Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix is officially half-way over. After Blåsemafian feat. Hazel won the first semi-final and Raylee took the second, Semi-Final 3 took place on Saturday. Four acts sang on the impressive Fornebu stage. After two duels and a final showdown, Emmy emerged victorious. Her halloween-inspired performance of “Witch Woods” won the night — and a spot in the grand final.
Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2021 Semi-Final 3 Results
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 MGP 2021 final. The remainder of the acts go to the wildcard round (siste sjanse, or final chance) on February 15.
The competing songs and artists of the third semi-final were: “Own Yourself” by Dinaye, “Smile” by Big Daddy Karsten, “Vi er norge” by Ole Hartz, and “Witch Woods” by Emmy.
Duel 1: Dinaye vs Big Daddy Karsten
Ethiopian-Norwegian jazz-pop singer Dinaye performed her upbeat track “Own Yourself”. The youngster gave a funky red and gold performance that reminded some fans of Belgium’s Eurovision 2016 performance from Laura Tesoro. The MGP Junior alumnus ultimately lost the duel to Big Daddy Karsten’s uplifting song about a loving relationship that involves having sex with people outside of that relationship. Karsten spread the message of “Smile” with an impactful and very LGBT-friendly performance — it was all rainbows and dancing queens. He qualified for the final duel, while Dinaye advanced to Siste sjanse.
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Duel 2: Emmy vs Ole Hartz
Emmy’s fan favourite banger “Witch Woods” channelled Norse mythology and electro-swing vibes, with a TikTok-ready and Halloween-inspired performance. Ole Hartz delivered his Norwegian-language patriotic anthem “Vi er norge” and wowed the viewers with traditional dance routines and stage outfits. Emmy won the duel as the betting odds anticipated, while Ole Hartz moved on to Siste sjanse.
At this point, Kaja Rode debuted her strong piano-heavy track “Feel Again”. Her performance was an exercise in beautiful lights and stage production.
Final duel: Big Daddy Karsten vs Emmy
The two qualifiers from the first heat then battled in the battle for the ninth ticket to the MGP final. Big Daddy Karsten performed first, delivering a true gay anthem and showing real emotions. Emmy then gave the final performance of the night, and her song managed to beat Big Daddy Karsten’s “Smile”. She qualified to the final. Big Daddy Karsten won the ticket to Siste sjanse.
What do you think of the results? How will this “Witch Woods” fare in the grand final?