Way back on 15 January Norway revealed the ten acts competing in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix. And now, on the final weekend of national final season, it’s finally time for the Norwegian public to make their decision.
On 4 February, after listening to all of the songs, we asked you to start voting for your favourite to win. After counting 3,431 votes we can now reveal that you chose Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak and his entry “That’s How You Write A Song”. The Eurovision alum earned a total of 905 votes, or 26% of all votes cast.
It’s fair to say that Alexander’s return to MGP has been met with mixed reactions. The Wiwi Jury ranked him last out of all ten competing acts with an average score of 5.38. But a large chunk of our readers obviously feel differently and are loving his directions on how best to compose a song.
It’s important to note that at Eurovision it’s better to have people absolutely love your entry than only like it. While Alexander’s song could be termed ‘marmite’, those who love it are obviously willing to get out and vote for it — he won the poll by a clear margin of 285 votes. So if these poll results are anything to go by, Alexander and his violin could be in good stead to take the MGP crown this evening.
Coming in second place is Rebecca. She managed to earn 620 votes, or 18% of those cast. Her song “Who We Are” also has an MGP winner behind it in Kjetil Mørland (one half of Norway’s Eurovision 2015 entry). Could his winning luck rub off on Rebecca?
The Wiwi Jury favourite Aleksander Walmann could only manage third place with our readers. But with 604 votes, he’s still very close behind Rebecca. Aleksander will be hoping to win MGP for the second year in a row and take Norway back to the top ten in Lisbon with his song “Talk To The Hand”.
Ida Maria and her “Scandilove” come in fourth place with 416 votes (12%). Her fun uptempo number has earned her many fans and no doubt it will be an interesting one to watch tonight. Here’s hoping the nurse, doctor, diver, fireman and plumber get to make an appearance in the performance!
After that the field opens up a lot more, with no other act earning over 400 votes. Eurovision 2011 singer Stella and new companion Alexandra round out the top five though with 223 votes (6.5%).
Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – Poll Results
Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – Running Order
- Stella & Alexandra – “You Got Me”
- Aleksander Walmann – “Talk to the Hand”
- Ida Maria – ‘Scandilove”
- NICOLINE – “Light Me Up”
- Tom Hugo – “I Like I Like I Like”
- Charla K – “Stop the Music”
- Alejandro Fuentes – “Tengo Otra”
- Vidar Villa – “Moren din”
- Rebecca – “Who We Are”
- Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”
Melodi Grand Prix starts at 19:55 CET and you’ll be able to watch via the NRK 1 live stream here.
Do you think Alexander will in fact win MGP this evening? If not, who are you rooting for? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!