Last Saturday KEiiNO took “Spirit In The Sky” to a higher level as they won Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix. The Sami-Norwegian group were the clear fan favourites beforehand, winning both our poll and topping our Wiwi Jury rankings.
Norway’s broadcaster NRK has now revealed that KEiiNO were indeed the televote favourite as the group gathered the majority of the votes in each round, leaving the other contestants well behind. Eventual runner-up Adrian Jørgensen did not came close, though he distanced himself from the pack behind him.
The most striking part of the results is perhaps the low number of votes for the third and fourth place acts, compared to the top two. It was a clear two-horse race between Adrian and KEiiNO. But it was also a contest with rather low voter turnout.
The low number of votes may not reflect a lack of enthusiasm for the songs, but rather the fact there were simply a lower number of viewers this year compared to other years. For the first time since 2014, the last year containing semi-finals, Melodi Grand Prix did not reach more than a million viewers.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Gullfinalen televoting results
KEiiNO – “Spirit In The Sky” – 98,324 votes
Adrian Jørgensen – “The Bubble” – 55,794 votes
D’Sound – “Mr. Unicorn” – 11,123 votes
Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Holla” – 6,718 votes
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Gullduellen televoting results
KEiiNO – “Spirit In The Sky” – 231,937
Adrian Jørgensen – “The Bubble” – 162,608
Monsters in the sky?
Though a clear winner in MGP, KEiiNO have not avoided controversy, as some fans compared the Eurovision-friendly sounding dance-pop song to Saara Aalto’s “Monsters”. KEiiNO member Tom Hugo told Aftenposten that he could understand why people pointed out similarities, but denied any form of plagiarism.
“The melody of both ‘Monsters’ and ours consists of four notes that are part of a minor chord. The rhythm and length of the notes are not alike, and these four notes are found in many other tunes.”
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Picture: JULIA MARIE NAGLESTAD / NRK