Already in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 semi-finals, three acts have earned a place in the grand final and four automatic finalists have performed their songs. Now broadcaster NRK has revealed the next four acts who will face the vote in Saturday’s fourth semi-final of MGP 2021. The competing acts are Landeveiens Helter, KiiM, Royane and Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup.
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Semi-Final 4 artists
Landeveiens Helter – “Alt det der”
Songwriters: Lars-Erik Blokkhus, Petter Bjørklund Kristiansen and Thor-Erik Claussen
They’re jokingly described as “Norway’s newest boyband” but Landeveiens Helter is a supergroup of Norwegian music legends – Rune Rudberg, Dag Ingebrigtsen, Lars Erik Blokkhus and Stian Staysman Thorbjørnsen. Three members have competed at MGP as solo artists, with Rune Rudberg a six-time MGP veteran. Dag Ingebrigtsen, however, will be the oldest MGP debutante. Their entry is their first single as a group and celebrates a long life, that despite some setbacks, has been worth living.
KiiM – “My Lonely Voice”
Songwriters: Kim Rune Hagen, Espen Andreas Fjeld, Vebjørn Jernberg and Niklas Rosström
KiiM — otherwise known as Kim Rune Hagen — got his start on Norwegian Idol in 2007 where he placed third. He performed with the group Spinning Foundation, took a break and pursued a career in real estate, then felt the call of music again. He has written his song, “My Lonely Voice” about his own experiences and feelings.
Royane – “Circus”
Songwriters: Royane Harkati
Royane is an upcoming singer-songwriter who is also making a name for herself on TikTok and Instagram where she is known for her style and humour. Royane is a woman of many talents, taking responsibility for the hair, makeup and styling in her music videos. Describing her MGP entry, she says “I like to surprise and I like to run concepts. I look forward to sharing everything I have worked on. It will be chaos, fun and mysterious.”
Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup – “Pages”
Songwriters: Vanessa Liftig, Robin Lynch, Marianne Pentha and Mikkel Gaup
Marianne Pentha and Mikkel Gaup are delivering the second joik entry into Melodi Grand Prix this year. Marienne got her start as a backing singer for country singers, but stepped into the spotlight in her own right on The Voice in 2012. She also provided the voice of Elsa in the Sami dub of Frozen 2.
Mikkel Gaup appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1987 film Veiviseren and has an international reputation as a joik performer. Of the MGP entry, Mikkel says “It is a dream come true. This is a small victory.” This weekend’s fourth semi-final also falls on Sámi National Day, a celebration of the Sami people.
The winner from the fourth 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”
- Emmy – “Witch Woods”
- Kaja Rode – “Feel Again”
- KEiiNO – “Monument”
- Raylee – “Hero”
- Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open”
- Stavangerkameratene – “Barndomsgater”
- TIX – “Ut av mørket”
As well, the 15 non-qualifying acts from the semi-finals will have one more chance to make the final with the wildcard special on 15 February.
What do you think? Which of the four semi-final 4 songs do you like? Should any of these songs be Norway’s pick for Eurovision 2021? Sound off below!