After five weeks of semi-finals, tomorrow night Norway will finally select its act for Eurovision 2020. Ten acts will compete in the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020, but who should get the ticket to Rotterdam? The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to the tracks and ranked their favourites. Read on to see what the jury thought!

Antranig

1. Raylee – “Wild”

When we first heard “Wild” in early January, it was obviously the best song of 2020 so far. What’s surprising is that in mid February with all the national finals and internal selections going on, “Wild” is still the best song of 2020 right now. While I suspect it won’t win Eurovision, songwriter Laurell Barker can expect a similar result to “She Got Me”. There is so much quality in Norway that I wouldn’t be disappointed with another outcome but this should be beyond a no-brainer. Raylee is the ultimate performer.

2. Akuvi – “Som du er”
3. Kristin Husøy – “Pray for Me”
4. Tone Damli – “Hurts Sometimes”
5. Rein Alexander – “One Last Time”

Angus

1. Tone Damli – “Hurts Sometimes”

Tone Damli has the full package. Great vocal. Capable emotional delivery. Star quality stagecraft. And in “Hurts Sometimes” she has a song that stands out in the lineup. She doesn’t need pyrotechnics or a melodramatic key change. All she needs is her own talent, novel staging and an appealing midtempo ditty. Bravo!

2. Ulrikke – “Attention”
3. Kristin Husøy – “Pray For Me”
4. Raylee – “Wild”
5. Sondrey – “Take My Time”

Florian

1. Ulrikke – “Attention”

There’s a unique atmosphere that comes with Ulrikke’s track. Unlike any other song in the national selection, Ulrikke brings that magical spark to the stage. Given her emotional performance when she first premiered the track live, “Attention” could very well continue where KEiiNO left off in Tel Aviv.

2. Akuvi – “Som du er”
3. Kristin Husøy – “Pray for Me”
4. Sondrey – “Take My Time”
5. Raylee – “Wild”

Natalie

1. Liza Vassilieva – “I Am Gay”

I know that as a lesbian, I probably have a personal bias for this song. But omg I love it so much. I was really afraid that it was going to be cheesy, overly camp or flamboyant and make me cringe. But it’s not. It’s just joy, it makes me dance, and it’s such a strong message for me. As much as I love the LGBT community, I find it very hard to get into all the glitter and the camp partying. But this is different, it’s so comfy and genuine but still fun to dance to. It really makes me so happy and proud without being embarrassed. This is a very strong selection for Norway, I can’t think of a sub-par song in the final, and there are others which would probably do better at Rotterdam. But this is easily my personal favourite. Thank you, Liza. So much.

2. Raylee – “Wild”
3. Magnus Bokn – “Over the Sea”
4. Ulrikke Brandstorp – “Attention”
5. Tone Damli – “Hurts Sometimes”

Renske

1. Ulrikke Brandstorp – “Attention”

With such a strong line-up, it is really difficult to point out the best song. After watching the show for five weeks, Ulrikke Brandstorp’s performance has impressed me the most. The audio version didn’t do much for me, but the live performance was outstanding and classy — and I have rewatched it many times since. It is just the sort of performance that you long to see on a big stage such as Eurovision.

2. Magnus Bokn – “Over the Sea”
3. Kristin Husøy – “Pray for me”
4. Tone Damli – “Hurts Sometimes”
5. Didrik & Emil – “Out of Air”

Robyn

1. Didrik & Emil – “Out of Air”

Look, I don’t even know what this is doing at the top of my list but I can’t justify putting any other song higher. In theory, it shouldn’t work. “Out of Air” is like a more competently realised take on Joe & Jake’s “You’re Not Alone”. And it’s a more successful take on S!sters (they’re real s!blings). It’s also a bit cheesy but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The magic comes from the Solli-Tangen brothers. The sheer voice of their vocals and their personalities override any of the negative points and turn “Out of Air” into a memorable MPG entry.

2. Sondrey – “Take My Time”
3. Raylee – “Wild”
4. Magnus Bokn – “Over the Sea”
5. Ulrikke Brandstorp – “Attention”

Luis

1. Raylee – “Wild”

“Wild” is such a tune. The verses drag you in, the pre-chorus surprises you and then — bang! — horns and a super infectious hook. It may be formulaic, but mastering the basics of a genre is often a way to succeed at Eurovision. Raylee is such an appealing performer and she’s proven she can dance and kill it on stage. This is a clear choice, Norway.

2. Ulrikke Brandstorp – “Attention”
3. Kristin Husøy – “Pray For Me”
4. Akuvi – “Som du er”
5. Rein Alexander – “One Last Time”

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Tibor

Okay, “Wild” was never “obviously” the best song of 2020, not in early January, when we already had several songs from Festival i Këngës that were better, and certainly not now after Sanremo, ESCZ, Vidbir, Australia Decides, Melfest and Festival da Cançao entries have been released. Some people may like this song, but there’s nothing “obvious” about why that is.

Anita
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Anita

Good point.

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

I agree with with Robyn. Didrik and Emil for the win!

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

Sondrey is so underrated. I enjoy the studio version of his song.

La la love
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La la love

My top 5:
Attention
Pray for me
One last time
Som du er
Over the sea

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

1. Kristin Husoy “Pray For Me” <3
2. Raylee "Wild" <3
3. Ulrikke Brandstorp "Attention"
4. Akuvi "Som du er"

10. Rein Alexander "One Last Time" 🙁

Norwegian fan watching MGP live in Trondheim!!!
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Norwegian fan watching MGP live in Trondheim!!!

Almost couldn’t agree more. Those four girls are kinda at the same level for me. Would be so happy if either of them won. Though, I would prefer Attention over Wild, I think.
The last place I also agree 100% on. Would be so embarrassed if we end up sending One last time to Rotterdam. It’s just a cringe-fest all the way through.

Katariina
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Katariina

Ulrikke is the best here. Raylee’s song is cheap and a fanwank. Liza is a joke. No one else offers anything unique enough to comment on.

OhhHoney
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OhhHoney

I couldn’t agree more

Mr X
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Mr X

Wild is a very cheap and ridiculous song .

Tom
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Tom

Like your coment

Whisker
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Whisker

ITA

Mr X
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Mr X

1. Ulrikke 2. Magnus 3. Akuvi 4. Rein

i don´t like Raylee and Liza.

Guitarheart
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Guitarheart

My top 3: Som du er, Wild and Take My Time. I actually don’t like Attention :-O So OK, feel free to dislike my post 😉

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Rooting with all my heart for “Attention”, but I also like “Pray For Me” and “Som du er”.

I guess it’s between Ulrikke, Rein and Raylee and if I had to pick between these other 2 I would prefer “One Last Time”, for a simple reason: we’ll most probably have in the lineup something better in the same lane as “Wild” (also, if the intention is to send a bop, why not Akuvi’s one, in Norwegian?), while “viking schlager” certainly isn’t in anybody elses’s plans around Europe!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well we haven’t seen Denmark’s staging yet, cough.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Any of the Danish songs would look weird as hell with viking schlager staging. But… well, “One Last Time” is weird too. In an enjoyable way, but weird.

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Ulrikke or Rein , noone else

Angelika
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Angelika

Natalie, I love you!
Exactly!

Kosey
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Kosey

This is a NF I have been following quite closely. I am going to focus on my favorites: 1. Rein – I am a sucker for an “event” song and this is one for me. The drama, the visuals, the beat, it all lends itself to an intoxicating 3 minutes – exactly what ESC is made for. I won’t pretend it’s the most sophisticated, original song ever, but it’s won me over 2. Ulrikke – I wanted to hate this as I normally don’t like over-hyped entries, but I must admit this is impressive. Definitely Lucie Jones vibes going on,… Read more »

keith mawson
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keith mawson

same top 3 as you.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Wow. A few points: 1. Interesting how none of the jury chose “Over the sea” or “One last time”; I have been hearing good things from fans of those songs. 2. It is nice to read a positive opinion of Liza’s song for a change – thanks Natalie for that. (I know I risk downvotes for making this point, but it is my opinion nevertheless.) 3. Referring to Robyn’s opinion, I do understand the potential “magic” of the brothers. I think the reason I wasn’t feeling it in the semi was because of that awful “kids in the choreography” choice,… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

I think the Solli-Tangen brothers are great, but why do we need them both? It’s weird. Are they singing to each other? Are they singing to the same person?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

The way it was choreographed, they were both singing about younger versions of themselves and their brotherly love for each other. (But the actual song might be different.)

Labenyofi
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Labenyofi

My top 4:
1. Raylee – Wild
2. Magnus – Over the Sea
3. Lisa – I am Gay
4. Rein – One Last Time

I personally hate Ulrikke’s song, and I think it is just a boring ballad, which is not what Norway is known for.

Wayne
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Wayne

1. Attention
2. Wild
3. One Last time

I think those three would be the favorite among televotes and either of the three could win but I prefer Attention/Wild

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Attention but equally happy with One last time.

Padraig Muldoon
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1. Attention
2. Wild
3. One Last Time

Significant gap

4. Som du er
5. Pray For Me

ThomReo
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ThomReo

Nobody chose “One last time” ? 😮

Slytherin's Horcrux
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Slytherin's Horcrux

My top:
1. Pray for Me
2. Over the Sea
3. One Last time
4. Out of Air
5. Attention

Whisker
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Whisker

I enjoy three entries: Pray for me, One last time, Hurt sometimes. I’d be equally happy for them if one of them wins. #gooduck.
I will be watching Mello first then switch to MGP. I’m counting on catching up through comments here LOL

Stian F
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Stian F

The Norwegian final is really good this year. Eventhough there is only one clear winner and a sure fire qualifier (Attention) there are many other great songs as well (hurts sometimes, som du er, pray for me, wild) and the rest are great fillers and make up a great show overall. No overall bad songs… Even the 2 sure non qualifiers aren’t that bad (out of air, over the sea).

Saturday is going to be fun to experience live ?

Mariko
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Mariko

I’m a lesbian too but ‘I am gay’ makes me shiver in disgust… Tastes can differ a lot I guess!

Polegend Godgarina
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actually the lgbt community has PANNED that song haha

Guitarheart
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Guitarheart

I find it far too cheesy. More suited for Pride than ESC. Such songs just add fuel to stereotypes

Preuss
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Preuss

God please, if Raylee were to win, can we make sure it doesn’t turn out to be another Fuego 3.0 or She Got Me 2.0? It’s between Raylee and Ulrikke for me. “Wild” is pretty catchy, but if we were to send it, I hope we can do something about it so it differs from the performances I’ve mentioned…

Paule
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Paule

It’s Laurell Barker, so it won’t be original after all 😀

Fabian
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Fabian

Really, someone chose I Am Gay as their favourite?! ! what the actual f

Tom
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Tom

Song is horrible goddd

Polegend Godgarina
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methinks there is much delusion in antranig’s sayings

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

He rly went out there and said Raylee is “the ultimate performer” sis W H A T

Polegend Godgarina
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i stopped reading when he said “wild” could come 4th like “she got me” last year. whaaa?

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

oof yeah someones delusional, but we all knew that bcos Antranig always gives 0 to fan favs on wiwi jury

keith mawson
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keith mawson

no way she sounds like she is on helium and she gurns through the whole song

Alex
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Alex

1) Ulrikke
2) Akuvi
3) Tone
4) Kristin
5) Sondrey

Lisa
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Lisa

Is still think Rein Alexander is the only worthy successor to Keiino. Ofc this year’s nmgp is not as strong as last year but still I think he is the only one that stands out. And I have to agree with some of the other comments that Wild sounds more like fuego than she got me did

Nicola
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Nicola

My faves include ‘Attention’ and ‘I am Gay’, as they are the 2 Mgp songs that I listen to that are actually in the final. My no.1 song out of the 25, ‘Talking about us’ didn’t even make the final (and I am probably in the minority, but I preferred this to ‘Wild. Although I do still like ‘Wild’, and the song is growing on me).
In the end tho, Norway should ultimately pick ‘Attention’ as the song that should represent them in Rotterdam.
Also love the variety of favourites in the Wiwi Jury!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Current betting odds:
1. Ulrikke 41%
2. Raylee 12%

So no, Antranig, it’s not “beyond a no-brainer”. 😉

Leo
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Leo

It’s 2020 and people still don’t seem to realise that the S!sters not being actual sisters was kind of the point of the song…

Leo
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Leo

Anyway, please pick Ulrikke or Raylee, Norway. Everything else would be a mistake

Isa
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Isa

I love “Sister”!

Solis
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Solis

Rein Alexander would be epic!

Fabian
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Fabian

No.

Mako
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Mako

‘When we first heard “Wild” in early January, it was obviously the best song of 2020 so far’. Well… just no. ‘Wild’ sounds more like a tasteless Cher Llyod’s song than ‘She Got Me’. How can we compare both of those songs ?!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

It’s cute that some of you didn’t pick Ulrikke.

Johan
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Johan

Robin and Natalies taste is a bit different. I dont think their number 1 would qualify in Rotterdam.

Alo
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Alo

This final I feel doesn’t really have any standout act.
There are songs which can have great televote appeal and not so for the juries (rein, raylee) and some with great jury appeal and less for televotes(attention), so I think it can go anywhere during the night.

Aaron
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Aaron

Interesting to see how Som du er finished so highly for the bloggers.

1. Som du er
2. Wild
3. Attention
4. One Last Time
5. Sometimes

I will be voting strategically for some of the bad songs and my favourite Som du er (even though I know she will not win)

Ron
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Ron

Pretty interesting final, which is reflected in the wiwi jury; many different favorites here, and i really can’t predict the final winner. Anyway, I think the Norwegians have some solid options. My top 5:

1. Ulrikke Brandstorp – Attention
2. Rein Alexander – One Last Time
3. Raylee – Wild
4. Didrik & Emil – Out of Air
5. Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

how? how? is I am gay somebody’s fav? and how? is wild the best song of 2020 Eurovision season? howww?? wiwi jury I just wanna talk

mr 305 # dale
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mr 305 # dale

it’s just a fun pop song and brings joy 🙂 can’t stop singing it lol

Johan
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Johan

thats cute:) i hate it but its cute that you like it. In a good way:) no hate 🙂

Isa
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Isa

I agree. “I am gay” is lots of joyful fun!

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

its literally just disrespectful blandness made to look cute to hide the fact that she isn’t being an LGBTQ+ ally she is just using the word “gay” for views, votes, and clout

Guitarheart
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Guitarheart

There are many problems with this song. That she is hetero singing about gays is however not one of them 🙂 I don’t see the issue. And – there have been gays singing about girls in ESC too. Nothing wrong with that either.

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

it is an issue, guitar heart. Imagine a white person singing “I am black”, or a rich person singing about how poor and penniless they are. It’s the same thing to a straight person singing about being gay. She is taking away the rights that many gay people have suffered through and making fun of them by saying “I am gay”, while many people who are actually gay can never say that for fear of being attacked or ridiculed or ostracised. Check yourself. And what gays have been singing about girls? I’d love some actual song names.