From more than 1200 submissions, only ten songs have made the cut. Norway‘s broadcaster NRK has now revealed the ten acts who will be competing in its national final Melodi Grand Prix 2019.
The acts were announced this afternoon by NRK in a special live-streamed press conference.
The line-up features Eurovision 2015 star Kjetil Mørland, this time as a solo artist. He also has a songwriting credit on another entry, as does Eurovision 2017 singer Aleksander Walmann.
American Idol star Chris Medina makes an appearance, as does previous Melodi Grand Prix acts Carina Dahl, Erlend Bratland and Tom Hugo. And spicing things up is the outrageous rocker Hank Von Hell.
The ten acts will compete at the grand final on Saturday 2 March, to see who will follow in Alexander Rybak’s footsteps to represent Norway at Eurovision 2019. The show will be hosted by Heidi Ruud Ellingsen and Kåre Magnus Bergh.
You can listen to all the songs on the NRK website, or in the Spotify playlist below.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 – competing acts
Adrian Jørgensen – “The bubble”
Written by: Jonas McDonnell, Aleksander Walmann and Kjetil Mørland.
Adrian has previously performed at MGP as a backing vocalist, but this is his first time as a solo artist. His song is co-written by two former Eurovision stars, Ktetil Mørland (2015) and Aleksander Walmann (2017).
Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Holla”
Written by: Ashley Hicklin, Jeroen Swinnen and Maria Broberg.
Anna-Lisa has Norwegian and Ghanan roots. She is a professional singer and voice over artist who recently performed in the musicals The Book of Mormon and Flashdance.
Carina Dahl – “Can’t Hold Me Down”
Written by: Ashley Hicklin, Jeroen Swinnen, Pele Loriano, Laurell Barker and Laura Groeseneken.
Carina Dahl returns to MGP after her 2013 entry “Sleepwalking”. Since then, she has appeared in a number of reality TV shows. Carina’s song is co-written by Eurovision 2018 star Sennek.
Chris Medina – “We Try”
Written by: Chris Medina, Jason Gill, Tormod Løkling and Julimar Santos.
American singer Chris got his start on American Idol in 2011, before moving to Norway. He recently competed on the show Århundrets stemme.
D’sound – “Mr. Unicorn”
Written by: Kim Ofstad, Jonny Sjo, Mirjam Omdal, Magnus Martinsen og Tormod Martinsen.
D’sound are a pop-jazz group who have been active since the 1990s. They previously made an apperance with Madcon as part of an interval act at Eurovision 2010.
Erlend Bratland – “Sing for you”
Written by: Erlend Bratland, Arvid Solvang and Nils Egil Brandsæter.
Erlend placed second at MGP 2015 with his song “Thunderstruck”. He got his start by winning the very first series of Norway’s Got Talent in 2008.
Hank Von Hell – “Fake it”
Written by: Hank von Hell and Andreas Werling.
Formerly known as Hank Von Helvete, the outrageous rocker got in start in the hard rock band Turbonegro. Now known as Han Von Hell, he previously competed at MGP 2013 in his civil persona Hank.
Ingrid Berg Mehus – “Feel”
Written by: Ingrid Berg Mehus, Bjørnar Hopland and Anthony Modebe.
Ingrid is known as a nightclub violinist, but recently she has been returning to her classical roots. Not surprisingly, Ingrid cites Alexander Rybak as an inspiration.
KEiiNO – “Spirit in the sky”
Written by: Tom Hugo, Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan, Henrik tala and Alex Olsson.
KEiiNO is a Norwegian-Sami collaboration between Got Talent star Fred Buljo, MGP 2018 star Alexandra Rotan, and MGP 2018 and Wiwi Jam star Tom Hugo.
Kjetil Mørland – “En livredd mann”
Written by: Kjetil Mørland
Mørland performed at Eurovision 2015 with Debrah Scarlett. Their song “A Monster Like Me” placed eighth.
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