Readers of wiwibloggs.com have spoken, and Carl Espen has emerged as their favourite to win Melodi Grand Prix 2014. You can watch the show live via the NRK web cast from 19:55 CET.

Over 1,000 votes were cast in the poll. All week it has been a tight three-way race between Epsen, Elisabeth Carew and Linnea Dale. Espen won the poll by 11 votes, finishing on a total of 286 votes, or 21.47% of all those cast. Carew came runner up with 20.65% and Linnea Dale trailed in third with only 14.56% of the vote.

Espen also has the advantage in the running order, performing 8th out of 9 acts and following an up-beat teen pop entry from Charlie that should provide a sharp distinction from his own ballad. By contrast Elisabeth Carew will perform second and Linnea Dale sixth.

So what do y’all think? Is ‘Silent Storm’ going to go all the way? Will performing in the position Margaret Berger did last year help Carl?

Or can Elisabeth Carew survive and fight Carl into submission?

http://youtu.be/YkKaAD4IuZ4

Will Linnea Dale upset both your favourites and win MGP? Thoughts in the comment box below!

You can watch all the rest of the semi-final performances here and read the Melodi Grand Prix Jury’s verdict here. The Final of Melodi Grand Prix will be broadcast tonight from the NRK website.

Melodi Grand Prix Poll Results:

1.Carl Espen — “Silent Storm” 286 Votes (21.47%)

2. Elisabeth Carew — “Sole Survivor” 275 Votes (20.65%)

3. Linnea Dale — “High Hopes” 194 Votes (14.56%)

4. Dina Misund — “Needs” 110 Votes (8.26%)

5. Knut Kippersund Nesdal — “Taste of You” 103 Votes (7.73%)

6. Mo — “Heal” 98 Votes  (7.36%)

7. Oda & Wulff — “Sing” 91 Votes (6.83%)

8. El Cuero — “Ain’t No Love In This City No More” 88 Votes (6.61%)

9. Charlie — “Hit Me Up” 87 Votes (6.53%)

Total Votes Cast: 1332

Angus Quinn contributed this report from the U.K. You can follow him on Twitter at @Angus_Quinn17. Then like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Now, where’s the music video for Carl? This will be quite interesting.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Carl blows them away in the final wave and wins Melodi Grand Prix Norge. Linnea 2nd, Mo 3rd and Knut 4th.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Linnea takes the 4th wave, passes Mo for 2nd.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Third wave to Carl. He increases his lead. Linnea closes in on Mo for 2nd.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Second wave of voting went to Carl. He takes the lead.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

First wave of voting went to Mo.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Bookies have Norway as one of the early favorites to win. But it Knut or Mo wins here, I think they are going to fall off the top of the leaderboard quite considerably.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

WHEW!!! Linnea is the 4th super-finalist.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Mo is the third super-finalist. This means that Elisabeth or Linnea got thrown under the bus tonight. Based on what I’ve heard, I think Linnea deserves to be the 4th super-finalist.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

Carl Espen to the super-final, as expected.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

If I heard correctly, Knut is the first super-finalist. Some people are comparing his performance to Robin’s last year for Sweden and are comparing him to Rick Astley.

Kenan96
Kenan96
7 years ago

“It’s easy… pay Azerbaijan to win again”

Dude, that was not cool! : p

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

@Dhani: You must be so angry with Helena’s choice to have tried to represent Sweden. But you are too proud to admit it … yet you have no problems expressing how much u hate Scandinavian countries. What? Too cold in Denmark and it is affecting your brains? In need to enjoy some sunshine? It’s easy …. pay Azerbaijan to win again. There is a lot of sun there … Regardless of the country: the best song should always win … not who’s got the best weather! If Norway is to win …. fine by me … it’s all about the… Read more »

Kenan96
Kenan96
7 years ago

Carl FTW! 😉

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

My picks again: 9. Oda and Wulff (worst of the bunch) 8. Dina Misund (could be forgotten by the time Mo, Linnea, Charlie and Carl take the stage) 7. Knut Kippersund Nesdal (I’m thinking this year’s ESC is not digging the pop/neo-synth-pop thing this time around) 6. El Cuero (best rockers in the bunch) 5. Mo (András was waaaaay better in Hungary) 4. Charlie (might get voters who like bubble-gum/off-the-wall pop, but not as easily as Ace did in Sweden) 3. Elisabeth Carew (has potential for top-10 at ESC) 2. Carl Espen (could go 1-5 or 16-20 at ESC, depending… Read more »

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

Linnea – weak singing
Carl – absolute lack of charisma, awkward posture
Elisabeth – generic and badly sung
Knut – a nice throwback 80s song, maybe feels a bit boring
Mo – another Tooji moment, huge chorus but the singing leaves a lot to be desired
Dina, Oda & Wullf – will be eclipsed by the amount of folksy songs this year
Charlie – too simplistic, lacks a proper hook
El Cuero – really not the rock song you need for Eurovision, suits the radio waves though

Vladimir
Vladimir
7 years ago

I like Elisabeth Carow’s song – her song is really lifting and one can easily remember it. I cannot remember Carl Aspen’s song. It fell flat. Linnea is interesting, but I like Elisabeth’s song more.

Meh
Meh
7 years ago

@Jordan

You’re correct in noticing the lack of “show” in Oslo 2010. It was a disaster, me thinks. The way it looked, the way it was presented, the aura around it. I just didn’t like it. Even though I was expecting something much more promising from a country like Norway. But, I did like their “Europe, DANCE” interval act with Madcon.

While on topic, best show in terms of what was offered in the past 10 years – I will go with Malmo 2013, but even there I have some comments as well. 🙂

SJ
SJ
7 years ago

@ Eugene UK

Maybe in 2014, we have reprise like 2010, 2012 when the song who finished on second place in one of semi final, won in golden final.

SJ
SJ
7 years ago

@ Eugene UK

Semi final is not watched like final. And i think Didrik from 2010 also be second in semi final and win in final. Tooji from 2012 also not won in semi final he is on second place , but he won in final with 155480 votes, and Nora on second place had 90046 votes.

Thiefo
Thiefo
7 years ago

My top favourite is Elisabeth Carew, but I don’t mind if Carl Espen wins, is my second fav. I don’t get the hype about high hopes though…
About what some have said that Carl would flop if he goes to ESC because his song is “too boring”, may I remind you of Iceland last year? Admittedly not all songs of this type do well, but some do.

D
D
7 years ago

I think Carl has a good chance of winning, but I’m not sure if he’ll do well. Elisabeth, Linnea, and Carl will all 100% qualify, but Elisabeth and Linnea will also 100% make the Top 10, possibly Top 5. If Norway sends Carl I don’t think he’d do too well and probably stay out of the Top 10, and place somewhere near Eythor did last year, due to the similarities between their performances and slight similarities between the songs. Elisabeth and Linnea would give Norway their best placings and both could win it all, sure I don’t know if I… Read more »

SJ
SJ
7 years ago

If Norway want good result they must send Linnea, Elisabet, Mo. With Linnea 100 % in TOP 10 in final and maybe 50 % in TOP 5 (place from 1 to 10). With Elisabet 100 % in TOP 10 (place from 6 to 10) With MO 100 % in TOP 10 (place from 8 to 10 ) With Carl Espen maybe TOP 10, place from 8 to 14, remember France 2009 with Patricia Kaas she gets many points from juries and flop with televote 8 place in final ( 4 place with juries but only 17 place with televote), i… Read more »

eurana
eurana
7 years ago

Silent Storm is the best from Norway? Oh gosh. Except for Denmark and Finland, Nordics songs, are boring and sleep

Nicky
Nicky
7 years ago

I find this a good final in Norway.

I’ve got 6 big favorites:

– Carl Espen – Silent storm
– Charlie – Hit me up
– Dina Mesund – Needs
– Elisabeth Carew – Sole survivor
– Knut Kippersund Nesdal – Taste of you
– Mo – Heal

1 of these 6 and Norway has a worthy entry for Copenhagen.

Good luck Norway!

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

Norway hosting the 60th anniversary? Do I have to remind you, Dhani, the disaster that was 2010??

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

I desperately want Knut to win.

Dhani
7 years ago

Carl Espen will 99,9% win… It’s clear. And then he will probably also win Eurovision, and we will stay in the nordic countries for the 3rd year in a row and have fewer countries next year -.-

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

I tried listening to the song for a second time, but I couldn’t get into it. Carl Espen is awful live and struggles to hit the notes properly. The song itself is awful and mostly forgettable. No wonder why the general public believes the music quality at ESC is crap; it’s because the fans are supporting such rubbish to win.

T
T
7 years ago

@Charles: Yes, exactly.. I like Silent Storm the most, but I don’t think it’s the best choice for Eurovision. We have seen so many good songs flop these last 10 years just because they have been to good Eurovision, and unfortunately I think that will happen to Silent Storm too if they send it.

joey
joey
7 years ago

Carl Espen for the win!!!

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
7 years ago

“Silent storm” sounds pretty bleak and depressing to me. Norway has a possible winner with “High Hopes”. Will they squander their chance like Germany did with Unheilig?

Alina
Alina
7 years ago

I like more the song ”Heal” by Mo. This song is growing up in me.

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

@T: Too boring for Eurovision because in Eurovision is all about dancing, jumping, guys pretending to sing like girls and be dressed with huge dimensional dresses, travesties comedians trying to sing German numbers and running on stage, old ladies backing cakes and a crazy Ukrainian Palaeolithic-jungle dressed singer unable to sing but good at jumping and throwing hair all over the place, rockers using silly masks, eastern countries sharing votes like there is no tomorrow … yeah … and a drag-queen with a beard is joining the party too …. music in Eurovision at its best no doubt about it.… Read more »

Zolan
Zolan
7 years ago

“Silent Storm” is not my favourite, but it has made a big impression on some people, so I’d almost like it to win just to see if their instincts are borne out.

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

Perfection within a masterpiece … this is how I describe “Silent Storm” … Vulnerability and honesty within a rough looking man seeking for balance …is how I perceive both the man and the singer in Carl Espen … even if he is the favourite, I don’t believe for a minute anyone who loves Eurovision for all the wrongs reasons, will even bother to take a minute listen to Carl and feel what he is singing. Too busy dancing to Lashai Tumbai maybe …I wish him all the best of luck and in case he goes to Eurovision, I hope he… Read more »

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
7 years ago

Carls Espen ‘There’s a silent storm inside me and someday I’ll be calm’

vs

Common Linnets ‘Thinking about you here in the calm after the storm’

I would love that! (And vote for Norway) Both good and musical songs. Still I think Knut might win it in Norway.

AnesBosna
AnesBosna
7 years ago

Linnea Dale <3

T
T
7 years ago

Carl will flop if they send him. Norway tried this thing 4 years ago and it didn’t work, so why should it work now? Silent Storm is a nice song to hear on the radio but it’s way to boring for Eurovision and the performance is a disaster. The juries will probably like him but there’s no way the viewers will support him enough. If Carl Espen wins, my prediction is that Norway will end up somewhere between 18-25 in the Grand final.

Easpag
Easpag
7 years ago

I really want Linnea to win. High Hopes will easily be in my top 10 songs.