Melodi Grand Prix Semi-Final Three Acts

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?

What is your favourite song? Is there a winner in the mix? Let us know in the comments.

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Bamborough
Bamborough
3 months ago

OMG!!! MGP 2021 is soooo good this year. I cant choose who i want to go to eurovision between: Keiino, let loose, or emmy!

Peppa Pig ?
Peppa Pig ?
3 months ago

Unpopular opinion but I think this semi final is amazing. I love every song from it and I really like upbeat songs. I don’t care who will qualify because they’re all amazing but I hope none of them will go to esc because Keiino is in Mgp and I LOVE KEIINO and Monument

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
3 months ago

I don’t understand the love for Witch Woods. It’s enteric modern pop song that tries to be different. It had so much promise. But the urban element hurts it and takes away it’s uniqueness. I hope Vi er Norge wins. It stands out, and has a great Celtic/Scandinavian feel about it.

Bella
Bella
3 months ago

of course Ole Hartz – “Vi er Norge”It’s so different!

Elca
Elca
3 months ago

Witch Woods reminds me of How about Mars from last year and I much preferred that. There’s something missing from Witch Woods. Vi Er Norge is probably the most rounded song/competitive. Smile and Own Yourself are both fine. Staging I’ll be important in this semi. Lots of people saying this is the strongest semi, for me it definitely isn’t the first two had more solid contenders. Although there isn’t a duff song in this semi I suppose. There isn’t a winner (the songs seem a bit hollow?) But maybe that’s a matter of taste. Looking forward to everything else Norway… Read more »

Una
Una
3 months ago

I don’t really like this semi tbh. No song stuck in my head. No desire to keep on listening to either song. But I am sure that the staging will be nice.

Una
Una
3 months ago

If I had to choose one my fave would be “Vi er Norge”. I can understand the anthemic value, which I normally dislike 100%, it actually makes sense here.
But my choice for Saturday night is Lithuania’s semi-final.

Oscar
Oscar
3 months ago

Witch Woods is great, and definitely my personal favourite. However, I’m worried about how the live performance will turn out to be. Doesn’t seem like an easy song to stage.

Red X
Red X
3 months ago

Didn’t Big Daddy Karsten do a parody of WAP once? His name sounds familiar

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 months ago
Reply to  Red X

Yeah, he did, here’s the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLGTQwDtALc

Last edited 3 months ago by Skiwalko
Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

I don’t feel strongly about this one. These semis are getting progressively weaker and weaker. Own Yourself is probably the one I enjoy listening to the most but Vi Er Norge is probably the most competitive song and probably deserves to win. The other two are not for me.
I’ll say it again. I want Norway to go back to their old NF system. There’s just not the quality here to sustain such a large, long-running selection.

NickC
NickC
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I could not diasgree more. This is by far the strongest semi for me. If it was up to me, I would put all 4 songs into the final together with Monument, and kick the rest out.

Lele
Lele
3 months ago
Reply to  NickC

SAME. the semi is by far the best. i like all the 4 songs. And in semi 1 and 2 i only liked 1 song in total

Marc
Marc
3 months ago
Reply to  Lele

I agree! This is a good semi and will be a really interesting show.MGP so far have elevated with staging this season and all these songs could go up a notch with good staging.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I for one am an oddball who likes most of his NFs big for the sake of ranking. Sometimes even the bad songs can add to diversity or entertainment. Also, I feel like Norway improved *a lot* in this year. There are no absolute ”No” songs for me, like there were last year (Mr. Hello, The Start of Something New, I Am Gay). All songs are at least passable, each in their own way. If I were to nitpick about my one complaint is that most of the songs are okay on a similar level, so they are difficult to… Read more »

eurana
eurana
3 months ago

The winner will be “Vi er Norge”, dudes. Believe me.

Damien
Damien
3 months ago
Reply to  eurana

Agreeeeeeeee

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

Witch woods sound like reject song from Wizards of Waverly and i like it

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

I’m going for the witch song, I find them really scary with their spells and potions and bonfires and muddy swamps and stuff.

musimak
musimak
3 months ago

Cleeeeeaaarllyy emmyyy ! So obvious !! So different.

ESC8
ESC8
3 months ago

Witch Woods could be the soundtrack to the 2019 movie Midsommar, or at least I believe so. In any case, this is my favourite out of those 4. I also like Vi er Norge, but I don’t know if those lyrics are satirical or not. I hope they are.

Kauri
Kauri
3 months ago

Did anyone have a closer look to the lyrics of “Vi er Norge”? Sounds very nationalist or even fascist to me: “Because we are Norway, we will finish before everyone else. And we have oil and we bleed for flagg and fatherland. Well, we get as much as we want.”
Maybe there is an irony I don’t understand (I hope), but I am afraid the singer might be serious. Scary.

Raffanson
Raffanson
3 months ago
Reply to  Kauri

It’s a parody song of Norwegians who drink booze and think they’re better than all nations.

Kauri
Kauri
3 months ago
Reply to  Raffanson

Ok, thanks. Let’s hope it’s a parody… 🙂

Teddi
Teddi
3 months ago
Reply to  Kauri

Even if it’s not parody what’s the problem if someone sings about their country? They’re not singing that they’re going to kill and slash, or anything like that. What’s fascist about someone saying they’re willing to die for their country?

Kauri
Kauri
3 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

Excuse me? That would be chauvinism and nationalism. Nothing Eurovision should be about.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kauri
Teddi
Teddi
3 months ago
Reply to  Kauri

Excuse you. Why there’s no place at Eurovision for song about loving your own country? There’s nothing hateful in this song, or discriminatory. Nationalism? LOL How about lgbt songs? By your logic there’s no place for that at Eurovision either because someone might call it lgbt propagay. Get your s*it together please.

Salem
Salem
3 months ago
Reply to  Kauri

Personally, I don’t find the lyrics problematic considering the context of obvious parody. I just feel the lyrics are really, really poor and slightly embarassing. I do fear that some non-Norwegian viewers might misunderstand the song as nationalist though. All in all it’s a big NO from me to Ole Hartz.

Last edited 3 months ago by Salem
Hellooooo
Hellooooo
3 months ago
Reply to  Kauri

I originally had the same thoughts, but thinking about it idk. Let’s expect it is a parody

Youyou
Youyou
3 months ago

Sounds like „Havana“ + „pretty savage“, and it’s the best song from all semi-finals for now.

canada_piano
canada_piano
3 months ago

witch woods: amazing, original song, it’s up there with monument
own yourself: inspired by 2011 lady gaga, and probably second place
vi er Norge: giving rybak vibes and a traditional song to this semifinal but boring and forgettable
smile: bland and uninteresting and I’ll probably forget about it as soon as this semi is over

overall, I prefer witch woods the most, even if it may or may not appeal to international audiences and own yourself is the only other real contender for this. not a great but not a bad semifinal

canada_piano
canada_piano
3 months ago

no one:
not a single soul:

norway: hey, let’s send a Halloween song as a possible song for Eurovision!

Tom
Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  canada_piano

Germany did same in 2016

Lolek
Lolek
3 months ago

“Witch Woods” appeals to me, as does “Vi er Norge”. I would think one of those two seem more likely to win.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

“Smile” should win, yet according to the first 2 SF pattern, it’s likely “Vi er Norge” could win.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

The pattern I see so far is that the best staged song won both semis. Let’s see if it will happen again.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

In that case wotch woods could very well win this because the staging potential is big.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

That’s very possible, they can have a lot of fun staging this one!