stella & alexandra, alexander rybak

Hei Norge! Melodi Grand Prix 2018 takes place next Saturday, where ten acts will take to the stage and battle it out to become Norway’s act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. And now with less than two weeks to go, Norwegian broadcaster NRK has unveiled the Melodi Grand Prix 2018 running order.

Stella & Alexandra kick things off with their upbeat entry “You Got Me”. The dynamic duo are followed by MGP 2017 winner Aleksander Walman, who sings “Talk to the Hand” in second, and next is fan favourite Ida Maria, who sings her quirky track “Scandilove” in third.

NICOLINE flares up in fourth, Tom Hugo is on fifth and Charla K maintains the momentum as we move into the second half of the show. Seventh is Alejandro Fuentes with his Latin track “Tengo Otra”, Norwegian streaming star Vidar Villa is eighth and newcomer Rebecca gets the penultimate slot to sing her track “Who We Are”.

Closing the show is Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak. He’s pinned his hopes on winning the competition on his song “That’s How You Write a Song”.

MELODI GRAND PRIX 2018 RUNNING ORDER

  1. Stella & Alexandra – “You Got Me”
  2. Aleksander Walmann – “Talk to the Hand”
  3. Ida Maria – ‘Scandilove”
  4. NICOLINE – “Light Me Up”
  5. Tom Hugo – “I Like I Like I Like”
  6. Charla K – “Stop the Music”
  7. Alejandro Fuentes – “Tengo Otra”
  8. Vidar Villa – “Moren din”
  9. Rebecca – “Who We Are”
  10. Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”

The running order has been designed to give each song its moment to shine but is also likely to have been influenced to ensure the producers’ favourite acts perform well on the night.

How much the running order matters in Norway is unclear – last year’s gold finalists performed first, fourth, eighth and ninth so it may be less important than in other countries.

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will air live on NRK from 20:55 CET on March 10.

Last year JOWST won the show with 36% of votes cast in the Gold Final. At Eurovision, they managed to qualify from their semi-final after Agnete failed to advance in 2016. JOWST also took Norway to the top ten, finishing in tenth place and winning a haul of 158 points. NRK will be hoping to build on that success this year.

What do you make of the running order? Who do you want to win? Who do you think producers want to win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Melodia
Melodia
3 years ago

The whole Spektrum will sing along when Alexander Rybak performs his song for the third time that evening, as the winner 🙂

Jorunn
Jorunn
3 years ago

I do hope Alexander Rybak will win,he has a very catchy song and he is a great live artist.So go Alex ?

LILLIAN LLEWELLYN
LILLIAN LLEWELLYN
3 years ago

So, so, SO happy they’re saving the best for last #RyBAKForMore

eurovision6
eurovision6
3 years ago

Rebecca will win since she is ninth and her song is the best, wouldnt mind Ida Maria though.

Bruno B
Bruno B
3 years ago

Please Norway send Aleksander or Scandilove <3

Ffs
Ffs
3 years ago

Hope Rybak doesn’t win. What a tit

Sage Anderson
Sage Anderson
3 years ago

I hope Alexander doesn’t win tbh

Because the chances of him doing as well in eurovision as he did the last time he entered are extremely low…even if he makes the final, he probably won’t win it

imo, after as big of a win as he’s had, he should leave eurovision be. Keep his high reputation while he still has it.

Because if Alexander enters eurovision this year and ends up somehow not in the top 10 or possibly not even qualifying, …that would ruin him a bit tbh….

It’s best he not represent Norway a second time.

Matthew
Matthew
3 years ago

For some reason I got most of this correct. I predicted that Stella & Alexandra would open and that Alexander Rybak would close. I also predicted that Rebecca would perform 9th and Charla K would perform 6th. Everyone else is kinda out of line.

My Predicted Running Order
1 Stella & Alexandra
2 Tom Hugo
3 Nicoline
4 Alexander Walman
5 Alejandro Fuentes
6 Charla K
7 Vidar Villa
8 Ida Maria
9 Rebecca
10 Alexander Rybak

Rebecca’s my personal winner

Morenia
Morenia
3 years ago

If I would be a winner I would be ashamed to be back with such a weak song (see Dana International in 2011 or Helena Paparizou in Melodiefestivalen). So, I hope Norway will be wise and will not pick Rybak’s song…

Roxy
Roxy
3 years ago
Reply to  Morenia

My feelings exactly. It’s fremdschaemen from head to toe for me. He shouldn’t have broken the spell that he has cast with Fairytale.

West
West
3 years ago

My personal top 3:
1. Charla K / Stop the music
2. Aleksander Walmann / Talk to the hand
3. Alexander Rybak / That’s how you write a song

Rayne
Rayne
3 years ago

Rybak will win it. That’s such a fun song, love it.

FaceAintListening
FaceAintListening
3 years ago

ChooseTalk To The Hand, hands down, it’s the best song.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago

I definitely think Who we are is a cut above the rest.

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
3 years ago

I like Alejandro Fuentes’s song the best,

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
3 years ago

I don’t think they want Scandilove to win because of the suggestive lyrics…

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Why would that be a problem? Czechia has VERY suggestive lyrics and currently are doing very well at the polls, You Tube lists and with the bookies. Scandilove would be a very original song to send in a year full of serious, deep songs.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Alex Rybak has the worst song.

poison
poison
3 years ago

But can we watch it online anywhere? Where? That’s what we really want to know!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago
Reply to  poison

Yes. Links to the shows are usually revealed by esctoday or other websites at the start of the same day that the show is broadcast.
Google: esctoday

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  poison

You can download the NRK app on playstore / apple store and watch it there.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

Strong, strong lineup. Excited!
Hopefully Rybak can do it but if not, there are some other great choices.

HJ
HJ
3 years ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Its a lovely song from Alex Rybak.
First i didn,t like it, but i,ve listened a couple of times and now i love it.
It,s a positive and happy song.

Greetings from Holland

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago
Reply to  HJ

I like the positive message and again, it would bring some diversity to the final. I know his staging is going to be fantastic and we need some more of that this year.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

But I also really love You Got Me.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Haven’t heard all the songs but Rybak’s song has been stuck in my head for a long time. I think he’d have a decent shot at the final, if not the trophy. I’m mostly just glad to have him around.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 years ago

Oh, I hope the pimp spot isn’t as much of a curse for Alex Rybak as it was for Loreen in the rounds of last year’s MF, coupled by the fact that they both had blowout ESC wins with huge scores.

AzeriChico
AzeriChico
3 years ago

My favourite is Rybak in this national final. But I also like Aleksander Walmann’s song.

John Moynahan
John Moynahan
3 years ago

Hoping for Scandilove but a special shout out for Moren Din ( love the Norwegian language in this and the video is a hoot)….
Very disappointed in Alexander (talk to the hand……who has said that for the last 10 years?) And Alexander Rybak….sounds more like Love love peace peace (is this a serious attempt or a parody?)
Overall, I enjoy this national final and wish Norway the best of luck!!

Maya G
Maya G
3 years ago

Charla K for the win please

Ana
Ana
3 years ago

My personal ranking 😀
1./2. You Got Me
2./1. Scandilove
3. That’s How You Write a Song (mostly because of my fondness for Alex Rybak)
4. Stop the Music
5. Talk To the Hand
6. Moren Din
7. Tengo Otra
8. Who We Are
9. I Like I Like I Like
10. Light Me Up

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

All looks good, except for Aleksander Walmann being in the “death slot”.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yeah this is annoying. Makes the song more of a transition track than anything else. Maybe that’s how the producers feel about the song though. Oh well, if Koit Toome & Laura and Pasha Parfeny can win their national finals from 2nd slot there’s no reason Walmann can’t…

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Very true.

escJack UK
escJack UK
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Didn’t Alekseev win in 2nd position in Belarus NF?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago
Reply to  escJack UK

Did he? I didn’t watch that National Final, so I don’t know.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yes he did! I didn’t realize.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

From second spot:

– Forever, Verona, Yodel It, Lautar all won their NFs.

– Sudden Lights got a second place in Supernova.

– Nathan Trent qualified in ESC GF last year.

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
3 years ago
Reply to  Colin

^^And Micha? Szpak too.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Should I call it the “winning slot” then? 😀

Janro
Janro
3 years ago

I personally want Charla K to win but I wouldn’t be upset if either of the Alex’s win. Rebecca is okay too I guess… I wouldn’t be happy be happy with any of the others though.

Esti
Esti
3 years ago

Plz choose alejandro fuentes!!!

Esc
Esc
3 years ago

Only one option stand out form me: Rebecca

Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

Scandilove better come thru. Is William in the jury again this year?

ts
ts
3 years ago

Judging by the fact that he has not taken part in the wiwi jury and that no MGP reaction video has been uploaded, I would say so…

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 years ago

Also the showproducers obviously don’t want ida maria to do well. Putting her after the happy uptempo song from alexander and after the happy opening song is obviously not a good way for her to shine. It just shows hich acts are the producers favorites.

Ari
Ari
3 years ago

How fitting, NRK probably want Rebecca and Alex to battle it out. I like Mr Rybak, he can be fun at times, but I do feel like he should not have believed in that particular song.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 years ago

My hopes are set on scandilove and stella & alexandra. “Who we are” is very 2010 and the standard scandiballad kind if thing (e.g. denmark 2016) and alexander rybak would simply be dramatic…