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?

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Alon Israel
Alon Israel
10 months ago

Jorn was the best!

Female Lotus
Female Lotus
10 months ago

MONUMENT was WOW!! speechless.. so awesome!

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Female Lotus

I was turned to stone.
It was a “monumentous” occasion.
It was monumental in significance.
My inner monolith was sparkling.
It was a major example of a minor symphony.
(My word jokes used to be good, long ago. :P)

Irishfan
Irishfan
10 months ago

Oh dear! It would be better without the singer or the trumpet players.

Andi
Andi
10 months ago

Was a great show. All six songs are great!! Was hoping for Jorn though 🙁
But seeing him on stage it always makes me think that he’s not the one who’s actually singing. His mouth is so far from the mic and doesn’t open his mouth. How can he sing like that then? Reminds me a bit of Kate Miller-Heidke.

Nikki
Nikki
10 months ago

If this is the quality of the rest of the Semi-finalists, it’s going to a walk in the park all the way to Rotterdam for Keiino.

Nicky
Nicky
10 months ago

Let Loose is such a snoozefest and against the rules with live instruments

Andi
Andi
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

lol, what the hell are you talking about? xD

James
James
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

MGP and most other if not all national finals don’t have to abide with standard Eurovision rules.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago

After hearing again Tix’s song, currently my MGP top is:
1: Keiino-Monument
2: Blasemafian ft.Hazel – Let Loose
3: TIX – Ut av mørket
4: Jorn – Faith Bloody Faith
5: Stina Tallling – Elevate
6: Beady Belle – Playing with Fire

Teddie
Teddie
10 months ago

With “Monument” Keiino did significantly ease up on cheesiness and I like it. Also female vocals are now more prevalent which makes the song more Eurovision-esque, I guess.

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago

Blasemafian proving that we SHOULD allow live instruments at ESC.

Nicky
Nicky
10 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

No, they should be dq’d for using live instruments

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

They are allowed to at MGP, so no rules are broken. For me their performance proved that live instruments can be played at ESC without a problem.

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
10 months ago

Monument is good, but not as good as Spirit in the Sky which it will always be compared to.

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

I don’t compare it to “Spirit in the sky”.

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
10 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Its inevitable it will

James
James
10 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

How about the songs the group released since “Spirit in the Sky”?

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
10 months ago
Reply to  James

They’re not entered into Eurovision.

James
James
10 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

But how do they fare against “Spirit in the Sky”?

canada_piano
canada_piano
10 months ago

monument sound really good! i dont know how i feel about having KEiiNO at eurovision again but we’ll see

oscillate
oscillate
10 months ago

Overall, a great first SF. Monument is indeed promising. Vocals are superb. I just hope it will be a bit less dark in the Finals and less stiff. There were awkward instances. But overall, really a strong contender.

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

MGP semi 1 was amazing – good songs, professional staging, great live vocals. The quality was close, so it any of them could have won. Congrats to Blasemafian, that staging was phenomenal! KEiiNO live always give me chills! Alexandra was especially surreal in how perfectly she sung.

Una
Una
10 months ago

Having watched all performances: my preferences have changed – “Faith Bloody Faith” is again my first. My biggest “wow moment” of the season – Jorn’s performance. His voice was so powerful yet it seemed he made no effort. I am saying this as a huge compliment!!

Otherwise – and this is again personal opinion – I think the staging for all acts was way too busy. I can think of several reasons why that happened.

My top two for SF 1:
1. “Faith Bloody Faith”.
2. “Monument”.

Lolek
Lolek
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

Agreed! Those two were my favourite, vocally, from this SF.

Una
Una
10 months ago

NRK – you’ve done a great show with the first semi. The stage and all the technical elements and tricks and such. You’ve done a *great job*. I did not miss the audience at all. It was just an amazing studio live show. Congrats!!

allthingsnordic.eu
allthingsnordic.eu
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

Absolutely true! Great job. The show was awesome and not missing the live audience.

Max
Max
10 months ago

For me it’s Tix. Ut av mørket is a great sing-along track. And I found his performance pretty stunning. It was the only song I could connect to yesterday, probably because of him, the lyrics and the strong harmonies.

I am sorry, I just cannot get used to Keiino’s Monument. It sounds very messy to me: The production, the blend of their voices and especially the melody-diction.

Last edited 10 months ago by Max
Colin
Colin
10 months ago
Reply to  Max

Tix’s staging did feel grand, but quite disconnected to the content of the song. One would think that he sings about the spiritual or celestial themes.

allthingsnordic.eu
allthingsnordic.eu
10 months ago
Reply to  Max

Both Monument and Tix song are super awesome, different style yet powerful. If I had to score them Monument is more quality song, perfect for juries and televote alike, the song would get a 9,5 /10 from me. Tix song is also so cute and sweet, contemporary and easy listening, the song would get 9,6/10 from me. Two very strong contestants to win the race.

Candy
Candy
10 months ago

Monument works very well live on stage. This time, the focus is mainly on Alexandra and Fred and it’s for the best. Tom is an important member of KEiiNO and I really like him, but I think his vocals in the live performances of SITS might have contributed to their low jury score. He’s not bad, but compared to Alexandra it’s clear they’re not on the same level.

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  Candy

Tom sang great in Tel Aviv. There was a funky “technical issue” at the jury show, that’s what happen.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

All of the performances improved upon the studio tracks. I wasn’t that excited going into it but that was a great semi final. Tix is a serious dark horse to win this. Agree with the result as well. Pretty sure Jorn would’ve won his duel if he was against either of the other two participants.

Kalla
Kalla
10 months ago

Before watching I was gunning for elevate. Then I jumped straight on board with jorn, think it was the best song (and I am by no means a rock fan). Then blaseman gave a very well rounded exciting performance, was fresh and catchy, just wasn’t so keen on the lyrics/melody that went with song. I’m glad elevate didn’t win in the end, was fine but very unoriginal and bland watching. But of course the biggest news of the night…. KEIINO! They delivered and then some. Vocals were amazing, sounded exactly like the released song. Really think we have seen the… Read more »

ChEs
ChEs
10 months ago

Tix stole the show. I would love to see him representing Norway this year. Also, I have to admit that Alexandra’s vocals were amazing even though I still don’t like the song.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
10 months ago

Blåsemafian were my favorite of this semi and this confirms what I thought. However, I don’t think it’s the song to send to Rotterdam (if artists can travel to Rotterdam in May…).
Let’s what is coming during next week but I think that we already have THE song that must represent Norway. KEiiNO are brilliant, no other words.

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

BTW, appropos of the orchestra comment below and pretty much nothing else, I’ve been wondering who’d conduct the different entries if there was still an orchestra nowadays (or if they’d feature an orchestra at all). Seeing as it immediately came after ’98, I at least did all of ’99, just for the heck of it. Feel free to suggest things ‘cuz I think it’s a nifty thing to at least speculate about. So, for ’99: Lithuania – Tomas Leiburas (since I believe he was the LRT Orchestra’s musical director) Belgium – Wim Claes (arranger, seems to have conducting skills) Spain… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

That’s an impressive knowledge of 1999 MDs!

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

YouTube and Eurovision websites can take you down interesting paths! And at the very least, Portugal, Croatia, France, Denmark, and Sweden all had live bands accompany their selection shows, bless ’em. Had the same questions about if the relegated entries actually got to compete in ’96.

Last edited 10 months ago by Joe
Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

The other thing I’d hope if the orchestra came back is for more diversity in the conductors. There were only three female conductors (1973’s Swedish conductor Monica Dominique, 1973 and 1978’s Israeli conductor Nurit Hirsh – also, incidentally, the only woman to write, arrange, and conduct a winning entry, and 1985’s Swiss conductor Anita Kerr – honorable mention to the late Angela Morley, who transitioned after conducting for the UK in 1962) and I believe only one Black conductor (British maestro Del Newman, who conducted the Italian entry in 1980). For all its issues, even the OTI Festival was better… Read more »

Raussen
Raussen
10 months ago

Omg, first semi and results were bad, so some cheap music from discoteque, where almost no vocals, but fake instruments won? No logic

Nord
Nord
10 months ago
Reply to  Raussen

They actually played live instruments, they were fully mic’d as you can see – and hear how the studio cut sounds very different from the live performance.

Lolek
Lolek
10 months ago

Also, if I understand correctly, all non-qualifying songs go to the sista chansen stage right? Do they pick one song from that group then? Or two?

Kalla
Kalla
10 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

I was wondering that to, I’d imagine from the format of the semis that only one from each would go through, so would be similar numbers. How will they choose them though I wonder, the act that went to the final duel, or a public vote.

Espen Pedersen
Espen Pedersen
10 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

There will be one winner for each of the five semi-finals. The day after the last semi-final there will be a “wild card” broadcast where all the acts th at didn’t go through the semi finals have a last chance of winning the last ticket to the final.
The final will then consist of six pre-qualified acts, five semi-finalists and one wild card-finalist 🙂 .

Last edited 10 months ago by Espen Pedersen
Espen Pedersen
Espen Pedersen
10 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

All of the semi-finalists and the wild card-finalist will be chosen by the public.

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
10 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

You understood correctly. All fifteen songs that didn’t qualify go through to the wildcard round.

Lolek
Lolek
10 months ago

I think today’s show is a textbook example of how staging can really do wonders for a song! Jorn’s vocals were brilliant but Blaseman had INCREDIBLE staging. I am not entirely surprised they won this heat given how appealing the performance was. Playing with Fire is another example. That song was probably my least favourite going into the semi but I thought the performance was amazing and you can tell Beady Belle is a seasoned performer!!! For a second I thought it just might go through to the second dual stage! I liked Stina’s performance and I do enjoy her… Read more »

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
10 months ago

Which region was this semi? Was it the Oslo region? If not, when is Oslo?

Yes
Yes
10 months ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

They ditched the touring bc of corona, so no regions this time

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
10 months ago
Reply to  Yes

Thanks.

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago

I’m one of the few wo aren’t impressed with Keiino. I like the song, and their vocals are amazing! I also love them as people, but the staging just did not work – it looked very wooden, stiff and calculated, I wasn’t enjoying it – I liked the beginning when Alexandra was in dark and I also liked it when Fred had that bridge all other parts looked very awkward… I think they should think outside of the box for the staging – I’d maybe create three different surroundings for each of them (one winter, one forest and one maybe… Read more »

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
10 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I get what you mean but I’m not really a fan of ,,boxes”. They look cheap and awful in wide shots. Maybe if they built them an entire platform a la Benjamin Ingrosso… That could be fun. But expensive and hard to set up… lol
Or at least something like Anna Bergendahl’s Ashes to Ashes, but more expensive and less plasticky. Her Kingdom Come platform was really good and well used but she had dancers… I hope they step up the game because the song deserves it.

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Well I’d include no wide shots, just them in seperate boxes and than something at the climax don’t know maybe combine all three or something.And this idea hasn’t actually been used at esc so it might be fun + they are Norway I’m sure they can afford it. Like we would see Alexandra in a snow box (Blue leds and maybe snowing – simple but effective), Tom in a forest box (plants something like Anna’s staging yes – maybe more green) and Fred in a fire box (so red and some fire in front of the box), I think it… Read more »

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

and also Alexandra in white leather, Tom should keep what he is wearing but in different colour and Fred not sure what would fit the fire theme, but again something simple

Raussen
Raussen
10 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

There lots of people who find it generic and nothing special, and you see how favorites don’t win in the end, there lots of songs ahead

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
10 months ago

I’m gonna be honest – I never quite understood the hype around SITN. I thought it was a bit cheesy and dated and to me Fred’s part almost felt out of place and forced into the song. That’s why I wasn’t that excited about them coming back. Until I heard the song! I really really like it! I’m not usually a fan of drum and bass but even though I wouldn’t have put it in the chorus it really doesn’t bother me. It made Ira Losco’s Walk on Water and Tijana Bogicevic’s Into Deep feel quite cold and kinda empty… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Lighting the floor could really make a difference. Another thing that they could try is to use a little bit of silver on their outfits, so the stage lights could reflect on it.

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

grey is a very tricky colour to use I think. They should stick to leather I think, Tom’s outfit looks great, Alexandra should loose the skirt and just be in a jump-suit.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
10 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I really don’t mind Alexandra’s outfit but I can see how it could be off-putting to some. I tend to like more experimental and avantgarde fashion choices. lol
They can change the lower half of her outfit, just don’t touch the top! I loved her hairstyle, make up and gloves

NICK79
NICK79
10 months ago

Did you really think Keiino had a good stage show? Nothing special happend on stage accept them walking around and very dark clothes/styling. Song and voices good but they need to have more “action”. If its lights, background, dances or whatever…..

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

I’m glad Jorn at least has a second chance. I didn’t get to watch live – was he good?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yes. 🙂
OTT staging as well, haha

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Wouldn’t ask for anything less!

Nicky
Nicky
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

most OTT staging was that troll act blasemafian, cheap amateurs what they are

Lolek
Lolek
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Just watched it, his vocals are killer! I am happy to hear he gets a second chance as well!

Louka
Louka
10 months ago

It seems Keiino’s Monument is in the UK charts

Alex
Alex
10 months ago
Reply to  Louka

It’s charting only on ITunes charts, not Apple/Spotify.

jack
jack
10 months ago

Keiino have something very special. I am not a fan of the studio version but their live perfomances are pure magic. Especially alexandra killed it

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago
Reply to  jack

my thoughts exactly. her high note was jaw-droppingly perfect

Last edited 10 months ago by Ashton Schier
MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
10 months ago

Tbh the song hurts my ears, they’ve gone overboard with their use of their instruments. I like saxophones (moldova 2017) but they used it way too much. The majority of the song was saxophone in fact. The song is way too loud and repetitive. I’d be fine with a whole violin song since it’s soothing such as Norway 1995. The saxophone however, is not that type of instrument. It should never make up the majority of a song.

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
10 months ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

A beat drop can’t last for that long until it gets annoying and hurts your ears you know.

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

“The saxophone however, is not that type of instrument. It should never make up the majority of a song.”
All the people who ever bought Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” beg to differ.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Saxy songs that I recall: “Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty), “Search for the Hero” (M People), “Careless Whisper” (George Michael). Add to the list

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

SunStroke Project! Both times!

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Also “One Step Beyond” (Madness), “The Impression That I Get” (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), “Born to Run” (Bruce Springsteen), “Pa veistu svarid” (Inga), “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (Billy Joel), “Overkill” (Men at Work), “Young Americans” (David Bowie)…

James
James
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

And also any song carried only by saxophones, from the likes of Kenny G and Dave Koz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ow-PP1_xZw

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I was just going for the best sold jazz record of all times to underline the absurdity of such a statement, but everything you guys cite is of course only further proof of this point.

Esc addict
Esc addict
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Tibor mr absurdity saying to somebody else he is absurd, it’s so funny and so not credible.
This Tibor really thinks he is the Eurovision justiciary, the good taste justiciary and without forgetting he thinks he is the only one who knows what is the modernity, Sure Jan, I’m done. 🙂

Last edited 10 months ago by Esc addict
Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Esc addict: That was unnecessarily personal. I’m glad you’re done, frankly.

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Haha, don’t bother, PM, their comment has obviously nothing to do with what I’ve written, and I’d infer from the mentioning of “modernity” that they’re still not over me not being too keen on the French selection. I’m frankly even a little flattered that my opinion seems to matter so much to them, that they’re going after me personally. I must have struck a nerve.

Jake
Jake
10 months ago

is it just me or is there an extreme case of lip synching? it felt like Jorn’s entire voice was canned…I am worried that ESC this year with backing vocals is going to follow this with the actual main singer’s voice getting drowned out by additional pre-recorded vocals

John
John
10 months ago
Reply to  Jake

It seemed that his microphone was away from his mouth during his vocals on many points. I hope I’m wrong but it was very noticeable. Maybe they allowed taped recording for the show as a whole.

James
James
10 months ago
Reply to  John

NRK presented the show as live (“direkte”).

Lolek
Lolek
10 months ago
Reply to  Jake

For a second I thought that as well but is it possible his voice was just that good? It looked like he was singing the sound I was hearing, but maybe I’m wrong and it was the backing track

cats and dogs eurovision
cats and dogs eurovision
10 months ago

this is soooooo good, I like it even better than Keiino, would not be bothered if it’s win Melodi Grand Prix 🙂

Last edited 10 months ago by cats and dogs eurovision
Héctor
Héctor
10 months ago

Not a masterpiece but definitely the best from this bunch

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago

It was my favourite along with Stina. Loved Keiino as many said before. I liked all songs excepting Beady Bella one, which wasn’t my cup of tea. The staging great, but maybe removing those purple/pink squares could help. The animation and the change of instrument made the song even better. Good luck for the final, Blasemafien and Hazel

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

Was I the only one that thought that Fred sounded a little bit weird??

Evan
Evan
10 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

I thought there was a bit of backing vocal under his singing that made it sound a bit odd too.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

I couldn’t hear Stina’s second performance, how was it?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

It was vocally and technically better than her first performance, and it seemed as though the sound was better adjusted too. But it was a serious song up against a big fun house band song, and people stuck at home probably just wanna have fun, lol

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Ok, tysm. About the second sentence I agree. Despite Stina’s song had also a message that could be related to this situation, the enjoy thing is what can have raised them up

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

After hearing again Tix’s song, currently my MGP top is:

1: Keiino-Monument
2: Blasemafian ft.Hazel – Let Loose
3: TIX – Ut av mørket
4: Jorn – Faith Bloody Faith
5: Stina Tallling – Elevate
6: Beady Belle – Playing with Fire

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago

Can I just say, Keiino has won me over with their performance. That was spectacular.

Kosey
Kosey
10 months ago

Some great performances tonight, I thought they all did really well and I enjoyed them all.

KEiiNO’s Monument does something special to me deep down inside. I can’t think about it too much as I’m sure they’d have me in floods of tears. As performers they complement each other perfectly and the song is made for Eurovision epic-ness. They are going to be tough to beat, not just in Norway, but across the whole competition.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

This actually can beat Euphoria at ESC 250

Alex
Alex
10 months ago

Let Loose had the most entertaining performance which is an advantage as people want to have fun these days. This is the song that will win the televoting in the final, unless there are big surprises coming up and especially since there are no juries voting.

I love Keiino and their song but the performance was too dark. They really need to step up their game with this one although i know the performance will remain the same for the final. I was hping they would add some ‘monuments’ and their outfits would be different.
Alexandra NAILED it, amazing voice.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes, Alexandra NAILED it, but the performance was very dark

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
10 months ago
Reply to  Alex

To be fair, they did have the mirror monoliths in the background. I think those were the monuments.
Side note: anyone else see those and think of the random monoliths that showed up in the US/romania (for some reason). Was that intentional?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Yes, I noted that down as well! I don’t know if it was intended or not.

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

By rewatching it, I started believing the problem is with the lighting coming from behind the stage. The blue lights coming from the ceiling work perfectly (Fred’s solo and the camera moving from him to show Alexandra and Tom is the best moment of the performance), but the white lights coming from the back don’t illuminate them or the monolyths enough. That’s why I like when automatic qualifiers perform in the semis, there’s always room to improve these things.

Alex
Alex
10 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Yeap i saw the mirrors but i didn’t understand their purpose on the staging. Imagine if this was their ESC performance or the performance in the final…it wouldn’t impress the audience.

They really need to improve the stagings, there’s so much potential and playing with lights could improve the show.

I also didn’t like their styling, it looked odd.

Espen Pedersen
Espen Pedersen
10 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

I guess the random monoliths was part of KEiiNOs promotion all along 😉

Last edited 10 months ago by Espen Pedersen
Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago

This duel system is imo quite cruel. I enjoyed all performances but I wish the styling was different for some people (not KEiiNO, I love their look). I liked Hazel’s vocals and confidence on stage.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yep, Hazel vocals were extremely great

John
John
10 months ago

I love the Eurovision Instrumental Contest

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago
Reply to  John

Yeah, I loved when Nocturne won it

John
John
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I agree with you but the difference is Nocturne won ESC 4 years before they dropped live instruments on stage. It’s a little different now.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  John

As Ashton noted, good sense of the history of the contest you’ve got there haha. All the vocals will be prerecorded soon anyway….

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

I miss the live orchestra. Hey if there’s no audience at ESC, there might actually be space for a socially-distanced orchestra! There’s a silly idea.

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

That’s what they need: a new thing to spend money on.

James
James
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Paging Metropole Orchestra…

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

It’s a GREAT idea!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
10 months ago

I’m happy with this, I love ‘Let Loose’.

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago

I LOVED KEiiNO! I *was* expecting a great performance and I wasn’t disappointed. I knew they would deliver. Alexandra looked GORGEOUS! I loved the blue and I loved those gloves. They planned every detail! Fred has a presence, oh.my.God! I was anticipating Alexandra’s thunder and gloria high note with R’dam in mind. I want them in R’dam!

Alex
Alex
10 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Actually i did not see any details, other than some random mirrors and their hipster outfits. Alexandra’s voice was amazing and Fred was great as usual. I did not like the fact that the performance was too dark, it’s not helping their chances.

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I know where to look.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
10 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Tonight was about the semi-finalists. How about talking about them?

Anita
Anita
10 months ago

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Anita

Nice to see we let the punctuation run loose. 🙂

Anita
Anita
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

We always need to try “good staging” – even in the comments hahahaha

Tibor
Tibor
10 months ago

This was quite entertaining and I’m pleased with the outcome, I like “Let loose” as a song and I thought their performance was really great, I guess there even was some live playing, the brass sounded different and more impactful than in the studio cut, well done. I would have preferred them to compete against Beady Belle, I still like her song and her live performance was very professional, I honestly don’t understand why people don’t like this, but I’ve made my peace with it. Stina Talling had the only highly questionable vocal performance of the night, not even the… Read more »

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
10 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I also noticed a change in the music when they changed the instrument for the final part of the performance, did y’all?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Hellooooo

Indeed, this was noted. 🙂

IDK
IDK
10 months ago

Honestly I am so disappointed with Stina’s performance, I could barely hear her voice over the backing vocals. The staging was nothing special and she looked quite stiff.
Blasemafian were great tonight, it’s a well deserved victory!

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
10 months ago
Reply to  IDK

Stina’s performance wasn’t great, but Hazel’s was by far the worst. At some points she just shouted because she couldn’t control her voice.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago

This was fun! I’m so happy that my personal favourite won this heat, because that hardly ever happens. Yeyyy. KeiiNO were outstanding and Tix was also very good. I felt sorry for the three that didn’t make it; I really enjoyed Melodi Grand Prix tonight; well done NRK! P.S. I love the OTT choreography, haha.

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

There’s still a lot of work to do on KEiiNO’s staging (some moments were too dark and stiff), but the song proved its power. Alexandra’s vocals are monumental (pun intended). TIX’s song is nice, but I felt that staging was seriously distracting. I don’t know if it’s his normal style though. From the semifinalists, the most entertaining performance won. I was actually rooting for Jorn, but Blasemafian was fun to watch. I was expecting more from Stina. All things considered, a pretty good start for MGP. Loved how the show made fun of the online voting disaster from last year.… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Best pun ever. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Not at all, it was on our face this whole time. 🙂 Do you have any favorite so far? Not just in Norway, but from other countries too.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Barbara Pravi’s “Voilà” from France really stands out to me, but it’s early days yet.

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

It’s one of my favorites so far too. But you’re right, there’s lots and lots of water to go under this bridge yet.