Whilst their Scandinavian neighbours have been busy preparing for their national finals, it’s been relatively quiet from Norway. That changed this morning, as we now know the ten acts competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2017 on March 11. Amongst the acts is Åge Sten Nilsen, former lead singer of Wig Wam.
The acts were revealed in a very high energy press conference by the MGP hosts, Line Elvsåshagen and Kåre Magnus Bergh. Snippets of each act are available this morning and we’ll be able to hear all ten in full next week, on February 15.
Check out all the acts below, along with a little bit more information on each of them and their song. If you click on the song title, you can hear a 15 second snippet on the NRK website:
Melodi Grand Prix 2017 — Competing Acts
1. Ammunition — “Wrecking Crew“
Ammunition are a glam rock band, in the vein of Norway’s 2005 act, Wig Wam. The lead singer is Åge Sten Nilsen — who happens to have been the lead singer of Wig Wam.
2. Ulrikke — “Places“
Ulrikke has experience in a number of contests, having performed on both Idol and The Voice in Norway. “Places” was written by Ulrikke alongside fellow Idol alumni, Tony Skjevik.
3. Amina Sewali — “Mestervek“
Amina is a star of stage, having performer and contributed to a number of productions including an adaptation The Merchant of Venice. “Mestervek” (which means “Masterpeice”) was written entirely by Amina.
4. JOWST — “Grab the Moment“
JOWST is the stage name of Joakim With Steen, a music producer and sound engineer. He’s teaming up with vocalist Aleksander Walmann, a former The Voice finalist, for their MGP entry “Grab the Moment”.
5. Kristian Valen — “You and I“
Kristian has had a massively varied career. His former roles include being a radio presenter and a very successful stand-up career. He transferred those skills in to a music career in 2004, but this is his first appearance at Melodi Grand Prix.
6. Elin & The Woods — “First Step in Faith / Oadjebasvuhtii“
“First Step in Faith / Oadjebasvuhtii” will be performed in the Sami language. Lead singer Elin Kaven has had three successful albums with her genre of “Arctic Folk Pop”. The Woods, meanwhile, is producer Robin Lynch, who wrote Margaret Berger’s “I Feed You My Love”.
7. Jenny Augusta — “I Go Where You Go“
Jenny hit the charts in 2015 with her song “Drit og dra”, or “Fuck and Drag” as it’s translated. Whilst she has a classical background, “I Go Where You Go” has a much more ethereal folk sound.
8. Ella — “Mamma Boy“
Ella took to the stage at the Oslo Spektrum for Eurovision 2010…as part of the warm-up act, that is. Ella now wants to head to Kyiv to take to the stage live. She “begged” her management to submit “Mamma Boy” to MGP after hearing the song.
9. Rune Rudberg Band — “Run Run Away“
Rune Rudberg has had a storied career, having performed over 5,000 concerts. His latest album, “Tro”, went straight to number one in Norway. He previously attempted to represent Norway in 1989 and 2001, but was not selected. Will it be third time lucky, 16 years on?
10. In Fusion — “Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over“
Three piece girl band In Fusion bring together a number of different styles of music, hence the name. Miriam was a lead singer in a rock band, Nina is a singer-songwrtier and Saima was part of former MGP 2012 group, Irresistible.
What do you think of Norway’s selection? Is there an act you think will be able to bring them back to the final? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!