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. 

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dxi
dxi
2 months ago

It’s actually quite good, but I do prefer ”One Last Time”. It’s Keiino for me this year.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I don’t know what ‘party’ this is suppose to be for…maybe some kind of theme song for a political party? I really thought Rein was going to continue to bring this viking schlager vibe again, but I guess he was just playing dress up last year and now he’s moved onto some DC comic villain musical number

Rumah Dara
Rumah Dara
2 months ago

I can imagine that this would be sounds more epic in live stage. Yes it was pretty disappointed to hear the song since i put such a high hopes on Rein’s entry. We’ll see and still it’s an interesting song

Borisian
Borisian
2 months ago

Not bad at all. Better than last year. Sounds a bit too much like it’s trying to be a Bond theme. Third place for me so far.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

I don ‘t like this song from Rein . I expected a better song from Kjetil Morland. I think that Keiino can win again. I like their song. Other songs I like are:  TIX, KiiM, and I hope that Imerika will make it to the final. I like her song very much.

Max
Max
2 months ago

I did not expect something iek this from Kjetil Morland, but I think it perfectly suits Rein Alexander. This will come alive on stage. Rein is a powerful vocalist.

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
2 months ago

‘Birds flying high, you know how I feel…’ Oh, wait!

Ivar
Ivar
2 months ago

OK. So it is Keiino again for Eurovision.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago

I expected something else. :/

Anyway, I think TIX should win this

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

It would certainly be interesting if Norway, Denmark, Sweden, two or three of them go with songs in their national languages. If nothing, it would be a change of pace for them.

Last edited 2 months ago by Colin
hshdhs
hshdhs
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Tix confirmed he’d translate to English if he wins.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  hshdhs

If so, that is the reason why I will not vote for him. It’s a nice song, but I want to know what I’m voting for. I can make some excuses for Albanian or Serbian performers who later decide to switch to English, because their selections forbid them from doing so in the first place. However, to translate the winning song from any national final that allows lingual diversity feels illogical. People should know which song they are picking.

Anthony Robinson
Anthony Robinson
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

He’s performing the song in English in the NF.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Okay then. But he’ll have to wow me in a short period, as I’ll listen to it only once before voting. I hope he knows what he’s doing and that the English version is as good, or better than the Norwegian one.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
2 months ago

One Last Time was better in my opinion, but I also like Eyes Wide Open. Idk why, but Eyes Wide Open somehow reminds me of Uku Suviste’s Pretty Little Liars, but with a mix of Efendi’s Cleopatra.

Kalla
Kalla
2 months ago

Well I have conflicting feelings about this. Its a good song, nowhere as good as last year though, feels like he’s lost his schlagger edge with his, which was his selling point in my opinion. And with that, I can breathe a sigh of relief and can’t see anything in keiino’s way now to win! I thought Rein may have been their biggest competition (especially being the last to be released), but can’t see him beating them with his. See you in Rotterdam KEiiNO!

Hector
Hector
2 months ago

I enjoy it a lot, but still doesn’t change my two top spots. TIX (only if he sings in Norwegian – I don’t trust that English version he’s got in his sleeve) and Keiino are still my favourites from this (amazing, I have to say) national final.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago

Ok now I can say it, KEiiNO has to go to Rotterdam. Kim is great too but not memorable enough.

Albert
Albert
2 months ago

After to listen all songs my favorite is the same as the begging:
1. Keiino
2. Raylee
3. Imerika (Is probably that she win this SF)
4. TIX
5. Atle Pettersen
6. Emmy
7. Blåsemafian
8. Kaja Rode
9. Stavangerkameratene
10. KiiM
11. Rein Alexander

I Hope the last semifinal would be between: faith Bloody Faith and psycho

Last edited 2 months ago by Albert
Kalla
Kalla
2 months ago
Reply to  Albert

It’s between faith bloody faith and pages for me!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Rein Alexander is great but I don’t like the song that much, not in Eurovision anyway.

My top 3:

1 MONUMENT
2 Let Loose
3 Ut av mørket

I’m holding my breath for “Faith Bloody Faith” coming thru Siste Sjanse. 

Una
Una
2 months ago

“The Eye of Horus”? Really? Don’t you know what happened last year? Whispering: “the pharaoh’s revenge because of the SGI Buddhist mantra”? Shhhhhhhh …

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

Lyrically I find this very disappointing, indeed frustrating. The sentiment is of course important but if you’re going to tackle such a subject, you have to offer more than just wanting to wake up with “eyes wide open”. To what exactly? And in what way is that going to make things better? Ambiguity works in certain situations but not here, on such a fundamental part of our human existence – without a clearly articulated message it comes across as empty words like “love, love, peace, peace” Plus I miss the electronic-led uplift of One Last Time. All in all, this… Read more »

OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
2 months ago

No thanks. TIX remains my winner.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
2 months ago

TIX? LMAO easily the worst song of the bunch.

KarmaLeon
KarmaLeon
2 months ago

Mmmmmmm … im quiet dissapointed…
raylee for Rotterdam i hope ..

Last edited 2 months ago by KarmaLeon
Adam
Adam
2 months ago

Party Song?…..No (But a great track with cool elements – kinda reminds me of something Take That would release)

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago

the song is a dumpster fire, but his persona works amazingly for eurovision. he sorta looks effortlessly cool and pulls off that dodgy style of his easily.

CEs
CEs
2 months ago

Wow, i love the first 30 seconds, but I was a bit dissapointed where the song goes after that. I mean it’s a great song, but I expected more after the first 30 secs . His voice is amazing and the performance will probably lift the song, however i’m not sure whether that will be enough for a victory. But, I would love to see this in Rotterdam.

Musimak
Musimak
2 months ago

Surprised > verses are not that original but the chorus is quite contemporary compared to what he did last time. Not bad at all….

NickC
NickC
2 months ago

I quite like it. I was hoping that it would be be the best by far, as I wanted Morland to go Rotterdam as it initially was planned, but alas, it is not a clear winner. I think it will be a close race between Raylee, Keiino, Rein, Emmy and Immerika.

Janet
Janet
2 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Emmy is definitely not a contender to win, sorry

Alo
Alo
2 months ago

It’s good but not amazing.. The staging will elevate it for sure.
For now i’m in team keiino.

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

I’m not really impressed by this… Well if things go well on Saturday, my top11 for the final will be: 1. IMERIKA 2. KEiiNO 3. Kaja Rode 4. Emmy 5. Raylee 6. Blåsemafian 7. Stavangerkameratene 8. TIX 9. Atle Pettersen 10. KiiM 11. Rein Alexander However I think the winner will be either KEiiNO or TIX. I hope IMERIKA will deliver and surprise us though, that studio version is so good. I think this is a really really strong selection. Much stronger than last year (even if I probably prefer Attention to any of these ahah). I like all songs… Read more »

Mircs
Mircs
2 months ago
Reply to  Grft

Go IMERIKA!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

After those dissapointing Melodifestivalen snippets this sounded a lot better. Will fit well into the final of MGP!

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

This one is clearly a performance piece and not a song aiming for the charts, so we’ll have to wait to see what they planned in terms of staging to have an idea of how competitive it can actually be. Even if fails to impress, I like when people try more theatric things in national finals. And I think it’s cool that Morland never repeats himself. For now, what I can say is that I’m always up for a Bond theme vibe and Rein’s vocals have lots of character.

Anita
Anita
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I don’t need to express myself. You seem to know my thoughts and put it into words better than I could do it. hihi.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Anita

I would be scared if I felt like this. 😛 Had you like IMERIKA’s song too?

Anita
Anita
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I am so scared, hihi. Yes, IMERIKA it is in this semi, I hope she can convey the song live!

Last edited 2 months ago by Anita
Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Rein has such a great voice and energy. These lyrics feel very deep and heavy. On first listening, I am more drawn to the lyrical than musical aspect, though. The chorus is okay, but so far, I miss a bigger hook, maybe. Still, good luck, Rein! MGP will be a hard NF for me to rank and rate, because most songs are somewhat within the similar range of quality, or shall we say, they all offer different experiences. So, I guess that personal impact will have more to say here, considering there are no objective duds. I assume my list… Read more »

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Looking forward to seeing your list, Colin!

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Thanks, Lebanese esc fan! I guess I might post that one on Wiwi, then. Maybe under the ”Who should win” or ”Wiwi jury picks” articles. Hope you’ll like it (or at least enjoy in it, even if your ranking is different). That said, I’d be happy to see your (and as many more) rankings / ratings / reviews as well. 😉

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Can’t wait for your list, Colin! Aiming for mine on Sunday morning. Hope to see yours sometime soon after that. 😉

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I can’t wait to see your list as well. It’s an interesting NF, and I already see many different opinions online. It will be cool to read yours. Mine will probably be done in a week or so. Tomorrow I’m totally about Dora – voting and rearranging my post-NF list. That might be done on Sunday. 😉

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago

Imerika or Raylee for the win please <3 If Imerika does a great performance on Saturday I think she may win, because as soon as I heard I thought this is the winner.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I really hope IMERIKA can deliver, because I loved the studio version.

Lollipop ESC
Lollipop ESC
2 months ago

James Bond …..is that your misplaced theme song? If yes, give Rein Alexander a call.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

That decides it. My favorite in Norway is TIX. I hope the English version will hold up because I think I like the song especially because it’s in Norwegian. Tricky situation. If that fails, I’m rooting for Atle. If that fails too, it’s ‘Monument’.

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago

Now that all the songs have been revealed, I’m really wondering who the 4 “potential esc winners” are. Perhaps KEiiNO, TIX, Raylee, and Imerika? But honestly, these strike me more as mgp rather than esc winners.

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago

I think he said four potential mgp winners and not eurovision.
but I agree I think one of these four will win. My first choice would be Imerika, the second Raylee. Keiino and Tix have their qualities but for me are not working as full packages (staging of both is quite bad, especially Tix’s and the production of Monument is quite dated and too schlager for my taste even tho I do enjoy it)..

Last edited 2 months ago by Erasmus
Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

notchu calling monument’s production dated and then stanning zero… i doubt they considered raylee a potential winner based on the song alone, hence why they didn’t make her an automatic finalist. it’s the performance that made the song really.

lol
lol
2 months ago

she rejected the offer of being an automatic finalist

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  lol

Really? That’s interesting. Admirable, but risky.

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago

well, I would not call Hero dated it’s inspired by 80′ and yes it’s not current, but it is modern, while Keiino is neither :/ Agree that Hero probably won’t win tho, but for me it’s a perfect package – very well produced song, amazing stage and a great and attractive performer. Keiino is well produced, staging is lacking a lot, and they have great voices but I feel their charisma/performance is quite forced and calculated, and sometimes I do cringe when watching it. Still I love them and Monument is a good song, but I think there are better… Read more »

Ivar
Ivar
2 months ago

I very much doubt that Raylee will be in the top 4

Lolek
Lolek
2 months ago

It’s catchy!! I really enjoy it. I suspect it will be a top 4-5 finisher for me at MGP.