Four acts graced the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 stage during the third semi-final of Norway’s Eurovision selection. And in the end it was Kristin Husøy who won the ticket to Trondheim — which happens to be her hometown — with the song “Pray for Me”.
Following a stellar vocal performance prayers weren’t needed for this 18-year-old. She delivered just the right amount of sass and attitude as she sang about what happens when you know a relationship isn’t quite right, but stay in it anyway. It mixed soul with pop and a tinge of country, creating major atmosphere that showcased her talent and presence.
Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2020 Results
Tonight’s semi-final was the third out of five. It focused on artists whose origins lie in Central Norway.
It saw Alexandru, Kristin Husøy, Sie Gubba and Thomas Løseth battle for a final spot, while automatic qualifier Akuvi performed her upbeat entry “Som du er” 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.
MGP 2020 Semi-final three duels
First duel: Alexandru vs Sie Gubba
The first duel of the night was Alexandru against Sie Gubba. Sie Gubba — a popular dansband with a large following in small cities — came out on top. That meant former Suite 16 boy band member Alexandru had to say au revoir.
Alexandru with “Pink Jacket” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Sie Gubba with “Kjære du” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Second duel: Thomas Løseth vs Kristin Husøy
In the evening’s second duel, we saw Thomas Løseth battle it out with Kristin Husøy. Kristin Husøy went on to the next round. A quick scroll through social media suggest her vocals impressed you guys a lot more.
Thomas Løseth with “Vertigo” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Kristin Husøy with “Pray for Me” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Gullduel: Sie Gubba vs Kristin Husøy
Having both won their respective duels earlier that night, Sie Gubba and Kristin Husøy progressed to the Gullduel. There could only be one winner, and tonight that was Kristin. We’ll see her again at the grand final.
Akuvi with “Som du er” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
The second of five pre-qualified acts also performed — songstress Akuvi with “Som du er”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 semi-final three scoreboard
1. Kristin Husøy with “Pray for Me” – advanced to the final
2. Sie Gubba with “Kjære du” – eliminated
3/4. Alexandru with “Pink Jacket” – eliminated
3/4. Thomas Løseth with “Vertigo” – eliminated
Are you happy that with tonight’s result? Should someone else have made the final instead? Let us know in the comments.
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