It’s taken five weeks, but we’ve finally heard all 25 entries of Norway’s newly expanded Melodi Grand Prix 2020. That’s because Tone Damli has just released “Hurts Sometimes” ahead of Saturday’s semi-final five.
The song will receive its live premiere during the fifth semi of MGP 2020. However, unlike the other four performing acts, Tone won’t need to compete for a spot in the final.
She’ll only be showcasing the track as she’s a guaranteed finalist.
Tone Damli “Hurts Sometimes” (Melodi Grand Prix 2020)
Tone competed in MGP 2009 where she placed second with “Butterflies” — beaten by Alexander Rybak’s iconic “Fairytale”. She also competed in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2013. She performed “Hello Goodbye” in duet with Erik Segerstedt. The Måns Zelmerlöw written track made it to the Andra Chansen round.
Lyrics and music: Helge Moen, Jim Bergsted, Jethro Fox and Tone Damli
Norway has had to wait for over a decade to see the songstress return. Tone tells us:
“First of all, it’s so fantastic that people want me to be back. I don’t know. It hadn’t been the right time and I haven’t had the right song I guess… But now,11 years later, I feel super ready.”
While her last MGP effort “Butterflies” was a sweet upbeat pop song, “Hurts Sometimes” is different. Tone says:
“The song is mid-tempo, but it’s a quite big song and it’s about love. The hard love.”
Melodi Grand Prix 2020: Semi-Final Five
The fifth MGP 2020 semi will see five artists perform.
Four of these are competing for a spot in the final. A series of “duels” will take place until one qualifier remains. Each act represents Northern Norway.
The semi-final five contenders are:
- Jenny Jenssen “Mr. Hello”
- Kevin Boine “Stem på mæ”
- Elin & The Woods “We Are As One”
- Liza Vassilieva “I Am Gay”
The semi winner will join nine other songs in the grand final. They are:
- Tone Damli “Hurts Sometimes”
- Sondrey “Take My Time”
- Didrik & Emil Solli-Tangen “Out Of Air”
- Akuvi “Som du er”
- Ulrikke “Attention”
- Raylee “Wild”
- Rein Alexander “One Last Time”
- Kristin Husøy “Pray For Me”
- Magnus Bokn “Over The Sea”
What do you think of “Hurts Sometimes”? Is it a deserving pre-qualified entry? Let us know in the comments below.