After four weeks of semi-finals, Norway introduced us to artists from all the regions of the country. Now it’s time for the last region — this week we’re heading North. NRK has revealed the acts for the fifth and final semi-final of the Norwegian Eurovision 2020 preselection.
They competing acts are: Elin & The Woods, Jenny Jenssen, Kevin Boine, and Liza Vassilieva.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 – Semi-Final Five Acts (Northern Norway)
Elin & The Woods – “We Are As One”
Elin Kåven (40) is from Karasjok and has worked together with producer Robin Lynch since 2015. Elin & The Woods can best be described as “indigenous electro-pop” according to themselves. The musical project previously took part in Melodi Grand Prix in 2017 with “First Step In Faith”. This time, their song “We Are As One” is about believing in oneself.
Lyrics and music: Robin Lynch, Elin Kåven, Ylva Persson and Linda Persson
Jenny Jenssen – “Mr. Hello”
Jenny Jenssen (55) comes from Bjervik, not far from polar circle city Narvik. In Norway, Jenny is a household name with a varied career, having sold over 300,000 records in her life so far. When she last participated in Melodi Grand Prix in 2007, Jenny just had become a mother. Now, her daughter will join her on stage as a dancer during the performance of her song “Mr. Hello”.
Lyrics and music: Mats Larsson, Jørgen Andson and Jenny Jenssen
Kevin Boine – “Stem på mæ”
Kevin Boine (26) hails from Tana and has been one of the most popular artists to sing in the Norwegian language in the past few years. Nicknamed the “Finnmark’s party king”, Kevin Boine gathered over 70 million streams in December 2019. In Melodi Grand Prix 2020, Kevin will sing the entry “Stem på mæ”, which means “Vote for me”.
Lyrics and music: Henning Olerud and Stanley Ferdinandez
Liza Vassilieva – “I Am Gay”
Liza Vassilieva (30) was originally born in Murmansk, Russia, but moved to Norway at the age of three. She grew up in Kirkenes and studied European Studies in Trondheim. It was in Trondheim where she started her songwriting career, most notably co-writing KPOP group TWICE’s single “Eyes Eyes Eyes”. Although Liza is not gay herself, she wants to sing about LGBT acceptance since she wants to show solidarity and normalise the topic.
Lyrics and music: Audun Agnar Guldbrandsen, Stian Nyhammer Olsen, Myrtoula Røe and Liza Vassilieva
Melodi Grand Prix 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 has performed 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.
The final pre-qualified act to perform her song is Melodi Grand Prix 2009 runner-up Tone Damli.She will showcase “Hurts Sometimes” during the fifth semi.
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Pictures: NRK Presse