Norwegian trio KEiiNO are back in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix and hoping to once again earn the ticket to Eurovision following their televote win at Eurovision 2019. Recently, the group record an acoustic version of their MGP 2021 entry “Monument”.
KEiiNO – that’s Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo – have been one of the big favourites to win Melodi Grand Prix 2021 ever since they were announced to be returning to the Norwegian national final. Since the release of their pop-joik fusion track “Monument”, Eurofans have gone wild. Many are starting to believe that the Nordic trio could once again emerge victorious at MGP and return to the Eurovision stage to this time potentially win the whole thing.
However, while spirits might be running high in the sky, KEiiNO have recently taken the time to slow things down a touch and perform a stripped-back acoustic version of “Monument” on their YouTube channel.
KEiiNO – “Monument” (Acoustic)
For this acoustic rendition, KEiiNO visited their guitar-player’s cosy cabin in Haglebu, Norway. The wood might have been burning on the stove, but it was the group themselves that were on fire for this, as the description notes, “wine-fuelled version” of “Monument”.
With Tom also accompanying on his guitar, KEiiNO showed everyone watching that they do not need a huge production to still kill it. Joiking superstar Fred was on point with his Sami rap and Alexandra showed off her impressive pipes, proving she can still reach the highest of notes without any assistance needed.
KEiiNO showcased the full studio version of “Monument” live during semi-final one of MGP 2021.
The trio were deservedly given the opportunity of a direct pass to the MGP final after their huge success at Eurovision 2019 with “Spirit in the Sky”. KEiiNO won the public vote and finished sixth overall, giving them Norway’s best result at Eurovision since Margaret Berger’s fourth place in 2013.
They will join eleven other acts in the Melodi Grand Prix 2021 final on 20 February 2021.
What do you think of the acoustic version of “Monument”? Do you think KEiiNO will win Melodi Grand Prix once again? Let us know in the comments.