Ten acts battled it out in tonight’s Melodi Grand Prix 2019, all vying to represent Norway at Eurovision 2019. Following two rounds of voting, the winner was determined. Once the dust settled, KEiiNO was crowned the winner with “Spirit in the Sky”.
The first round of voting featured both ten international juries and the Norwegian televote. These were combined with equal weighting to determine the four songs that would progress to the superfinal, or gold final. They decided that Adrian Jørgensen, Anna-Lisa Kumoji, KEiiNO and D’Sound were the four best acts deserving of a place in the superfinal. Somewhat surprisingly, this left popular acts such as Chris Medina and Mørland behind at the first round of voting.
These four acts were subjected to another round of voting, which left Adrian Jørgensen and KEiiNO standing for the last round of voting. After the gold duel concluded, Norway decided that “Spirit in the Sky” would be their entry for Eurovision 2019.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 superfinalists
Adrian Jørgensen — “The Bubble”
In a simple yet intimate performance, Adrian captured the magic of “The Bubble”. The appearance of the female vocalist in the last minute of the song adds a layer of magic that didn’t come across until watching it live. He received top marks from three of the ten juries to book his place in the superfinal. Then, he beat out Anna-Lisa Kumoji to make it to the gold duel against KEiiNO.
Anna-Lisa Kumoji — “Holla”
Anna-Lisa Kumoji managed to deliver all the sass of “Holla” on stage, as we expected her to. The performance was loud and in your face, with an infectious rhythm. She received top marks from the Italian jury and squeezed through to the superfinal.
Heavy favourites KEiiNO looked to be in a precarious position. They didn’t receive any top marks from the juries until the last vote came in from Israel. However, this was enough to secure them a place in the superfinal, with the televote also being taken into consideration. They then edged past the jury favourite D’Sound to battle with Adrian in the gold duel. Their performance features interpretive dancers and a marching band — they threw everything together and it all worked.
D’Sound brought innovative staging that looked ready for Eurovision. The package was eye-catching and earned top marks from four of the ten juries. The group elevated their package on stage and it paid off, putting them firmly in the conversation. Unfortunately, they couldn’t match it with eventual winners KEiiNO in the second round of voting.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 running order
- Chris Medina — “We Try”
- D’Sound — “Mr. Unicorn”
- Mørland — “En livredd mann”
- Anna-Lisa Kumoji — “Holla”
- Erlend Bratland — “Sing for You”
- Ingrid Berg Mehus — “Feel”
- Hank von Hell — “Fake It”
- Carina Dahl — “Hold Me Down”
- Adrian Jørgensen — “The Bubble”
- KEiiNO — “Spirit in the Sky”
Viewers were also treated to performances from two Eurovision winners. Norway’s golden boy Alexander Rybak opened the show with “Fairytale” while Netta was on the scene to perform “Toy”.
Do you agree the result? How will KEiiNO fare at Eurovision? Are Norway in the running to win Eurovision 2019? Let us know in the comments below.