Having introduced artists from Southern, Eastern and Central Norway — it’s finally time for the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 circus to unveil its artists from the West! Earlier than initially planned, NRK has revealed the acts for the fourth semi-final of the Norwegian Eurovision 2020 preselection.
They are: Hege Bjerk, Magnus Bokn, Nordic Tenors, and Oda Loves You.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 – Semi-Final Four Acts (Western Norway)
Hege Bjerk – “Pang”
Hege Bjerk (29) comes from Sandness. After studying music in both Oslo and Copenhagen, she released her debut album “Alt me drømme om”. She sings her music in the Jærsk language, which is a dialect spoken in the traditional district of Jæren in the Rogaland county. Her entry “Pang” is about how an eating disorder can control one’s life.
Lyrics and music: Martin Bjerkreim, Trygve Stakkeland and Hege Bjerkreim
Magnus Bokn – “Over the Sea”
Magnus Bokn (25) hails from Stavanger and has been involved in music since he was fourteen years old. In the past, he took part in both Idol and The Voice as well as singing in several bands. Combining his studies in popular music with his singing career, he decided to take part in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix. His song “Over the Sea” is co-written by two recent MGP winners — JOWST and Alexander Rybak.
Lyrics and music: Alexander Rybak, Joakim With Steen and Magnus Bokn
Nordic Tenors – “In This Special Place”
Nordic Tenors are an opera trio, who formed in Bergen, Norway’s second city, in 2003. The goal of creating the Nordic Tenors was to create a classical group that combines “classical and opera music with popular music expressions and humor”. The group has a well-established career in Norway and has performed over 900 concerts and recorded eight albums. Their entry “In This Special Place” is indeed a combination of opera and pop and reminds us slightly of Didrik Solli-Tangen’s “My Heart is Yours” that won MGP in 2010.
Lyrics and music: Einar Kristiansen Five and Jan-Tore Saltnes
Oda Loves You – “Love Who We Love”
Oda Evjen Gjøvåg (31) grew up in Bergen, but moved to the world’s creative capital Los Angeles at nineteen. After seven years, she returned to Norway with a “bag full of new experiences” and better songwriting capabilities. With her partially self-penned song “Love Who We Love”, Oda hopes to spread love through music.
Lyrics and music: Magnus Bertelsen and Oda Evjen Gjøvåg
MGP 2020: The five 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.
Ulrikke Brandstorp will showcase “Attention” during the fourth semi.
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