The Melodi Grand Prix 2021 wildcard round, the Siste sjanse, has taken place in Norway, and now the grand final line-up is complete. It’s been a long time coming. We started with six pre-qualified finalists. The winners of the five heats then took us to eleven. And tonight the 12th and final ticket went to the wildcard winner — Jorn, with the song “Faith Bloody Faith”.
The Siste sjanse show, held on 15 February, featured 15 pre-recorded performances from the semi-final shows. The running order was chronological based on when entries were eliminated. So the loser of the first duel of semi-final 1 went first, followed by the loser of the second duel in semi-final 1, followed by the loser of the gold duel in that semi. This repeated through each of the semi-finals.
On top of that, the hosts of the show were seen discussing the entries and the contest in the NRK Radio studio. The show was essentially a radio show. So naturally fans on social media found the three-hour special a bit lacking. But it was all worth it when the announcement finally rolled around. Eventually, we got a winner, and the final 12 were complete.
Melodi Grand Prix 2021: Sistesjansen Results
The betting odds’ favourite to win the show before February 15th was Stina Talling with her pop ballad “Elevate”. However, the fan favourite (according to our pre-show poll) was Jorn with the hard rock number “Faith Bloody Faith”. Due to being in semi-final one, the running order placed them in uncomfortable spots — #2 and #3 of 15, respectively. Jorn eventually overcame this obstacle and picked up enough votes to win the show.
Following criticism from fans and the media about the 2020 system of MGP, NRK made small tweaks to the show. While only one song still qualified from each semi-final, the Siste sjanse round gave another song a golden ticket. It also helped build drama and suspense, while keeping the public interested in the eliminated songs. This year the regional concept for the semi-finals was eliminated. This gave producers greater freedom to mix songs by genre and style, rather than by the artists’ hometown.
Who should win on Saturday? How will Jorn do in the final? Sound off in the comments below!