Tonight in Oslo, ten acts battled it out in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2016. The eclectic line-up included an ode to a Russian spacedog, some Scandinavian flavoured calypso and a smattering of ballads. But in the end it was Agnete who emerged victorious with “Icebreaker”. She will go on to sing at Eurovision 2016 in May.

Melodi Grand Prix Winner – Agnete “Icebreaker”

https://youtu.be/ApJ5PHHNI7s

Agnete reacts after winning

MELODI GRAND PRIX 2016 RESULTS

Gold Finalists

Tonight’s result was determined by 100% televote. After all ten acts performed, six were eliminated with the remaining four entering the Gold Final. The final results were then revealed on a region-by-region basis.

  1. Agnete – “Icebreaker”
  2. Freddy Kalas – “Feel Da Rush”
  3. Suite 16 – “Anna Lee”
  4. Laila Samuels – “Afterglow”

Agnete Interview before the MGP final

Freddy Kalas Interview

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NRK MGP Jury 1

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SornorgeNRK MGP JURY 3

VestnorgeNRK MGP JURY 4

OstnorgeNRK MGP JURY 5

The rest

The following six acts were knocked out after the first stage of voting.

  • The Hungry Hearts feat. Lisa Dillan – “Laika”
  • Makeda – “Stand Up”
  • Elouiz – “History”
  • Stine Hole Ulla – “Traces”
  • Stage Dolls – “Into The Fire”
  • Pegasus – “Anyway”

The winner!! @aggibaggi #nrkmgp ????

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Do you think that Norway can make it to the final once more? Let us know in the comments below.

Agnete’s Winner’s Encore

Agnete’s win: Our first reaction

NRK MGP 2016: Our pre-show top three

READ ALL OUR NORWAY EUROVISION 2016 NEWS.

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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

No complaints from me. Agnete was my #2 all week and during the show. Here is how I graded the performances: Laila 9.325 (9.362 in the Final 4), Agnete 9.313 (9.300), Stine 9.238, Pegasus 9.238, Stage Dolls 9.200, Elouiz 9.125, Suite 16 9.075 (9.000), Hungry Hearts/Lisa Dillan 8.975, Freddy Kalas 8.988 (8.963), Makeda 8.813. How old is Laila? Could it be that she sounded like a rocker singing an orchestral ballad the way a rocker probably would? Or was it that she kept leaning toward her left as she sang the chorus? Or did the song remind too many people… Read more »

Omar - Mexico
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Omar - Mexico

The first part of the song sounds exactly like Euphoria.

fikri
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fikri

agnete, instead of the flawless queen laila samuels… what the heck is wrong with you norwegians ❓ ❗

fikri
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fikri

agnete, instead of the flawless queen laila samuels… what the heck is wrong with you norwegians:?::!:

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

So, the serie of great songs from Norway at Eurovision end after 3 years of very good music. The final is all they can want after this choice, and it won’t be easy.

MGR
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MGR

Norwegians just voted against Freddy Kalas for Agnete, and that’s all about yesterday’s event in Norway.

beccaboo1212
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That’s a great idea! 🙂

Katy
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Katy

The songs just sounds sounds like I’ve heard it before, so unoriginal.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

I think this an awesome song and, so far, my favorite. I like the song’s power and Agnete’s understated sexiness. Great job, Norway!

mathESC
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mathESC

I fall in love with that song… my favorite so far!
That’s a dancing song, and I love when rhythm is changing at refrain.
My top 10 so far :
1. NORWAY
2. UNITED KINGDOM
3. HUNGARY
4. CYPRUS
5. ICELAND
6. FINLAND
7. IRELAND
8. ITALY
9. SWITZERLAND
10. AUSTRIA

From France !

Freyah
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Freyah

It’s good but the transition from Verse to Chorus is a mess.

Faa
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Faa

Nope Emily… The next Eurovision winner is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESpmNbYgD8g

speechless
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speechless

0 points to norway!! really disappointing… Laila was the best!!! this song and voice is epic.

Bruno B @ Geeky Explorer
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Love everything but the chorus. It seems a totally different song!

Yudhistira Mahasena
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Am I the only one hearing the chorus of “Icebreaker” sounds much like “Chandelier”?

BTW, my winner this year!

Netherlandish
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Netherlandish

After yesterday’s poor choices from diffrent countries Icebreaker is the only worthy winner of Saturday’s finals.

Oostenrijk
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Oostenrijk

This Eurovision is already the worst since 2002. I am extremely underwhelmed by the mediocrity and pretentiousness of all songs

Sal
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Sal

It starts well but then loses it for me. Sad, Norway have been high in my top 10 for the last 3 years! Margaret Berger, Karl Espen and Kjetil and Deborah were all original and amazing!

Bb
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Bb

Laila ruined her chances with a performance that destroyed any kind of magic in “Afterglow”. She needed her voice to build as it does in studio version, and she needed to move slowly and mysteriously. What she gave us instead was the energy of a boxer reading to knockout her opponent — it didn’t work and left the whole thing feeling flat. “Icebreaker” is a deserving winner in the worst MGP lineup of the recent years. Still, I find it astounding that she absolutely crushed the other three finalists by getting an even higher percentage than Margaret Berger, whom she… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
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Was something meant to be happening when she was walking down the stairs? That was a real dead patch. I was thinking maybe the dancer’s light didn’t come on. Oh well – they’ll surely sort out something.

Nico
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Nico

Norway not that original and bold is in the past 3 years, therefore not in my top 5:
1. Germany
2. Austria
3. Cyprus
4. Hungary
5. Iceland

Leaf
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Leaf

I like it, seems very professionally done.
She performed very well, and the song is good.

Ronnie
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Ronnie

This really reminds me of Norway 2013. It’s a perfectly fine entry but definitely can’t see this win.

Charles
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Charles

The idea behind making Eurovision is not to recycle and recreate songs we already know either from within the ESC bubble or the music industry outside, but I really have to agree on this one – Euphoria paired with any big voiced Sia pop ballad is just not only unoriginal but also very pretentious … the lack of originality here is what makes this song sound so average and uninspiring til it hurts. This is not way to solidifie Eurovision’s music credibility and in a complete shame and embarrassment when compared with the ORIGINAL compositions “Monster Like Me” or “Silent… Read more »

esclidia
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esclidia

I think the winner is good! Also, I hope you like the Moldovan entry “Falling Stars”.. If not, maybe the official video will make you like it 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGI1q93omVs

Thales
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Thales

As some people already said, the performance reminds Sia’s one in the X Factor.
Also, the beggining of the song (and some other verses) reminds Euphoria.
But it is still a good song, and the vocals are on point.
Good choice, Norway.
After that awesome performance and song in 2013, Norway is becoming one of my favorite countries in Eurovision. 🙂

E.Scott
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E.Scott

Last year norway was my favourite. This year they may lag at the bottom of my list. There are good aspects which i see appealing to a lot of people but i thing they are a little generic ( but things become generic because they work so not condemning ice breaker for that). The thing that gets me is that it is like two seperate songs clumsily thrown together and stitched up with an awkward tempo change. It just doesnt sit right with me.

Steven Keenan
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Steven Keenan

The verses are pretty good but it’s lost at the chorus. Just doesn’t flow smoothly. I’ll probably have it ranked higher than their last two…

Héctor
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Héctor

Like someone I read in youtube says: “Euphoria is gonna swing from the chandelier”, this song sound like two different ones poorly linked. Also the performance with the dancer inside of the box reminds me to one from Sia in X Factor. So this song is just a pretentious copy&paste.

Never forget
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Never forget

Gabriel write this song like Moldova 2016, Russia 2013 and 2015 .

Never forget
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Never forget

TOP 10 of 22
1.Ukraine
2.Norway
3.Spain
4.Germany
5.Hungary
6.Belgium
7.Cyprsu
8.Denmark
9.Belarus
10.Georgia

17.Slovenia
18.Italy
19.Albania
20.Malta
21.Ireland
22.United Kingdom

mad-professor
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mad-professor

So the verses sound like Euphoria, and the choruses sound like a completely different (and less interesting) song? It’s not bad, but it’s nowhere near A Monster Like Me. Can Norway not just send Morland & Debrah again?

Charles
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Charles

Average, generic, lame … even Finland’s Blazing Fire sounds way better than this and both shared the same tempo-change from verse to chorus … But this is so ordinary and so uninspiring. It feels like nobody even bothered to insert some soul and quality into the entries in general and I guess the spin the bottle ended up going to Agnete because … just because … Norway presented 3 remarkable entries with quality and credibility from 2013-2015 … 2016’s entry is a shame. It’s all going back into trying too hard to sound like a current pop song on the… Read more »

Bastian
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Bastian

Its a good choice, there wasnt anything else that was better imo.

AndersP
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AndersP

What is going on with the songs chosen tonight they’re either horribly sung or just plain weird. They’re all terrible. This is not going to be a vintage year. Maybe the UK has a chance after all.

WTF
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WTF

I guess that great 2013-15 streak had to come to an end at some point… It’s not like Norway had too much of a choice here though, really weak selection compared to last year’s, but this is just your average pop entry, nothing out of the ordinary…

AM Casablancas
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AM Casablancas

My current top 10

10. Albania
9. Finland
8. Germany
7. Iceland
6. Austria
5. Bosnia & Herzegovina
4. Spain
3. Cyprus
2. Latvia (srsly does anyone think Justs won’t win?, It’s even safer to say that he’ll go than to say that the songs from Malta and Italy would be the ones you think)
1. Ukraine

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

The best song won and it was better than last year’s.
Everyone should be happy in Norway.

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Didn’t have much interest in the Norwegian final. I liked Laika (as a guilty pleasure) but knew it would not win. Kinda surprised Afterglow didn’t do as well in the final vote.

oli
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oli

boooring and lame

Colin
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Colin

@Mark Dowd

I agree, Monster Like Me is a masterpiece over everything chosen so far. My favorite so far is Hear Them Calling, also a great song though. And we do have 21 countries left to unveil their entries, so the best one might be there. (As well as the worst one, since Belarus, the worst one so far is also far behind some capital stinkers of some of the past years.)

ChrisMo
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ChrisMo

How could they ignore Laila. A really bad choice. I am not used in average songs from Norway . . .

Alex
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Alex

Everyone, those are tempo changes, not key changes. The key is a consistent F sharp minor throughout the song.

Bart
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Bart

The song is not bad but the composition of this song is awkward. The song builds up well but then all of a sudden it switches to a slower tempo. The part where the song transitions from verse to chorus makes me uncomfortable. Hopefully it’ll grow on me.

ESC freak ESC
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ESC freak ESC

my heart is refusing me 2.0…

Denis
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Denis

Norway has had better, but this isn’t bad. I like that it doesn’t go the way you expect it to go, and if you stick with it til the end the chorus is powerful and catchy. Plus she can belt it out, that was a killer performance.
From a rather weak selection we have got a song that could surprise. With that performance in Stockholm she could go all the way to top 5.
Grattis Norge, bra val

Ethan1994
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Ethan1994

SOOO HAPPY!!! 😀 This was my favourite from the beginning, since they unveiled them all. I know so many people on the ESC fan-sites, usually people from outside of Norway, are thrown off by the tempo-change. But myself, and so many others I know here in Norway actually like the tempo-change and feel that it works to the songs advantage, and that it suits the lyrics very well. I was also surprised that it helps it even more in a live setting! And I’m not gonna lie, when they read out the results from Northern Norway (NordNorge), my jaw dropped… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Well, Norway and Hungary did well tonight. Icebreaker is a song I like a lot. Currently my 9’th out of 22. She sings well, lyrics are good and the whole performance keeps that frosty feeling this needs. My only tiny concern is the obvious key change between the verses and the chorus. While I like both, the moment they collide is bit shaky. But after Finnish final, I am very happy for Norway.

Mark Dowd
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Mark Dowd

Homer..

“Monster Like Me” ….was heaps better than anything that has been chosen so far in 2016….with better staging and presentation it would easily have been in the top three…..

PP
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PP

Mar

I agree with you for her vocal. In part of song when she sing live solo she don t sound good, in rest of song sound super, because of prerecorder vocals ( in Norway is alow to put singer voice for pre recorderer backing vocals). I think Norway wili have problem when female backvocals must sing live .