The fifth and final semi-final of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 is fast approaching. And with that, the sixth pre-qualified entry is set to land. Rein Alexander’s “Eyes Wide Open” will officially hit streaming services just after midnight local time on Friday 12 February. However, it has appeared on YouTube a few hours sooner.
As a pre-qualified finalist, the MGP fan favourite won’t have to compete to qualify from semi-final five. Instead, he has the opportunity to showcase “Eyes Wide Open” to audiences, a step ahead of his competitors in the bid to represent Norway at Eurovision 2021.
Rein Alexander “Eyes Wide Open” (Melodi Grand Prix 2021)
Rein Alexander made it to the final of MGP 2021 with his dance-pop anthem “One Last Time”. Despite a huge amount of fan support, Rein failed to progress to the superfinal. Fans expressed outrage at this after it was revealed that NRK used a backup 30-person jury to replace the public vote after the online voting system crashed. This year, Rein is hoping to take home the victory.
Songwriters: Rein Alexander Korshamn, Christian Ingebrigtsen and Kjetil Mørland
Rein Alexander has travelled the world exploring his musical style. Born and raised in Norway, the singer has lived and worked in Sweden, Iceland, Italy, the USA and the UK. He has received awards from prestigious music schools including the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts. Rein is also known for his appearances as Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables”, Shere Khan in “The Jungle Book” and Gaston in “Beauty and The Beast.”
In the press release for his MGP appearance, Rein Alexander told NRK:
“I have been looking forward to this for a year now. I have been lucky to be able to work with last year’s winners Christian Ingebrigtsen and Kjetil Mørland. Together we have made a great party song, with the message that we must take care of each other to have this joy of life every day.”
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Semi-Final Five
The fifth semi-final of MGP 2021 will see five artists perform.
Rein Alexander will showcase his track as a pre-qualified finalist. The four acts competing in semi-final one are:
- Ane.Fin – “Walking In My Sleep”
- TuVeia – “Bli med meg på gar’n”
- IMERIKA – “I Can’t Escape”
- RIVER – “Coming Home”
The winner of semi-final five will join Rein Alexander, five other pre-qualified artists and the four other semi-final winners in the MGP 2021 final. This is what the final lineup looks like right now:
- Atle Pettersen – “World on Fire”
- Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – “Let Loose”
- Emmy – “Witch Woods”
- Kaja Rode – “Feel Again”
- KEiiNO – “Monument”
- KiiM – “My Lonely Voice”
- Raylee – “Hero”
- Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open”
- Stavangerkameratene – “Who I Am”
- TIX – “Ut av mørket”
Also, the contenders who failed to qualify from their semi-finals will get another shot at the final in the second chance round on Monday 15 February. One more act will make it through. After that, we’ll have the full lineup of the MGP final.
What do you think of “Eyes Wide Open”? Which is your favourite MGP 2021 entry? Sound off in the comments below.