NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest, has just announced the 11 Melodi Grand Prix competing artists and songs along with short previews. NRK will release the full versions of the songs on 17 February 2015. One of them will fly the Norwegian flag this year in Vienna. You can listen to the snippets here.

The contestants and songs

1. Alexandra Joner – “Cinderella”
Lyrics/Music: Erik Smaaland, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke (GoToGuy)

2. Contrazt – “Heaven”
Lyrics/Music: Jan Lysdahl, Jacob Collin Launbjerg

3. Erlend Bratland – “Thunderstruck”
Lyrics: Erlend Bratland, Linnea Deb Music: Joy Deb, Linnea Deb

4. Ira Konstantinidis – “We Don’t Worry”
Lyrics: Ali Pirzad, Julie Bergan Music: Øyvind Blikstad, Bjarte Giske

5. Jenny Langlo – “Next to You”
Lyrics/Music: Jenny Langlo, Robin Mortensen Lynch, Niklas Olovson

6.  Karin Park – “Human Beings”
Lyrics/Music: Karin Park, Guy Chambers

7.  Marie Klåpbakken – “Ta meg tilbake”
Lyrics/Music: Marie Klåpbakken, Linn Hege Sagen, Olav Tronsmoen

8.  Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – “A Monster Like Me”
Lyrics/Music: Kjetil Mørland

9.  Raylee – “Louder”
Lyrics/Music: Andreas Stone Johansson & Ricky Hanley

10.  Stasyman Lazz – “En godt stekt pizza”
Lyrics/Music: Stian Thorbjørnsen, Petter Kristiansen, Lars-Erik Blokkhus, Jesper Borgen, Magnus Clausen

11. Tor & Elisabeth Andreassen – “All Over the World”
Lyrics/Music: Are Selheim, Tor Endresen

What we know so far

NRK has already revealed some big changes to this year’s selection procedure. For the first time in absolute ages, the orchestra will return for the one-off show on March 14.

4 out of the 11 songs are co-written by Swedes. Impressive. It seems like they’re up to their usual thing going around national selections across Europe!

Some of you might recongise Karin Park who co-wrote Norway’s 2013 Eurovision entry, “I Feed You My Love”. She also performed it with Margaret Berger in the Melodi Grand Prix 2014 final.

Photo Credit: NRK

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Andreea
Andreea
5 years ago

“A Monster like me” it’s my winner for Norway, it’s haunting and beautiful. It stands out the most for me.

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Norway has a chance this year hopefully if they don’t send the song about pizza or a AWFUL song like last year.

William Lee Adams
Admin
5 years ago

You can hear more performances from each artist here: http://wiwibloggs.com/2015/01/22/norway-melodi-grand-prix-2015-finalists/74113/

Ian D
Ian D
5 years ago

From what I’ve heard in those snippets, I think Thunderstruck and Next To You are the only songs with any change of doing decently. We’ll have to wait for the full songs, but I have a feeling that Norway may not qualify this year.

Paul
5 years ago

Seems Erlend Bratland with ‘Thunderstruck’ and Jenny Langlo with ‘Next To You’ most interesting for me

Omar
Omar
5 years ago

“Not a winner” “We’ve heard it before” “My favorite” “Top 5” “Top 10” “Disappointed of MGP” “The songs I like are:…”

Come on people, you just heard 15 seconds of the songs with the artists talking… How can you make such comments?

Noah
Noah
5 years ago

The “Thunderstruck” song is written by the same team (excluding the singer) which wrote “You” back in 2013 for Sweden. And “Busy doin’ nothing at all” last year, in their Melodifestivalen.

That tune is basically the only one that caught my attention. Everything else is rather…below average. Sadly. Even from those snippets. Sometimes, a little bit of a song is enough to “catch the feeling”. So, no feelings from Norway this year.

Lars
Lars
5 years ago

A Monster Like Me is the only one who struck me as interesting ! 🙂

John
John
5 years ago

I love Bettan and I’m interested to hear the full song. MGP never disappoints me and the live orchestra is something that I am very much looking forward too.

JESCGermany15
JESCGermany15
5 years ago

I really like MGP in Norway! My favourite national selection with Sweden and Denmark! My favourites are ‘We don’t worry’, ‘Next to you’ and ‘Human beings’! They sound really modern and they will sing by good voices. I want to hear ‘Thunderstruck’ complete because it sounds a little bit like all ESC Songs in the 2000s but on the otherside it could be interesting to hear the complete song! So I hope one of them will win MGP! The rest is not my music style!

D
D
5 years ago

Don’t know why everyone’s complaining considering this is probably my favourite national selection of the season so far. My absolute favourite would have to be “Human Beings”, but I also really like “Cinderella”, “We Don’t Worry”, “Next to You”, and “A Monster Like Me”. If Staysman & Lazz win I will lose faith in the Norwegian people completely.

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

I think only Human Being and A Monster Like Me have any chance of doing well at eurovision, most of the other songs seem so generic and something we’ve all heard before, especially Thunderstruck, he seems like he’s just a Tooji wannabe who is just an Eric Saade wannabe, and if Eric Saade wins Melodifestivalen again than he would definitely outshine Erland

I agree with everyone else that said Estonia has probably the best song so far (Goodbye to Yesterday), though Malta is still one of my favorites

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

Karin Park’s songwriting partner is Guy Chambers, best known for his many and successful collaborations with Robbie Williams.

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Did I missed something previously or they were supposed to be 10 entries, not 11? Who sneaked through?

Erin
Erin
5 years ago

I like how they shortened Elizabeth Andraessen into ‘BETTAN’…at least she probably owns the longest name and surname that has ever won Eurovision.
I can’t really talk about any favorites from a 15 second snippet (which is downright ridiculous), but I would really love to see a mature couple making it to Vienna…it would also be another record breaking moment, as Elizabeth first performed in 1982, which means she could make it all over again 33 years later – something we haven’t seen before, although attempted by Vicky Leandros in 2006, 39 years after her 1967 ESC debut.

Melissa J
5 years ago

Besides Karin Park, I don’t recognize any of the other artists. I will miss the semi finals this year, as I thought they were very classy and well done last year (having them in a real theater was super cool). MGP is my favorite NF, but it’s also the most variable, having bad years as often as good years. 2013 and 2014 were pretty good, so I hope this year is good too.

the truth
the truth
5 years ago

Sweet! Karin Park FTW!

Me...Lucy
5 years ago

I only like Thunderstruck,the rest is disastrous. I’m so disappointed with Norway this year. 🙁

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
5 years ago

A duo consisting of the act who got 2nd place in their host country one year and the act who scored 0 points the following year…very interesting!

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Dear Swedish composers, would you be able to have a break sometimes? LOL.

Timselvision
Timselvision
5 years ago

Kinda disappointed with Norway who was twice in my top 5 in a row xD Maybe the full versions will be better, but I’m not blown away. Only A Monster Like Me and Ta meg tilbake sounded really promising to me, but won’t be high om my top I’m afraid xD

Nope, Goodbye to Yesterday is still the best ESC2015 related song so far.

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

At the moment only Estonia (Elina Born & Stig Rasta) and Hungary (Kati Wolf) have good songs. The others are absolute outsiders.

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

Wait – “Fryngies” Karin Park? “I Feed You My Love” Karin Park? I do hope that she wins.

Ali Nella Houd
Ali Nella Houd
5 years ago

I like the idea of making the NMGP more like cricket: once ten are out, the innings is over.

PP
PP
5 years ago

Because we have live orchestra after so many years, i think better chance to win at MGP have slower songs, no modern songs.

PP
PP
5 years ago

After listen all snippets, I think that Norway won t be a winner of Eurovision 2015. In past years we had to recognized good song who had good chance to got good result at Eurovision , after this year snippets i don t think so, maybe Norway stay in semifinal after good result in 2013, 2014. If Norway choose good looking Erlend Bratland with “Thunderstruck”, I think that we may reprise of Toji in 2012, for me Toji sound much better at MGP than Eurovision, and he was one of my favorite on MGP 2012. After listen snippets my TOP… Read more »

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
5 years ago

Oh look Elisabeth Andreassen is back… for like the billionth time!

ZoboCamel
ZoboCamel
5 years ago

Agreed on those three songs, @martin. ‘Thunderstruck’ in particular seems like a likely Eurovision Top 10 or possible Top 5, and I’m expecting the full version to be as catchy as the snipper considering that Joy and Linnea Deb are behind it.

martin
martin
5 years ago

‘A Monster Like Me’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Thunderstruck’ sound the most promising.

‘Louder’ is waaay too autotuned