Way back on 15 January Norway revealed the ten acts competing in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix. And now, on the final weekend of national final season, it’s finally time for the Norwegian public to make their decision.

On 4 February, after listening to all of the songs, we asked you to start voting for your favourite to win. After counting 3,431 votes we can now reveal that you chose Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak and his entry “That’s How You Write A Song”. The Eurovision alum earned a total of 905 votes, or 26% of all votes cast.

It’s fair to say that Alexander’s return to MGP has been met with mixed reactions. The Wiwi Jury ranked him last out of all ten competing acts with an average score of 5.38. But a large chunk of our readers obviously feel differently and are loving his directions on how best to compose a song.

It’s important to note that at Eurovision it’s better to have people absolutely love your entry than only like it. While Alexander’s song could be termed ‘marmite’, those who love it are obviously willing to get out and vote for it — he won the poll by a clear margin of 285 votes. So if these poll results are anything to go by, Alexander and his violin could be in good stead to take the MGP crown this evening.

Coming in second place is Rebecca. She managed to earn 620 votes, or 18% of those cast. Her song “Who We Are” also has an MGP winner behind it in Kjetil Mørland (one half of Norway’s Eurovision 2015 entry). Could his winning luck rub off on Rebecca?

The Wiwi Jury favourite Aleksander Walmann could only manage third place with our readers. But with 604 votes, he’s still very close behind Rebecca. Aleksander will be hoping to win MGP for the second year in a row and take Norway back to the top ten in Lisbon with his song “Talk To The Hand”.

Ida Maria and her “Scandilove” come in fourth place with 416 votes (12%). Her fun uptempo number has earned her many fans and no doubt it will be an interesting one to watch tonight. Here’s hoping the nurse, doctor, diver, fireman and plumber get to make an appearance in the performance!

After that the field opens up a lot more, with no other act earning over 400 votes. Eurovision 2011 singer Stella and new companion Alexandra round out the top five though with 223 votes (6.5%).

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – Poll Results

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – Running Order

  1. Stella & Alexandra – “You Got Me”
  2. Aleksander Walmann – “Talk to the Hand”
  3. Ida Maria – ‘Scandilove”
  4. NICOLINE – “Light Me Up”
  5. Tom Hugo – “I Like I Like I Like”
  6. Charla K – “Stop the Music”
  7. Alejandro Fuentes – “Tengo Otra”
  8. Vidar Villa – “Moren din”
  9. Rebecca – “Who We Are”
  10. Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”

Melodi Grand Prix starts at 19:55 CET and you’ll be able to watch via the NRK 1 live stream here.

Do you think Alexander will in fact win MGP this evening? If not, who are you rooting for? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Darth Thulhu
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Hmm. Feeling those Love Love Peace Peace vibes … but there’s neither a man in a hamster wheel, nor any old women baking bread.

uh
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Song is crap. He continues being cute, but I’m tired of that look. I want to see him bulk up and become a sexy daddy. Daddy Rybak…lol.

xavier
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im not a huge fan of the song but its cute and fun. and i wouldn’t mind seeing him in eurovision again it would be just like old times

Simon
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Well, he has the best song. It’s soo fun and I’m sure he’s going to give us a very good performance tonight. Definitely looking forward to this. Go Rybak!!!

Ffs
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He’s soooo cringe

Miss Uncongeniality
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Rybak? Really? Are you f**ng kidding me? Is his family that big that he could win a poll with that crappy intend of song? Or are the people doped? I mean, this is sooo bad it couldn’t be possible. Definitely as Whitney Houston said one day: “crack is wack”, so Rybak, please, stop doing what you are doing

Ari
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To be fair, he’s got a great tush and a bright smile. Even with that song, he’d still be a lovable addition to this year’s contest. 😛

Ffs
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LOL

@EugeneESCUK
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Well that is definitely NOT how you write a song if this is the result!!

If you look at the running order, at the start Stella & Alexandra sing 1st, Walmann sings 2nd and Ida sings 3rd so the NRK producers don’t really fancy/want these. Rebecca sings 9th and Rybak sings last, so that tells us everything we need to know really.

The international juries will probably go for Rebecca (song written by Mørland ESC 2015) or Walmann (song written by Jowst/Walmann ESC 2017,) Rybak who wrote his own song could be a disaster waiting to happen for Norway.

Rasmus
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Im really embarrassed that Alexander is number 1 with this song and im really emberrassed for Norway if he wins. If Norway were in Semifinal 1 it would have been good bye very fast. Semifinal 2 has a better chance to qualify for him unfortunately. Team Rebecca and Team Alexander Walmann :).

Ari
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On a side note, Rebecca has the perfect lyrics quote for the Eurovision world:

“Hating me won’t find you love.”

😛

That in itself might make her the best candidate. haha

Ari
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I’m quite curious about the live performances, especially Rebbeca’s and Alexander’s. This’ll be a nice ending to this NF season.

Ari
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Personally, I am rooting for Kjetil Mørland.

Werr
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I mean…seriously? I’m scared. He is a grest singer and performer, but the song is more JESC than ESC.

Oisín T
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Anything but Rybak. I beg.

Colin
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Remember last year, when the situation was about as vague as this one: everyone was having different favorites and JOWST emerged as a winner due to their great performance. MGP has really loose rules on number of stage performers and props, so we can expect a BIG party for acts like Scandilove, Moren Din and That’s How You Write a Song. If Rebecca manages to make a pitch perfect performance of the only dark/deep song in the contest, she might be a clear winner. If something goes ”underwhelming” in the performance (a’la Afterglow), any of the flashy acts with instant… Read more »
Palkia
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Alexander is a great Performer and very charming. …but that Song… I mean.. really guys? :’D

Roxy
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How did that happen? And with such a high margin? Curious. Anyway my favorite is Rebecca but I’m OK with Ida or Walmann too, as long as Rybak is out.

Erasmus
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If Alexander Rybak wins, he will be in my bottom five. And juries will also KILL this in ESC. But maybe he will be in top 10 of televoting.

Axel
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Yees.. Rybak FTW! :>

Colin
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So far, I have a four way tie at the top – Aleksander, Rebecca, Ida and Vidar. If they get to be superfinalists, I’ll be calm. But, I like the remaining 6 just enough too.

Kris
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If Rybak reaches the Superfinal no way he doesn’t win!
I just hope the jury vote go into a 3-3-2-2 split for the songs placed the highest in Televote apart from That’s how you write a song!

As much as I love Norway , I will not be able to support this song if it wins and i don’t think the juries will either.

Jai
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I don’t know why but Alexander Rybak’s song this year reminds me of San Marino 2012 (The Social Network Song)

C
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OMG I SEE THIS TOO!!!! I guess they are both teaching us something. Valentina taught us the wonders of the internet and Alex is teaching us song writing. But they also kinda sound similar…this is the high budget version though lol

C
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S C A N D I L O V E

…if not, I really do like You Got Me. I have a sense that I’m in for a disappointment when one of the Alexanders or Rebecca takes the title though…

C
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Although I should note that I think both Alexanders and Rebecca have great songs, so it won’t be the worst thing in the world

Sokratis lakrindis
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Alexander Rybak is my 4th or 5th favourite behind all the other top 5s of this vote. I truly hope he and Rebecca don’t win. He’s such a cliche. And as good as Rebecca’s song is – it’s just not going to stand out. I am very much team Stella (I really loved haba haba) but talk to the hand is the best option .

And oh god how awesome would scandilove be at Eurovision!

eurovision6
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Rebecca is the real #1 though

James
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Rybak’s song reminds me of Bruno Mars…..

Sokratis lakrindis
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Maybe it’s the 80s vibe?

schuyler
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ALL NIGHT LONG LIKE A SCANDINAVIAN

Martinija
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Rebecca >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rybak

KYLLITO
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Amen. Rebecca and Morland all the way. Although it sounds just like Australia’s song but I liked Rebecca’s first and I am a huge Morland fan.

Sokratis lakrindis
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Did Mørland write her song? Awesome. I still don’t want it at Eurovision but I won’t be upset at all – it’s a competent song! And Mørland is the bomb

Briekimchi
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I feel completely the opposite.

Leo M
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Definetly Rybak or Walmann. Love them both but if I had to pick one, it would be Rybak. This song is just so much fun. Makes me wanna get up and dance

Joe
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…I mean, it’s MY favorite. (Although there are a surprising amount of decent entries, at least from what I’ve heard. Don’t know why people are so down on it). I also like Talk to the Hand and Scandilove.