On Saturday, Norway selected the first qualifier for the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021. Now broadcaster NRK has revealed the next four acts who will face the vote in the second semi-final of MGP 2021. The names include 2020 fan favourite Raylee, two-time Eurovision veteran Ketil Stokkan, and MGP debutantes Maria Solheim and Daniel Owen.
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Semi-Final 2 artists
Raylee – “Hero”
Songwriters: Andreas Stone Johansson, Anderz Wrethov, Laurell Barker, Thomas Stengaard and Frazer Mac
Raylee made the MGP grand final last year with fan favourite song “Wild”. She returns this year with “Hero”, whose songwriters include iconic Eurovision and national final songwriters. Describing 2021 song “Hero”, Raylee says “This year we are back to the ’80s. I have a real power song.”
Maria Solheim – “Nordlyset”
Songwriters: Andreas Gjone, Camilla North, Elsbeth Rehder, Torgeir Ryssevik and Maria Solheim
Maria Solheim is an established artist and is currently working on her seventh solo album. Her songle “Nordlyset” translates as “The Northern Lights” and Maria describes it as: “My song is a song I have been allowed to translate into northern Norwegian. It’s about finding a home.”
Daniel Owen – “Psycho”
Songwriters: Daniel Elmrhari, Paria Ahmadzade, Marius Hongve, Henrik Høven, Patrick Brizard, Jørgen Troøyen, Leif Inge Fosen and Marcus Nilsen Ulstad
Daniel Owen is a talented singer and dancer and first came to fame back in 2011 from winning Norway’s Got Talent back in at the age of 11. He is now focusing on his music career, exploring R&B.
Ketil Stokkan: “My Life is OK”
Songwriter: Ketil Stokkan
Ketil Stokkan is a two-time Eurovision veteran, having previously represented Norway in 1986 with “Romeo” and the infamous last-place finish in 1990 with “Brandenburger Tor”. It’s been 31 years since he last competed at MGP – a record! This year he’ll be singing the self-written “My Life is OK”. Of his decision to return to MGP, Ketil says, “I did not intend to join again. But right now there is nowhere else to show off. It is humble to be selected from 1000 submitted songs.”
The winner from the second semi-final will join the winners of the other semi-finals and the pre-qualified finalists in the grand final on 20 February:
- Atle Pettersen – “World on Fire”
- Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – “Let Loose”
- Kaja Rode – “Feel Again”
- Keiino – “Monument”
- Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open”
- Stavangerkameratene – “Barndomsgater”
- Tix – “Ut av mørket”
As well, the non-qualifying semi-finalists will have one more chance to make the final with the second chance round on 14 February.
What do you think? Which of the four semi-final 2 songs do you like? Should any of these songs be Norway’s pick for Eurovision 2021? Sound off below!