In 2005, they brought glam rock extravagance to Eurovision. Now Norwegian band Wig Wam have announced they will be reuniting to play a rock festival next summer. But it’s also got fans wondering if the band will be making a detour via Melodi Grand Prix 2020.
The band confirmed news of their reunion to the Norwegian newspaper VG. The band are reuniting to play at Tons of Rock, a rock and metal festival due to take place in June 2020.
Wig Wam last performed together in 2013, but suddenly broke up midway through a tour. However, the group’s flamboyant frontman Åge Sten Nilsen felt the call of spandex and mascara. He told the newspaper that his Wig Wam stage persona Glam “has applied to rent my body again.”
The band competed at Eurovision 2005, where they placed ninth in the grand final with their extravagant performance of “In My Dreams”.
Åge spoke about the pressures of touring that led to the band’s last split, taking its toll on both physical and mental health. But he is refreshed and ready to embrace the glam rock life once more.
The frontman revealed that “It’s nice to move on with Wig Wam and look back a little, both for us and the fans, and remember the good times. The band is an important chapter in our lives, he says.
The Melodi Grand Prix connection
Åge credits Melodi Grand Prix boss Stig Karlsen for getting the reunion going. The MGP connection has fans wondering if Wig Wam will also be one of the competing acts in Norway’s 2020 national final.
Åge last competed in Melodifestivalen 2017, as part of his other rock band Ammunition. Their loud and hearty song “Wrecking Crew” made it to the Gold Final where it narrowly lost to Jowst’s “Grab the Moment”.
There’s no word from broadcaster NRK of who the acts for MGP 2020 will be. But there will be plenty of room to add Wig Wam to the list.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of MGP, NRK has expanded the format. The show will involve five semi-finals, each based around acts from different regions of Norway. 25 acts will compete in the show with ten qualifying for the grand final, either through public vote or jury selection.
Stig Karlsen has said that MGP 2020 will focus on quality over quantity. He earlier told escNorge that “Some of the songs submitted are insanely good!”
The first weekly semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will take place on 11 January, and will run until the grand final on 15 February 2020.
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