Yesterday we brought you the news that NRK has given the blessing to each of this year’s Melodi Grand Prix 2015 artists to release their entries. You will no doubt play the songs on loop on Spotify until the MGP final on March 14. Norway’s newspapers and online gossip sites have taken the opportunity to review each of the songs. So what has Norway been thinking?
The critics already have their favourites, but there isn’t unanimity on who should win #nrkmgp this year. The critics have focused purely on the songs they think the public will choose to represent Norway at Eurovision this year.
NRK P3‘s Mats Borch Bugge has already declared that both Ira Konstantinidis (We Don’t Worry) and Mørland & Debrah Scarlett (A Monster Like Me) will have their songs listed and played on P3’s radio station. According to Mats, A Monster Like Me has appeal for many people across the country and will be a hit regardless of the outcome of this year’s final, whilst We Don’t Worry has the advantage of Ira’s voice and catchiness.
Dagbladet doesn’t agree. Whilst they favour Jenny Langlo‘s Next To You, they have also knocked down any hope for Bettan & Tor‘s All Over The World and Staysman and Lazz‘s En Godt Stekt Pizza. They describe Langlo’s entry as dark, elegant and tantalising, and believe her experience on Norwegian Idol will boost her chances for a win.
The paper describes Staysman and Lazz’s ode to Italian fast food as a song comparable to a terrible hangover. Uff. Well, considering how much bouncing up and down we’ll be doing as they perform, alcohol might be the only thing to calm us down…
Verdens Gang has also gotten behind Ira Konstantinidis, as well as Alexandra Joner (Cinderella) – they’ve evaluated each of their songs as a potential winner in the final. Erlend Bratland (Thunderstruck), has, again, been compared to 2014’s winner Conchita Wurst (it appears to be a tradition at VG HQ) whilst Karin Park (Human Beings) is criticized for presenting a weaker song than the one she wrote for Margaret Berger in 2013.
They’ve given Alexandra and Ira the green light because of their modern appeal. Joner has had extensive experience as a dancer which could help with the performance on the night, and Ira’s song has been called a heartwarming feel-good entry which could potentially surprise us and win the whole shebang!
Aftenposten‘s Robert Hoftun Gjestad has also given his two cents on this year’s entries. He considers Karin Park’s song the best choice to represent Norway, though he suggests she may be passed up for Erland Bratland. This hasn’t stopped him, however, from giving critical reviews of the other entries. He says Alexandra’s entry ‘could have been sung on Ariana Grande’s latest album’, that we should forget about Contrazt’s chances with their song Heaven, that Ira smacks of Justin Bieber’s heyday, that Marie Klåpbakken’s Ta Meg Tilbake lacks international appear (most likely because it’s sung in Norwegian) and that Raylee’s vocals appear to be too weak to carry her song Louder.
He’s also given scathing criticism to duos Staysman & Lazz and Bettan & Tor. En Godt Stekt Pizza will only get the attention of party-going drunk students who have just finished school, whilst All Around The World would have been better placed as an entry in 1989, not in 2015. He seems all very direct about this…
Have the critics been fair? Which song is currently your favourite? Will you be ordering a pizza on the night of the final? Let us know in the comments below.
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Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen, NTB scanpix/ANB [cover photo], NRK