Four more acts will compete in the third semi-final of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 on Saturday 30 January. That also means it’s time for another pre-qualified finalist to showcase their entry. Next up is MGP newcomer Kaja Rode, whose track “Feel Again” dropped just after midnight local time on Friday 29 January.

Kaja Rode will debut “Feel Again” live during the third semi-final of MGP 2021. The singer from Oslo will showcase her track as a prequalified finalist, without needing to compete alongside the other acts.

Kaja Rode “Feel Again” (Melodi Grand Prix 2021)

Kaja Rode is a 22-year-old singer from Oslo, Norway. Fans may recognise her from her appearance on season four of The Voice in 2017, when all of the judges turned around for her in the blind audition. Now, she is ready to develop her music career with MGP.

Songwriters: Magnus Martinsen, Mirjam Johanne Omdal, Andreas Gjone and Erika Dahlen

Kaja told NRK that she got very emotional when she found out that she would be appearing at MGP 2021:

“I had to cry a little. It was so overwhelming, but it was very fun.”

Kaja’s musical influences include pop superstars like Sia, John Legend and Sam Smith. As well, away from her music career, Kaja is a student at BI Norwegian Business School in Norway, where she studies retail management.

Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Semi-Final Three

As a pre-qualified finalist, Kaja Rode will perform “Feel Again” in exhibition live during the third semi-final of MGP 2021. Also performing in the third semi-final, and competing for a spot in the final are:

  • Big Daddy Karsten – “Smile”
  • Dinaye – “Own Yourself”
  • Emmy – “Witch Woods”
  • Ole Hartz – “Vie er Norge”

The winner of Saturday’s semi-final will advance to the final where they will compete against Kaja Rode amongst others to represent Norway at Eurovision 2021. Currently, the MGP 2021 final lineup looks like this:

  • Atle Pettersen – “World on Fire”
  • Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – “Let Loose”
  • Kaja Rode – “Feel Again”
  • KEiiNO – “Monument”
  • Raylee – “Hero”
  • Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open”
  • Stavangerkameratene – “Barndomsgater”
  • TIX – “Ut av mørket”

Also, the acts who don’t progress through Saturday’s semi-final will have another chance to reach the final in the second chance round on Monday 15 February, where one more act will make it through.

What do you think of “Feel Again”? How does it weigh up against the other MGP finalists? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Kyler
Kyler
3 months ago

I feel that this song is better when heared live. I guess they needed a ballad for the finals that’s why they chose her.

But for me as of now, the qualifiers and prequalifiers from semi final 1 and 2 are better than this song.
Hopefully the staging would elevate this and she can hit those notes.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

I don’t like it.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Me too. Always the same “over the top”-song, Houston and Carey-wannabe, meanwhile from almost every country,meh….
Next please.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
3 months ago

I love the instrumentalisation! Sure, it’s nothing new, but well produced and with a great climax in the end. Give her an elegant yet vulnerable staging and I’m completely fine…

Marc
Marc
3 months ago

I really like this and I think she will ‘Wow’ it live with her voice. I think she will change a few opinions when she performs live.

Una
Una
3 months ago

Much better songs need to qualify for the final. Much better than this one. I am disappointed. Still enjoying my Eurovision.

DonutLover
DonutLover
3 months ago

Decent song but it’s far from being a direct finalist imo…
Vocaly pleasant (it’s a studio version tho) but instrumental is very “been there done that” kind.
I don’t see it as a contender for the win!

Kris
Kris
3 months ago

Lol, I read comments on Kaja’s YouTube page and all of them were showering praises. And I went in my head ” are we listening to the same song ” ?

It’s not bad of course . But the multiple changes in genre , and the repetitive lyrics take this song out of the competition for me . I definitely think some of the semi songs were better.

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

This is not a bad number. There is a nice piano arrangement, Kaja has some exceptional vocal ability towards the end and it has a happy, uplifting vibe. Lyrically, it is not very exciting and for me it doesn’t have any major emotional pull. It is not the best entry from Norway so far, but it deserves a place in the final.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

It sounds like a song i’d imagine alicja szemplinska would send this year to esc.

Mr X
Mr X
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I didn´t like Poland last year.

Grft
Grft
3 months ago

Okay this is really good ??

Alo
Alo
3 months ago

It’s ok.. Maybe the staging will elevate it.
For now it’s Tix VS Keiino.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago

Kaja sounds like a very good vocalist and the song allows her to show different qualities of her voice. But I’m not sure about how they produced the track. In the climax for example, the backing vocals carry the lyrics by themselves for too long. Without them performing live, it’s just someone showing off her voice while the song goes on in the back ground.

YEHAW
YEHAW
3 months ago

Good song, seems like the trend with new music these days is that the song doesn’t really “grow” at the end. Kinda liking this new style!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago

This is actually good. I wish her luck

ImFromRomania
ImFromRomania
3 months ago

so nice , very big surprise,in a very good way!

Last edited 3 months ago by ImFromRomania
Jake
Jake
3 months ago

Wow. This is very Eurovision 90s lady sings fast ballad vibe. I’m shocked this got a direct place in final but I guess MGP needed to fill the female big voice ballad quota and we haven’t had one yet. It doesn’t offend me but it doesn’t touch me either.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix is so strong this year; I’m actually getting worried about Sweden’s Melodifestivalen!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

It’s as if the songwriters weren’t told whether they were being asking to write a song for Destiny Chukunyere or Alicja Szempli?ska so just tried to satisfy both. It’s alright!
I’m still waiting for these *four* potential ESC-winning songs. I don’t know whether they’re just saving them all for last or something?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Well, yes. You basically just described my entire songwriting life: trying to cater for any possible artist who might want to sing it. 😀

Janet
Janet
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

One of the is monument . Not sure about the other 3? Perhaps Rein Alexander?

simply put, a duck
simply put, a duck
3 months ago
Reply to  Janet

It’s a decent song. Is it practically a potential winner song though?

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I don’t think he said esc winning potential, but that 4 songs can win MGP

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Oh funny I just mentioned that in my comment without seeing yours xD
It must be the truth then 😀

Sale
Sale
3 months ago

This is one of the best selections in the past 5 years, so many good songs and so much diversity! Congrats Norway.

Sale
Sale
3 months ago

Off topic.. Arcade is now the most streamed Eurovision song EVER with more then 172.5 million streams surpassing Soldi

Zheng
Zheng
3 months ago

I like! She has nice voice

Max
Max
3 months ago

I personally like it a lot. Classy. Dramatic. Kind of retro.  It sounds a tad too much like a Leona Lewis album filler. But I am excited to see how it comes a acoss live. She was very strong on The Voice.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

oh my gaad this is my favorite song so far!! i hope she can deliever well live!!

Janet
Janet
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Agreed ! She can deliver well live, go check out her performance of “listen” and “I’m every woman” at The Voice Norway 🙂 she sounds as good (if not better) than studio

Janet
Janet
3 months ago

Absolutely love this! Her vocal is fantastic and I know this will be epic live . Definitely a contender for the gold final