Rolf Løvland were in the hall.
Of the eight songs on stage, four qualified via televote to a super-final. From here four expert juries cast their votes followed by the regional televoting results. This resulted in a landslide victory for Didrik Solli-Tangen and his song My Heart Is Yours.
Didrik Solli-Tangen's song had been one of the favourites to win Melodi Grand Prix since he appeared in the semi-final two weeks earlier. Other acts such as A1, Keep of Kalessin and 2008 representative Maria Haukaas Storeng were also in the running. Didrik has the huge task of representing his native Norway, where expectations will be running high!
You can watch his performance again in the video below.
Didrik Solli-Tangen was born on a summer day twenty-two years ago outside of Porsgrunn, a town situated a couple of hours south west of Oslo, Norway. He had a typical Norwegian childhood and among his interests were off-road biking, skateboarding and of course, music.
At 15 years-old, Didrik formed a band with some friends and became a drummer. One day, the lead singer wanted some back-up harmonies, and he turned to Didrik. Didrik had discovered his voice; he started performing in front of classmates and family, and joined the local "high-school musical."
His father got Didrik a professional voice coach, Anders Vangen, the best vocal coach in the area. Didrik’s father wanted his son to move in a classical direction, but Didrik adamantly refused; he was heavily inspired by Robbie Williams and his likes. However, his coach slowly introduced him to great operatic singers and it didn't take long before Didrik learned to hit the high "C".
Didrik is currently a full-time student at the highly acclaimed Barratt Due Institute of performing arts in Oslo. Didrik met composer Hanne Sørvaag at the Melodi Grand Prix semi-final in Skien, Norway. She hails from Stavanger, Norway, and now lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Together with well-known Swedish composer Fredrik Kempe she wrote Didrik’s entry to the national competition.
He will perform third in the Final on 29th May in Oslo, Norway.