With five top ten results in the past seven years, Norway‘s recent track record in Eurovision is pretty remarkable. The Eurovision 2020 betting odds predicted another strong placement for the Nordic nation courtesy of Ulrikke (prior the contest’s eventual cancellation due to COVID-19).
Now, with NRK staging its national selection Melodi Grand Prix once again rather than automatically re-selecting Ulrikke for Eurovision 2021, other names are on the table. Rumours are swirling that Raylee is throwing her ponytail into the ring again. And now Norwegian-American electro-pop singer Emily Blue has confirmed that she has made a submission of her own.
Who is Emily Blue?
Emily Blue is an award-winning musician based in Chicago. A descendant of Norwegian immigrants, Blue made a name for herself in the Chicago rock scene as the lead singer of Tara Terra. Since 2016, she has released two full-length albums and several singles, in vastly different styles.
Blue’s style is a mix of indie, pop and metal, so there’s no knowing what her MGP entry will sound like. But what’s great about Blue’s eclecticism is that she truly can appeal to all Eurofans. She also tends to make her songs rather concise — you hardly ever hear a song of hers that’s longer than three minutes. We named her our pick for Norway in this year’s Wednesday Wishlist.
Emily Blue to Melodi Grand Prix 2021?
Last week, Blue expressed interest in singing for the Nordic nation in an interview with Undiscovered Treasures, saying she would “be thrilled to represent Norway”. Beyond the vast musical stage, she said the contest would empower her in other ways too: “Eurovision can be my chance to finally experience my roots”.
Wiwibloggs followed up with her to ask directly if she has submitted to Melodi Grand Prix 2021, and she has. “I’d be thrilled to get to know the culture of my ancestors and represent Norway,” she added.
Why should she represent Norway?
1. She’s someone fans of all genres can get behind
2. She’s a true LGBT icon
If there’s something Norway needs, it’s an LGBT anthem from an actual LGBT person. Openly pansexual Emily Blue is not only an active member of the community, but has also donated to pro-LGBT organisations and is the founder of 18+ queer benefit ICONIC.
3. Her live performances are wild
A problem many Eurovision national final entries run into is that they sound good in the studio version but don’t come together live on stage. However, Blue’s live vocals and stage presence never disappoint. So she’s a safe bet.
4. The camera loves her
It’s no secret that at Eurovision the song is paramount — but visuals matter. An artist needs to be able to sell a song to both the ears and the eyes of viewers. Fortunately for us, Blue is an expert at working the camera. Her mystifying Scandinavian beauty is sure to captivate the audience.
5. Her music’s under the radar, but widely acclaimed
Despite being unsigned for the time being, Blue released her most recent studio album *69 to universal acclaim, with a 5-star rating on Discogs and a score of 81 on AOTY. Blue also holds the Chicago Reader’s Best Pop Artist Award by virtue of this album. She would be an impressive addition to Eurovision.
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