So what happened in the second heat, then? Emmy welcomed Norway into the ‘Witch Woods‘ and got rewarded with a ticket to the grand final on February 20th.
And what’s happening in heat 4? Four more song will compete, only one of which will be voted through to the final by the Norwegian public. They’ll have to choose between this lot that you can find below.
Marvellous stuff. And also tomorrow night, will be a performance from the latest pre-qualified finalist, which was released today – and which you can also find below;
THE PRE-QUALIFIED FINALIST
Atle Pettersen – ‘World On Fire’
(Atle Pettersen, Jesper Borgen, Magnus Clausen, Alexander Pavelich, Peter Daniel Newman)
Atle is by now a Norwegian light-entertainment staple, having appeared on numerous Saturday-night ratings hits over the past decade – either as a competitor, a guest or a thoroughly charismatic host. So it was only a matter of time before he stepped up to the big one – Melodi Grand Prix. He competes with ‘World On Fire’, a modern pop tune with disco influences and an anthemic chorus – with plenty of room in it for Atle to flex his considerable showman skills.
THE HEAT 4 COMPETITORS
Landeveiens Helter – ‘Alt Det Der’
(Lars-Erik Blokkhus, Petter Bjørklund Kristiansen, Thor-Erik Claussen)
Four Norwegian music legends coming together to form a boyband of sorts. Rune Rudberg, Dag Ingebrigtsen, Lars Erik Blokkhus and Stian Staysman Thorbjørnse each bring to the contest a fanbase of their own. And all but Dag have competed in Melodi Grand Prix before. The song is an old-fashioned, packed bar sing-along affair – exuding joy from every line, and probably our fave of the bunch this week!
KiiM – ‘My Lonely Voice’
(Kim Rune Hagen, Espen Andreas Fjeld, Vebjørn Jernberg, Niklas Rosström)
Originally finding fame after finishing third in the 2007 series of Norwegian Idol, KiiM is now here in 2021 for his debut participation in Melodi Grand Prix. With ‘My Lonely Voice’ he delivers a big emotional ballad with a soft and tender side. It will be interesting to see how this one is going to be staged on the night – it will need to be GRAND, to do the song justice.
Royane – ‘Circus’
(Royane Harkati, Junior Paris, Simen Handeland)
Definitely the most eccentric of this week’s songs, sonically. It’s got a certain vibe to it – we just can’t quite place what that vibe is. Mind you, going with such a non-traditional pop sound worked very well for Heat 3’s winner!
Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup – ‘Pages’
(Vanessa Liftig, Robin Lynch, Marianne Pentha, Mikkel Gaup)
KEiiNO will have some company in the joiking stakes if this song makes it through to the final from Saturday’s heat! ‘Pages’ has much less bang to it than ‘Monument’, but does manage to rouse and inspire in its own way. It’s a song we’re hoping is going to be elevated even further by something of a magical staging.