Melodi Grand Prix 2021 is fast approaching its conclusion. But before things wrap up with the final in two week’s time, there’s the fifth and last semi-final to deal with.
The fifth semi takes place on Saturday 13 February. Following a nearly identical format to last year, four acts will compete for one highly coveted spot in the grand final. But which of the four entries is your favourite? Who should advance to the next stage of MGP 2021? In a new twist, the three eliminated acts will remain in contention for a wildcard slot.
You can listen to all four entries below and then vote for your favourite. You can pick as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once. So choose wisely!
Melodi Grand Prix 2021 — Semi-Final Five Songs
Ane.Fin – “Walking In My Sleep”
Songwriters: Ane Caroline Finstad (Ane.Fin), Niklas Rosström, Espen Andreas Fjeld, Kim Rune Hagen and Vebjørn Jernberg
From a background in a choir and as an event singer, Ane Caroline Finstad eventually started focusing on her own music. She has studied at the acclaimed LIMPI music school in Lillehammer where she gained the confidence to express herself in English. Ane.Fin has released several singles, including the recent release “Hurts”. One of the songwriters on her MGP entry “Walking In My Sleep” is semi-final four winner KIIM. Ane.Fi says “MGP should be fun and you should enjoy the music. I’m going to enjoy myself!”
TuVeia – “Bli med meg på gar’n”
Songwriters: Kristian Galaaen Bredalslien, Roar Galaaen Bredalslien, Bendik Johnsen, Torgeir Ryssevik, Carl-Henrik Wahl, Jonas Holteberg Jensen, Sindre Timberlid Jenssen and Sarah A. V. Johnston
TuVeia is a three-piece rap group made up of Roar Galaaen Bredalslien, Kristian Galaaen Bredalslien, Bendik Johnsen. They formed in 2013. Their song title translates as “Join me at the farm”. It promises to be mix of hip-hop farmers, an EDM producer, autotuned cow sounds, harmonica and a “unique Norwegian dialect”.
IMERIKA – “I Can’t Escape”
Songwriters: Erika Dahlen (IMERIKA), Bjørn Olav Edvardsen, Morten Franck and Ben Adams
Erika Dahlen already has a presence in MGP – she’s one of the songwriters on “Feel Again”, by directly qualified act Kaja Rode. Erika previously studied at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and now performs under the name IMERIKA. Her MGP entry “I Can’t Escape” looks at the struggles of moving on after a break-up. She says, “It felt right to participate with this song, and it is an interesting mismatch with me on this MGP stage.”
RIVER – “Coming Home”
Songwrtiers: Thomas Heiland, Lennart Karlsen, Magnus Claussen, Simen Meland Handeland and Tommy La Vardi
RIVER is a pop-country band and is made up of Thomas Heiland and Lennart Karlsen — father-in-law and son-in-law. Each of the men have long careers as singers, musicians and songwriters. Of their collaboration, Thomas says, “It was natural to work together. Lennart is an experienced musician and we clicked right away — we have done that since day one.”
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What is your favourite song? Is there a winner in the mix? Let us know in the comments.