It’s the third of the six weeks during which Norway is searching for its 2022 Eurovision song, via Melodi Grand Prix. In last week’s second heat, Farida secured herself a slot in the final with her song ‘Flowers‘.
Tonight, four more songs will compete for one further place in that final. Plus, there’ll be a live performance from NorthKid, previewing their pre-qualified finalist ‘Someone’. You can tune into the show at NRK’s website, wherever you are in the world – with the broadcast commencing at 19.50 CET. You’ll be watching this lot battling it out;
(Vilde Johannessen, Ben Adams and Sindre Timberlid Jenssen)
We’ve featured VILDE on Scandipop many times before, and have been expecting to see her name in the Melodi Grand Prix line-up for some time now. 2022 is the year she finally does it, and she does so with a song co-penned by yet another a1 member in this year’s line-up, Ben Adams. Ben has prevously written a MGP entry for Julie Bergan, and last year’s finalist ‘I Can’t Escape’ by IMERIKA. ‘Titans’ is an uplifting pop tune with a statement of intent in its lyrics to reach for the stars, with that sentiment balanced out via the anchoring back to ground that the earthy production gives it.
Sturla: Skår i Hjerte
(Sturla Fagerli Larsen)
In 2020 he released the ‘Som Ingen Andre‘ EP with Scandipop fave Hanne Mjøen, and now he continues a ten-year solo career by taking a step out onto the MGP stage. ‘Skår i Hjerte’ is a rousing number that builds into a multi-instrument climax, a journey that’s steadied by the calming vocals of Sturla himself.
Oda Gondrosen: Hammer Of Thor
(Morten Franck, Elsa Søllesvik, Torgeir Ryssevik and Oda Kristine Gondrosen)
She finished third in Idol in 2020 – time to level up in the music competition stakes. Oda arrives to MGP with a down-tempo but nevertheless impactful Viking anthem. Something which, really, every Nordic national final should have in its line-up.
Mari Bølla: Your Loss
(Lars Horn Lavik, Morten Franck and Mari Eriksen Bølla)
Mari made a big impression on us last year with ‘Not That Girl‘ – and so we’re delighted to see her name in today’s line-up. She’s a name known to Norway – when she became the youngest ever winner of Idol in 2020, taking the people’s vote to victory at just 15 years of age. With ‘Your Loss’, she delivers verses that bring to mind Little Mix, merged with a chorus that takes you back to early-days Katy Perry.