On the eve of the fourth semi-final of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021, the fifth of six pre-qualified tracks has been released. Atle Pettersen’s “World On Fire” dropped just after midnight local time on Friday 5 February.
The song will receive its live debut during the fourth semi-final of MGP 2021, on Saturday 6th February. Unlike the four other acts performing tomorrow night, Atle won’t compete for a spot in the final. Instead, he will exhibit “World On Fire” as a guaranteed finalist.
Atle Pettersen “World On Fire” (Melodi Grand Prix 2021)
Atle Pettersen is a 31-year-old singer-songwriter from Skien, Norway. His breakthrough came in 2010 when he appeared as a contestant on The X Factor Norway, releasing his debut single “Light On” in the same year. In 2011, he won the Norwegian version of Dancing With The Stars. Atle is also known for his work as the lead vocalist of Norwegian band The Scheen, who won the Emergenza Festival in 2014 – the world’s largest music competition for unsigned bands.
Songwriters: Atle Pettersen, Jesper Borgen, Magnus Clausen, Alexander Pavelich and Peter Daniel Newman
For the past four years, Atle has hosted the Norwegian musical variety show Beat For Beat. Now, he’s ready to develop his own music career. Atle told NRK of his excitement to bring “World On Fire” to the MGP stage:
“My whole life has been leading up to this moment. Finally, I will be on the MGP stage.”
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Semi-Final Four
As a pre-qualified finalist, Atle Pettersen will perform “World On Fire” live during the fourth semi-final of MGP 2021. Also performing in the fourth semi-final and competing for a spot in the final are:
- KiiM – “My Lonely Voice”
- Landeveiens Helter – “Alt det der”
- Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup – “Pages”
- Royane – “Circus”
The winner of Saturday’s semi-final will join Atle Pettersen in the final and compete to represent Norway at Eurovision 2021. So far, the MGP 2021 final lineup looks like this:
- 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 non-qualifying semi-finalists will get one last shot at the MGP final in the second chance round on Monday 15 February. One more act will make it through.
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