Raylee flooded the set over the weekend, but Norway’s NRK has already turned up the heat ahead of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 semi-final three.
The third semi takes place on Saturday 23 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 Three Songs
Big Daddy Karsten – “Smile”
Songwriters: Karsten Dahl Marcussen, Are Næsset and Pål Gauslaa Sivertzen
Big Daddy Karsten (aka Karsten Dahl Marcussen) is a rapper who has performed both with the duo Folkefiender and as a solo artist. He has played many festivals in Norway and has been a headliner at various Pride celebrations. Big Daddy Karsten is Norway’s only openly gay rapper. Of his participation, he says, “This feels good. I did not think I was going to do this, because it is not natural for rappers to be part of MGP.”
Dinaye – “Own Yourself”
Songwriters: Christian Ingebrigtsen, David Thulin and Dina Matheussen
Otherwise known as Dina Matheussen, Dinaye is a 17-year-old singer and dancer. Her dancing talent took her to the semi-finals of Norway’s Got Talent in 2014. She competed in MGP Jr in 2016 and was a contestant on last year’s edition of Norwegian Idol. Dinaye has co-written “Own Yourself” and part of the lyrics are in Amharic, reflecting her Ethiopian heritage.
Emmy – “Witch Woods”
Songwriters: Olli Äkräs, Elsa Søllesvik and Morten Franck
Emmy Kristine Guttulsrud Kristiansen previously competed in MGP Jr in 2015. There, her song “Aiaiaiai” made it to the superfinal. She became a well-known performer, especially with younger audiences. On her MGP 2021 participation, Emmy says “It is an honour to be selected to sing the song. It is a mixture of a funny and scary song.”
Ole Hartz – “Vi er Norge”
Songwriters: Rein Mellbye Van Vliet, Eirik Næss, Ole F. Hartz Gravbråten, Magnus Hagen Clausen and Petter Bjørklund Kristiansen
Ole Hatz has been keenly involved with music since he was six years old. He has slowly built up his career and has enjoyed millions of streams and a growing fanbase in both Norway and Sweden. Most recently he had a Yuletide hit “Jeg vil ha ribbe” with TikTok star Ida Celine.
Poll: Who should win semi-final three of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021?[crowdsignal poll=10725542]
What is your favourite song? Is there a winner in the mix? Let us know in the comments.