Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix is on and it’s looking as strong as Head of Delegation Stig Karlsen promised. On January 16 the first four acts of the Norwegian selection for Eurovision 2021 performed in Fornebu. After two duels and a sing-for-your-life showdown, Blåsemafian feat. Hazel won, thereby booking a spot in the grand final on 20 February. Their performance of “Let Loose” wowed the voters and won both duels en route to the final.
Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2021 Semi-Final 1 Results
Following the removal of the regional concept, the first of the five semi-finals featured artists from all around Norway. Battling for the first ticket to the MGP final were Beady Belle with “Playing with Fire”, Jorn with “Faith Bloody Faith”, Blåsemafian feat. Hazel with “Let Loose”, and Stina Talling with “Elevate”.
The concept of the semi-finals is as follows: The four semi-finalists are split into two duels, which is determined by an on-stage draw. The winners of both duels then face off in the final duel, where the winner advances directly to the final. The remainder of the acts go to the wildcard round (siste sjanse, or final chance).
Duel 1: Stina Talling vs Beady Belle
In the first duel, Stina Talling faced off against Beady Belle. Stina gave a heartfelt performance of her pop ballad alongside contemporary dancers, while Beady Belle performed in front of a large mirror structure along with her own dancers. Stina came out on top with her moving performance of “Elevate” (which literally gave her female backing dancers lift). Beady Belle advanced to Siste sjanse.
KEiiNO then debuted their electro-pop track “Monument”, giving a beautiful and straightforward performance without stage gimmicks. There was a rather effective laser-like light. Many fans praised Alexandra for her on-point vocals. They are among six pre-qualified artists who will perform 12-song final on February 20.
Duel 2: Jorn vs Blåsemafian feat. Hazel
In the second duel, Jorn faced off against Blåsemafian feat. Hazel. Jorn performed his hard rock banger with lots of pyro effects and Arabian influences. He was playful, expressive and supremely confident. For their part, Blåsemafian feat. Hazel used LED tricks and worked every inch of the stage. Their brass trio sound was very in-your-face and ultimately unforgettable. They emerged victorious. Jorn advanced to Siste sjanse.
TIX then premiered his automatically qualified entry “Ut Av Mørket” as an angel, surrounded by six devils. From Lucifer to Sabrina, we had Netflix on the mind.
Final duel: Stina Talling vs Blåsemafian feat. Hazel
Blåsemafian feat. Hazel won the final duel and advanced to the MGP final on 20 February. Stina Talling will perform in Siste sjanse.
What do you think of the results? Can Blåsemafian feat. Hazel win the final? And how will KEiiNO’s “Monument” do?