On Saturday Raylee went wild during the opening show of Melodi Grand Prix 2020, ultimately booking her spot in the February 15 final. And on Monday Norwegian broadcaster NRK revealed the four acts that will all be hoping to follow in her footsteps during Semi-Final 2. They are: Anna Jæger, Kim Wigaard and Maria Mohn, Rein Alexander, Tore Petterson.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 – Semi-Final Two Acts (Eastern Norway)
Anna Jæger – “How About Mars”
Lyrics and music by: Roel Rats, Synne Vorkinn, Chris Wortley and Sindre T. Jenssen
Twenty-six-year-old Anna grew up in Canada and the United States, where she’s played in rock bands. She’s performed at small clubs and bars in Virginia and Washington D.C. She describes her music as “electro-pop rock”. Speaking of her competing entry, she told NRK: “I’m a kind of alien who wants to take you to my planet Mars.”
Kim Wigaard and Maria Mohn – “Fool for Love”
Lyrics and music by: Torbjørn Raae, Arve Furset, Kim Wigaard Johansen og Maria Mohn
Kim, 31, and Maria, 36, come from Fredrikstad where they are both vocal coaches. He’s worked at home and abroad across musicals, operas and cabaret and has even sung with the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. You may recognise him as a semi-finalist on Norwegian Idol, a member of the Top 40 on The Voice and a judge on the Norwegian edition of All Together Now.
She’s a “singer, songwriter, pianist, humorist and actor” and has sung in the esteemed vocal group PUST, the Norwegian Soloist Choir and with various big bands and orchestras. She’s participated in shows like Idol, Popstokk, Sommeråpent and Beat for Beat. Since 2012 she’s been one-half of a musical humor duo alongside Henning Stranden.
Rein Alexander – “One Last Time”
Lyrics and music by: Erik Småland, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke og Rein Alexander
Rein, 48, has lived in the United States, Iceland, the UK, Italy and Sweden — both as a student and professional. In 2003 he won the Norwegian programme Kjempesjansen. (Another famous winner of the show? Alexander Rybak who topped the 2006 edition). Rein’s song seems to be about perseverance. He says: “Everything is tough and heavy, but it is also worth it, and you find joy in it. Challenges are a good thing. It is important to get up when you have fallen.”
Tore Petterson – “The Start of Something New”
Lyrics and music by: Tore Petterson og Knut Bjørnar Asphol
Born in Drammen, Tore, 40, is known from the NRK series “Sofa” and “Farmen”, and is also a judge on TV 2’s “Shall We Dance”. He’s also part of the comedy duo “Adam and Tore”. “The message behind the song is that it’s never too late with a new beginning,” he says. “Never stop dreaming or working for your dreams.”
MGP 2020: The 5 Pre-qualified artists
Five artists have been pre-selected for the final in Trondheim on February 15. They are Tone Damli, Ulrikke Brandstorp, Akuvi, Didrik & Emil and Sondrey.
The five acts were selected by an internal jury — the usual method for MGP. Each of the pre-qualified acts will perform their competing song at one of the five semi-finals, to ensure that Norwegian viewers are exposed to all the competing songs prior to the grand final on 15 February.
During the first semi-final Sondrey had the honour.
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