Four acts graced the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 stage in Fornebu during the first semi-final of Norway’s Eurovision selection. And in the end it was Raylee who — like a gorgeous tigress in the Norwegian bush — managed to stalk her way to the final in Trondheim with “Wild”.
Her upbeat performance came with fierce choreography and stunning LEDs. In the opening shot she stood before a red backdrop with a bright yellow sun and seemed to be emerging from the African savannah. She soon prowled her way to centre stage, whipping her Slavko-esque pony tail before dipping it low. Nodding to Eleni and Tamta and Bella Santiago before her, she unleashed major heat while making our bodies move. This is a hit and we can still feel the vibrations.
Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2020 Results
Tonight’s semi-final was the first out of five. It focused on artists whose origins lie in Southern Norway.
It saw Lisa Børud, Raylee, Geirmund and Kim Rysstad battle for a final spot, while automatic qualifier Sondrey showcased “Take My Time” for the first time.
In each semi-final, only one act can qualify for the MGP 2020 final. In the coming weeks, twenty artists will sing for five tickets to the grand final, where they will meet five automatic qualifiers.
To earn that ticket for the final, each of the semi-finalists has to battle another semi-finalist first. The two winners of the battles proceed to the “Gullduel” (“Golden duel”), and the winner wins the right perform in Trondheim during the Melodi Grand Prix final. Unlike previous years, the winner is determined by online voting through the Norwegian broadcaster’s website.
During the show, NRK revealed that some people were saying they were experiencing problems with logging in to the NRK portal in order to vote. However, editorial boss Eirik Ingstad emphasized that the result would still be fair and square.
MGP 2020 Semi-final one duels
First duel: Geirmund vs Lisa Børud
The first duel of the night was Geirmund against Lisa Børud. Lisa Børud emerged on top.
Geirmund with “Come Alive” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Lisa Børud with “Talking About Us” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Second duel: Kim Rysstad vs Raylee
In the evening’s second duel, we saw Kim Rysstad battle it out with Raylee. Raylee went on to the next round.
Kim Rysstad with “Rainbow” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Raylee with “Wild” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Gullduel: Lisa Børud vs Raylee
Having both won their respective duels earlier that night, Lisa Børud and Raylee proceeded to the Gullduel. There could only be one winner, and tonight that was Raylee. We’ll see her again at the grand final.
Sondrey “Take My Time” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
The first of five pre-qualified acts also performed — Sondrey with “Take My Time”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 semi-final one scoreboard
1. Raylee with “Wild” – advanced to the final
2. Lisa Børud with “Wild” – eliminated
3/4. Geirmund with “Come Alive” – eliminated
3/4. Kim Rysstad with “Rainbow” – eliminated
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Picture credit: NRK