Ulrikke Norway Eurovision 2020 Attention Acoustic

In the days (and soon to be weeks) since Eurovision 2020’s cancellation, fans have been scouring the internet for any nuggets of content relating to this year’s acts. With no preview parties, live performances and such are hard to come by.

And so, we’re throwing back to a very special live rendition of “Attention” from Norway’ Ulrikke.

Ulrikke “Attention” (acoustic)

In the days before the Melodi Grand Prix 2020 final, Ulrikke uploaded a live acoustic version of “Attention” to her YouTube channel. Recorded inside an old tram, itself located in a museum, the video sees a cellist and three violinists join the singer.

And while the clip itself is impressive — it was filmed all in one take — it’s the vocal performance that will keep you watching until the end.

This stripped-back version sees Ulrikke approach the song in a gentler fashion, and somehow it becomes even more emotive than before — who knew that was even possible? The overall effect is sublime.

This is how she describes it:

I wanted to do something different for the music video, and had the idea of making an acoustic live version of the song. So we were able to record it on a one-take inside a museum for old trams here in Oslo. It was only 4 degrees in the museum, so it was a tricky and challenging experience making sure the instruments were in-tune at all times – But we pulled it off and I’m sooooo happy with the results!! I hope you guys like it as well”.

The acoustic rendition was also recorded as a single and is available to stream on Spotify and other platforms.

Ulrikke and Eurovision 2021

While many countries have already locked in their 2020 singers for a 2021 return, Ulrikke won’t be back.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK has confirmed that Melodi Grand Prix is set to return for a 61st edition in 2021. However, Ulrikke Brandstorp turned down the chance to compete as a guaranteed finalist with a new song.

Ulrikke says she feels that she would need to find the right song, but she knows that will take time:

“No, I don’t want a place in the final, it would be a little wrong. There is so much to start again, and then I need a new song that I really love. I have worked so damn hard for this, I have invested all of the work and money into this. It’s been a tough year – tougher than many might think. Maybe it’s good to do something different, shift your focus.”

She was disappointed in the decision of NRK to not internally select her, but could understand it:

“I had a dream that they would send me next year, but that was not the case. I am very sorry and disappointed with that decision, but that was the way it was.”

NRK confirmed that Ulrikke has accepted the invitation to perform “Attention” and a new song as a guest performer during the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021.

What do you think of the acoustic version of “Attention”? Will you miss Ulrikke in 2021? Let us know in the comments.

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Girl…this acoustic version got my Attention. Stunning!!

Lloyde
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Lloyde

Wow! Beautiful song and singer!

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Stian F

Correction: 2021 will see the 59th edition of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix. Ulrikke won the 58th edition which happened to be on the 60th anniversary since the first one, and she would have been the 59th participant for Norway in ESC, but as 2020 was cancelled the 59th participant will now be the 2021 winner. In 1970 Norway did not take part so there was no MGP that year, and in 1991 there was no MGP either as Norway went for internal selection, and also in 2002 as Norway was relegated there was no MGP either. The actual 60th… Read more »

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Loic Achaintre

Je suis dégoûté que Ulrikke ne se présente pas l annee prochaine car elle avait une voix fantastique. J espere une autre participation pour elle une prochaine année sinon je trouverai ça injuste.

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I still don’t get the reason behind going ahead with the national final. That is so unfair to this years singer I agree with her for passing on the free pass into the final. Why should she be made to put herself through that pressure again. She won fair and square so honour her victory.

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Kosey

Ulrikke is fantastic, I am really going to miss her in Eurovision. She is an amazing singer and she emotes the song perfectly.
I am not a big fan of the smiley faces and jaunty strings in this video. This is perhaps the saddest song in the whole competition – it doesn’t really go well with jaunty.