Wrap-up: Didrik's hard task to follow Alexander Rybak

Who is he?

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.

What the fans thought?

"Have to agree, i think this is a good song which will do well, Great voice, great key change with fireworks, wow," Gavin Jary from the United Kingdom commented. "Norway actually has got a chance to get a double victory!" said  a Finnish fan.

He finished 20th in the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest with 35 points and was directly qualified for the Final as he represented the Host Country of Norway.

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How did it all start?

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But in Oslo…

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