It was one of the biggest events on the 2020 national selection calendar. And Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix is coming back just as big for 2021.
The first semi-final takes place on Saturday 16 January. Following a nearly identical format to last year, four acts will compete for one highly coveted spot in the grand final. But which of the four entries is your favourite? Who should advance to the next stage of MGP 2021? In a new twist, the three eliminated acts will remain in contention for a wildcard slot.
You can listen to all four entries below and then vote for your favourite. You can pick as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once. So choose wisely!
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Melodi Grand Prix 2021 — Semi-Final One Songs
Stina Talling – “Elevate”
Songwriters: Bård Mathias Bonsaksen, Hilda Stenmalm, Stina Talling, Eirik Hella and Monika Engeseth
The 17-year-old from Bergen started out on YouTube in 2013. Eight years later, Stina’s videos have amassed almost 17 million views. She signed a record deal with Sony in 2019. Her previous releases include “Fortid til fremtid”, “Jada Jada”, “En gang til” and “Livet Nå”. Her music also featured on the soundtrack for the Norwegian version of the Netflix movie Over the Moon.
Jorn – “Faith Bloody Faith”
Songwriters: Åge Sten Nilsen, Jørn Lande, Eirik Renton and Kjell Åge Karlsen
Jorn — the artist born Jørn Lande — hails from Rjukan and now lives in Fredrikstad. The 52-year-old has released almost 50 albums and it is claimed that he’s the largest Norwegian musical export since A-ha. He’s worked with several iconic rock bands, including ARK, Masterplan, Avantasia, Dracula “Swing Of Death”, Beyond Twilight, Vagabond, The Snakes, Millennium, Mundanus Imperium, Ayreon and Brazen Abbot.
Blåsemafian – “Let Loose”
Songwriters: Jørgen Lund Karlsen, Sigurd Evensen, Stig Espen Hundsnes, Benjamin Sefring and Caroline Teigen
Blåsemafian — which translates as Wind Mafia — are credited as being one of the most recognised wind bands in Norway and Europe. The trio consists of Sigurd Evensen (27) on trombone, Stig Espen Hundsnes (32) on trumpet and Jørgen Lund Karlsen (27) on saxophone. They’ve collaborated with artists such as Marcus & Martinus, Madcon, Cezinando and Angelina Jordan. Caroline (Hazel) Teigen provides guest vocals for MGP.
Beady Belle – “Playing With Fire”
Songwriter: Beady Belle
Beate Lech (46), known as Beady Belle, is a vocalist, artist, songwriter and producer. She has toured internationally, working with names like Jamie Cullum, India, Arie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joshua Redman and Jarle Bernhoft. She has performed at major, international festivals and concert stages such as the Royal Albert Hall. Beady Belle made a name for herself in Stjernekamp in the autumn of 2019.
Poll: Who should win semi-final one of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021?
What is your favourite song? Is there a winner in the mix? Let us know in the comments.