The four last semi-finalists graced the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 stage during the fifth semi-final of Norway’s Eurovision selection. And in the end it was Liza Vassilieva who won the very last ticket to the final in Trondheim with the song “I Am Gay”.
Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2020 Results
Tonight’s semi-final was the fifth out of five. It focused on artists whose origins lie in Northern Norway, the home of Eurovision 2016 contestant Agnete and KEiiNO’s Fred Buljo.
It saw Elin & The Woods, Jenny Jensen, Kevin Boine and Liza Vassilieva battle for a spot in the final, while automatic qualifier Tone Damli performed her mid-tempo track “Hurts Sometimes” for the first time.
In each semi-final, only one act could qualify for the MGP 2020 final. In total, twenty sang for five tickets to the grand final over the past five weeks. Next week, these five semi-final qualifiers will meet five automatic qualifiers.
To earn a 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 five duels
First duel: Jenny Jensen vs Elin & The Woods
The first duel of the night was Jenny Jensen against Elin & The Woods. Elin & The Woods came out on top. That meant Jenny Jensen had to leave the competition.
Jenny Jensen with “Mr. Hello” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Elin & The Woods with “We Are As One” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Second duel: Kevin Boine vs Liza Vassilieva
In the evening’s second duel, we saw Kevin Boine battle it out with Liza Vassilieva. Liza Vassilieva obtained the last ticket for the Gullduel.
Kevin Boine with “Stem på mæ” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Liza Vassilieva with “I Am Gay” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Gullduel: Elin & The Woods vs Liza Vassilieva
Having both won their respective duels earlier that night, Elin & The Woods and Liza Vassilieva progressed to the Gullduel. There could only be one winner, and tonight that was Liza Vassilieva. We’ll see her again at the grand final.
Tone Damli with “Hurts Sometimes” at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
The second of five pre-qualified acts also performed — MGP 2009 runner-up Tone Damli with “Hurts Sometimes”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2020 semi-final five scoreboard
1. Liza Vassilieva with “I Am Gay” – advanced to the final
2. Elin & The Woods with “We Are As One” – eliminated
3/4. Jenny Jensen with “Mr. Hello” – eliminated
3/4. Kevin Boine with “Stem på mæ” – eliminated
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