Once again four more acts graced the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 stage during the fourth semi-final of Norway’s Eurovision selection. And in the end it was Magnus Bokn who won the ticket to Trondheim with the song “Over the Sea”.
Supported by two songwriters who are former Melodi Grand Prix winners, Magnus was our readers’ favourite and he also attracted the most Spotify listens of this week’s songs. Magnus’ performance of “Over the Sea” took us back to the countryside and featured traditional dance. His amazing vocal also helped him sail through.
Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2020 Results
Tonight’s semi-final was the fourth out of five. It focused on artists whose origins lie in Western Norway, which is regarded as one of the world’s wealthiest regions. And there was a wealth of music to choose from tonight as well for the Norwegians in this semi-final.
It saw Hege Bjerk, Magnus Bokn, Nordic Tenors and Oda Loves You battle for a spot in the final, while automatic qualifier Ulrikke Brandstorp performed her power ballad “Attention” for the first time.
In each semi-final, only one act can qualify for the MGP 2020 final. In total, 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 four duels
First duel: Magnus Bokn vs Oda Loves You
The first duel of the night was Magnus Bokn against Oda Loves You. Magnus — whose song was written by MGP winners JOWST and Alexander Rybak — came out on top. That meant Oda Loves You had to leave the competition.
Magnus Bokn with “Over the Sea” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Oda Loves You with “Love Who We Love” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Second duel: Nordic Tenors vs Hege Bjerk
In the evening’s second duel, we saw Nordic Tenors battle it out with Hege Bjerk. Nordic Tenors obtained the last ticket for the Gullduel.
Nordic Tenors with “In This Special Place” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Hege Bjerk with “Pang” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Gullduel: Magnus Bokn vs Nordic Tenors
Having both won their respective duels earlier that night, Magnus and the Nordic Tenors progressed to the Gullduel. There could only be one winner, and tonight that was Magnus. We’ll see him again at the grand final.
Ulrikke Brandstorp with “Attention” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
The second of five pre-qualified acts also performed — songstress Ulrikke Brandstorp with “Attention”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 semi-final four scoreboard
1. Magnus Bokn with “Over the Sea” – advanced to the final
2. Nordic Tenors with “In This Special Place” – eliminated
3/4. Oda Loves You with “Love Who We Love” – eliminated
3/4. Hege Bjerk with “Pang” – 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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Picture credit: NRK