Norway’s revamped Melodi Grand Prix kicked off tonight, starting with the first of three semi-finals, live from the Folketeatret in Oslo. Jenny Skavlan and Erik Solbakken, one of the presenters from the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, are this year’s hosts of Melodi Grand Prix.

Five acts performed, but only three could advance to next week’s final. The decision was decided 100% by televoters.

Semi-Final One Participants

1. Hilda & Thea Leora – “Best friend’s boyfriend”

2. Mo – “Heal”

3. Dina Misund – “Needs”

4. Linnea Dale – “High hopes”

5. Timbre & Frikk Heide-Steen feat. Ida Stein – “Frozen by your love”

After each act performed their entry, a panel of four expert juries provided commentary about the song and performance. The panel consists of Marie Komissar, Kathrine Synnes Finnskog, Gisle Stokland and Tarjei Strøm. They all helped director Vivi Stenburg choose the 15 entries for this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, so they have a running start when it comes to judging them.

Once all of the votes were counted and verified, tonight’s three lucky qualifiers were announced. They are:

Dina Misund:

Linnea Dale:

and Mo:

The final of Melodi Grand Prix will be on 15 March at the Oslo Spektrum.

You can read our jury’s opinion on all of the contestants by clicking here.

Anthony Ko contributed this report from the U.K. Follow him on Twitter at @bjorneo. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: NRK

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Raul
Raul
6 years ago

Linnea among those 3 is the best. But Carl Espen as the best song, by far, this year (and he can reaaly win ESC at CPH)

Petar
Petar
6 years ago

Linnea have best song in MGP but stage performance is not good and that can cost her to win at MGP.
Mo is my third favorite to win (Carl Espen is my second favorite to win at MGP) , and he sound good and have good stage performance

D
D
6 years ago

Don’t know how Mo qualified, hate his song. Anyways, Linnea for the win.

AnesBosna
AnesBosna
6 years ago

Timbre :'(

Mr. M
Mr. M
6 years ago

Didn’t expect to see Mo and Dina qualifying. I was hoping for Linnea, Hilda & Thea Leora and Timbre.
Still glad to see Linnea (my personal favorite) in the Final 😀

Dhani
6 years ago

Mo’s song is really bad