The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has travelled to Norway to review the songs competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019. Ten years on from their last win, we are looking for the next Norwegian “Fairytale”. Today we look at a man with Eurovision experience — Mørland with “En livredd mann”. Has Mørland found the prince within or are we still terrified? Read on to find out.
Mørland — “En livredd mann”
“En livredd mann” reviews
Florian: This emotional cut stands out with its originality. With proper staging, it could do well, but this song heavily depends on a good stage presentation. His vocals can’t be faulted by any means. However, this isn’t as strong as “A Monster Like Me”. Still, this would make a good Eurovision entry.
Pablo: Let’s start with the obvious — this is a gorgeous song and Kjetil Mørland sounds amazing in Norwegian, no question. But, this has the same issue as Mikael Saari’s songs in UMK 2013 and 2016 — your first song was so raw, powerful and perfect, the following single that tries to emulate that feeling comes across as disengaging, with the magic being lost. Objectively amazing, but the ceiling may just be a bit too high for “En livredd mann” to conquer Norway’s hearts once again.
Luis: I have decided to stan. Mørland’s “En livredd mann” is a fantastic follow-up for “A Monster Like Me”. The song has an epic, musical theatre feel to it, but not in a cheesy way. This is “Hour of the Wolf” levels of drama and theatricality. The subtle instrumentation changes through the three minutes work well, and the Norwegian language fits perfectly with the mood of the entry. Norway, you have one job.
Renske: I am loving this song. What I loved about “A Monster Like Me” was its perfect combination with a full-string orchestra and now, Mørland is giving us orchestra again. Next to that, he shows us the beauty of his native language, as he wants to tell us a personal story. Everything falls together so majestically. It’s been way too long since we have heard Norwegian at Eurovision.
Steinunn: I‘m a big fan of Kjetil Mørland and this song does not change that. It‘s maybe not his biggest masterpiece but it‘s still really good. The song is dramatic and epic with just the right amount of theatrical elements to be engaging. The Norwegian lyrics also make it extra mysterious and the fact that it‘s the only one in the final gives it an edge. The only downfall is that the drama of the song takes a little too long to unfold.
Bernardo: I tried so hard to get behind this. I love Mørland’s voice. I love that he is keeping the song in Norwegian, since it gives it a mystical and traditional quality. The instrumentation is very good and that allows Mørland’s voice to shine. The audio track doesn’t bring anything new but I won’t dismiss the wonders this song may do live.
In our Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 9.