Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix has been entertaining us for weeks. After Blåsemafian feat. Hazel, Raylee and Emmy won the first three semis, we landed in Oslo (well, digitally) once more for Semi-Final 4. Four acts sang on the impressive Fornebu stage. After two duels and a final showdown, KiiM emerged victorious with “My Lonely Voice”.
Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2021 Semi-Final 4 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: “Pages” from Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup, “Alt det der” from Landeveiens Helter, “My Lonely Voice” from KiiM and “Circus” from Royane.
Duel 1: Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup vs Landeveiens Helter
The Sámi duo performed their emotional number “Pages” in a cloud of white fog. Marianne looked stunning in a fitted white pair of trousers with billowing top, which complemented Mikkel’s traditional Sámi outfit perfectly. His joiking felt spiritual and gave this song something extra special on Sámi National Day. Landeveiens Helter — most definitely not Norway’s newest boy band — gave us the feel of a live concert. But the utter lack of staging made them seem like a drunken cover act or tribute band rather than a new group ready to take Oslo by storm. Marianne & Mikkel turned a page and advanced to the next duel, while Landeveiens Helter will have to wait until Siste sjanse to see if they’ll sing another day.
Duel 2: KiiM vs Royane
KiiM let his voice do all the talking. He wore a burgundy coloured suit amid no-frills dark staging. He had us drunk with feels as he worked the full range of his register and his heart. Royane, on the other hand, brought the kitchen sink and the entire circus. She moved from fortune teller to ringmaster amid fire and people dressed as animals. It was entertaining. But ultimately understatement won the day and KiiM advanced to the next duel.
At this point, Atle Pettersen released his Melodi Grand Prix 2021 entry “World On Fire”. He opted for an all-red outfit with red lighting to convey his fire.
Final duel: Marianne & Mikkel vs KiiM
The two qualifiers from the first heat then battled for the tenth ticket to the MGP final. KiiM won a spot in the grand final, while Marianne & Mikkel took the ticket to Siste sjanse.
What do you think of the results? How will this “XX” fare in the grand final?