Melodi Grand Prix 2021 finalists

After five semi-finals and one second chance round, the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 is almost upon us. On Saturday 20 February Norway will choose its next Eurovision star (or stars).

Twelve acts have made it to the season finale. They include the five semi-final winners — Blåsemafian feat. Hazel, Raylee, Emmy, KiiM and IMERIKA. These are joined by six automatic-qualifiers — KEiiNO, TIX, Stavangerkameratene, Kaja Rode, Atle Pettersen and Rein Alexander. The final line-up was completed on Monday evening when Jorn won the mammoth 15-song Sistesjansen ‘Last Chance’ show.

But who should represent the Nordic nation in May? Which MGP finalist is your favourite? You can listen to all 12 acts below. You can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote one time — so choose wisely! The poll will close on Friday 19 February, the eve of the final. The results will be published soon after.

Melodi Grand Prix 2021 finalists

Atle Pettersen “World on Fire”

Pre-qualifier

Blåsemafian feat. Hazel “Let Loose”

Semi-final one winners

Emmy “Witch Woods”

Semi-final three winner

IMERIKA “I Can’t Escape”

Semi-final five winner

Jorn “Faith Bloody Faith”

Sistesjansen winner

Kaja Rode “Feel Again”

Pre-qualifier

KEiiNO “Monument”

Pre-qualifiers

KiiM “My Lonely Voice”

Semi-final four winner

Raylee “Hero”

Semi-final two winner

Rein Alexander “Eyes Wide Open”

Pre-qualifier

Stavangerkameratene “Barndomsgater” (Who I Am)

Pre-qualifiers

TIX “Ut av mørket” (Out Of The Dark)

Pre-qualifier

Poll: Who should win Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021?

Who should win? Who will win? Share your MGP 2021 thoughts and predictions below.

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rumpel
rumpel
2 months ago

It’s a tie between Jorn and Keiino for me personally. Was very enthusiastic to see Rein’s performance this year but it left me a little cold. Feel Again and World on Fire sound to me like something the Swedes would do, albeit much better. And I really don’t understand all the hype about Tix, he’s just the current incarnation of godawful musician who’s hated by critics but inexplicably popular, mostly because kids adore him; basically the new Staysman, except Staysman knows his place, just wants to have fun and revels in making music as a tribute to bad taste. Tix… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by rumpel
Sergod Legendzarev
Sergod Legendzarev
2 months ago

Team TIX

Okt
Okt
2 months ago

I’M NOT VERY KEINO ON MONUMENTS

You
You
2 months ago

MGP and UMK are facing the same problem this weekend, there are that many good songs to choose from that someone’s favourite won’t make it, since neither final is a one horse race. Speaks about the good quality both have this year.

Let’s just all be respectul with our comments here, the winning songs in both countries are going to be great, although it might not be your favourite!

Baykostar
Baykostar
2 months ago

This must be the best pre-selection ever in Eurovision history. Raylee and Atle are my favorites although so many good entries are already eliminated in the semi’s.

ALas
ALas
2 months ago
Reply to  Baykostar

Last year’s ‘Pabandom iš naujo!’ was also super strong, I’m torn between these two

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Hopefully Keino will NOT win = OVERRATED
TIX, Raylee, Emy, Kiim, Atle, Imerika

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Agree! I am team Tix

Lena
Lena
2 months ago

KEiiNO “Monument” is so overrated !

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago
Reply to  Lena

Absolutely. IMERIKA would be a so much better choice.

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago

Much love for TIX! My #1 . Don’t like Keiino at all – nothing special about the song apart from their video and thats only because of amazing landscape and beautiful Norways nature, not the song.

SHAUUNZERS
SHAUUNZERS
2 months ago

In a normal year, San Marino would invest in pitching KEiiNO if they didn’t win.

Last edited 2 months ago by SHAUUNZERS
Anhel
Anhel
2 months ago

If Keiino’s song wins, it’s going straight to N.1 of my top Eurovision entries this year; sorry Discotheque

Anhel
Anhel
2 months ago

If only Norway could distribute the losing songs among less fortunate countries.

Musimak
Musimak
2 months ago
Reply to  Anhel

lol sad but true ! Norway is so good this year. The difference shocked me too. Don’t know why but if my country sends somthing like TIX with wings i find it sad and ridiculous, but when it’s norway it’s fun and pro even when it’s bad. Biais.

Teddy
Teddy
2 months ago
Reply to  Anhel

Denmark could really use some help rn

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddy

Yes, please!

Denmark hasn’t picked yet but could you lend us Imerika if she should not win? Or in case of her win… anyone else in the top 4 really?

We have nothing to offer this year. Sadly a solid performance of a subpar song is really the best we can hope for.

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 months ago

1) IMERIKA
2) Raylee
3) Atle
4) Emmy
5) KEiiNO

I’d be fine with any of those songs going to Eurovision!

Daniel
Daniel
2 months ago

My Top 3: 1. Imerika 2. Tix 3. KeiiNo
I think it will be between KeiiNo and either Emmy, Imerika, or Raylee for the top 2 spot, Tix would be here if he stayed in Norwegian for the final.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

I picked TIX, KEiiNO, and Emmy just off of personal preference, though I do think KEiiNO is being overrated by everyone else just a little bit though.

Among the best in the final? Sure. Should it be more than double the second highest result? That I’m not so sure of…. Is it the “only acceptable option” as some people are arguing? Certainly not! Norway would do great with most of these.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

My top 3:

1 MONUMENT
2 Faith Bloody Faith
3 Let Loose

I’m so happy Faith Bloody Faith is there! THANK YOU NORWAY!

Etienne Micallef
Etienne Micallef
2 months ago
  1. Keiino
  2. Atle
  3. Raylee
Yes
Yes
2 months ago

For me it has to be IMERIKA. My second place is Rein, but that staging is not as good as it could be. Raylee could slay at ESC though.

I also like Kaja Rode, TiX, Emmy and Atle’s songs, but I think those would struggle more to qualify.

Btw, I think if KEiiNO wins, it will be the annual fan favourite song which flops just after rehearsals start in Rotterdam. Remember what happened to Tamta, Gianna Terzi, or Equinox.

Last edited 2 months ago by Yes
Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Yes

People said KEiiNO would be the fan flop in 2019 and they ended up winning the televote.

SHAUUNZERS
SHAUUNZERS
2 months ago

Preach.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

They had better song!

EProduc
EProduc
2 months ago

MGP once again outdid itself this year, even with the pandemic going on. I can’t lie and must say that I would be devastated if KEiiNO didn’t get the trophy. Don’t forget that they won the televote two years ago with Spirit in the Sky which in my opinion is the weaker song when you compare it to Monument. I could see Monument score well with both the juries and the televote if they improve on visuals and staging a bit more. I couldn’t see a top 10 spot with any other MGP entry, even though this year has been… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Deserving of trophy – Keiino, Kiim, Imerika. My choice – Imerika.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The ones with the weird capitalization. Except Tix.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You’re funny.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Same. Keiino already had their chance. Need some fresh blood.

Ifty
Ifty
2 months ago

Norway did not come to play this year.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

I will be surprised if Keiino run away with this one, especially considering how popular TIX is, plus take into account the online video campaigns of Jorn and Blåsemafia. However, my personal winner is KeiiNO, so I do hope this poll is right. It’s also great to see so much love for Raylee out there. 🙂

Kris
Kris
2 months ago

My Top 12 : 1) I can’t escape ( needs better staging though at ESC ) 2) Ut av morket (I don’t dislike the staging , but yes it’ll be a meme at ESC , juries would shun it) 3) Monument (could use better staging ) 4) Witch Woods ( could use more charisma ) 5) Hero ( could use better vocals , staging is on fire ) 6) Let loose ( could use more vocals ) 7) World on Fire 8) Eyes Wide open 9) Faith Bloody Faith ( not a genre I like ) 10) Who I am… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Kris
Achipav
Achipav
2 months ago

KEiiNO 1000000%. good luck from Cyprus!!!

Last edited 2 months ago by Achipav
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

I could totally see which woods go tik tok viral or become really popular with a nightcore version like rockefeller street btw.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Which woods?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Sherwood Forest. Oops, sorry, wrong legend. (That was a bit left-field, wasn’t it?)

Last edited 2 months ago by Purple Mask
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Left field is where I live 😛

Matt Church
Matt Church
2 months ago

Very impressed with MGP this year, Norway is going to be strong whoever wins this weekend…. personally I would like to see either TIX or Jorn win.

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt Church

Nice, also my Top 2 🙂

Piet
Piet
2 months ago

Keiino. Full stop. It is the only real contender able to win ESC. Raylee sounds okay but is very 80’s and won’t go down well with the jury I think. TIX’s song is okay as well but his presentation is too ridiculous for words. Keiino for Norway 2021 therefore!

Last edited 2 months ago by Piet
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

KEiiNO. Unambiguously, emphatically, absolutely.

MGP 2021 is a strong selection though. Whoever wins will have done well to triumph.

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

This is going to be such a great final. Norway have really done a good job in their national finals and barring Emmy’s Witch Woods (which I don’t believe is appropriate given it’s stereotypical depiction of witches – which do exist btw) every song deserves its place in the final. My order of preference is as follows: 1. KEiiNO – the song is epic, exactly what Eurovision is all about. 2. TIX – a great modern pop song with a catchy hook and striking presentation 3. IMERIKA – an honest and delicate portrayal of mental health problems 4. Raylee –… Read more »

Kris
Kris
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Same Top 3. I do like witch woods too

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago
Reply to  Kris

I am developing a massive internal struggle with Witch Woods. The instrumentation is very catchy and stuck in my head yet I really despise the lyrical content. If I could forget the words, I think I might actually really enjoy it!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

It’s the chop-chopping boys lyric I don’t like. I don’t think even resentment of the patriarchy is enough to justify murder. I’m sure that if the genders had been reversed, it would not be allowed.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I am loving this analysis. Not joking. Not an ounce of sarcasm.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

I mean, overall, I do like the song. It’s not about actual witches. It’s a feminist anthem – referring back to a time when intelligent women were literally burned at the bonfire as witches for not playing wife. Now the witches are fighting back.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Perfect Jonas !

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

I do think that it’s perhaps a bit early for KEiiNO to return after achieving such a big score both in quality and result-wise. Still, Monument is a song you don’t let go. It’s likely another top ten result from Norway, as the song has both an incredible team behind it and a large fanbase. Another part of me thinks it should be Raylee. She has a catchy and seductive tune. Sure, she could collide with Albina, Natalia and perhaps Efendi, but it is a style that could be accessible enough for many to thrive. She also had one of… Read more »

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It is tricky. I also believe that I might like TIX’ song in no small part because I enjoy the Norwegian language. I downgraded the Stavanger guys because of their English lyrics. But with TIX we only have the Norwegian one, so that’s what I based my decision on. But I do believe that TIX should release the English version before the final, it’s the only fair thing to do. Not gonna lie: I am worried about the English lyrics.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Agreed. TIX’s song has an enjoyable melody and that part will probably stay unchanged. I also assume that, much like Stavanger’s song, it won’t feature bad lyrics in English. I do believe it will be a fine product in any case. However, having a ”fine product” doesn’t always cut it, unless there is something with an IT factor behind it. Also, I believe that he should change the staging or incorporate some of that imagery in his English lyrics. The Norwegian lyrics are all about a romantic love, yet the staging feels like a completely different story. Edit: Okay, I… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Colin
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I don’t quite know what to think of the staging, but I can definitely say that I enjoyed his performance a lot. I really fancy his voice and way of singing and since he is wearing sunglasses and therefore doesn’t directly connect with the viewers, I think he needs an outrageous staging. I also think the way he chose to style himself fits him well.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

I mean he is a good singer song writer even in english. Apparently he partly wrote Ava Max’s ‘sweet but psycho’.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Wow, Colin. That is all exactly how I feel about it. Just one thing to add: I was a “wind band kid” when I grew up, so Blåsemafian has a special place in my heart as well; I love “Let Loose” – but it’s not as big a song as “Monument” is; you’re exactly right – you don’t just walk away from “Monument!”

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I really like Let Loose as well. It’s perhaps tricky to have a song with a main oomph in solo instrumental, but it’s a really cool song and their performance is staged to a T. I wouldn’t be unhappy with them winning either, TBH. But yeah, Monument is THE choice.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

#1995

Andi
Andi
2 months ago

It’s hard to make a Top 12 here as these are all really good songs. But this would be mine:
1 Jorn
2 TiX
3 Atle Pettersen
4 Emmy
5 Rein Alexander
6 Raylee
7 KiiM
8 Keiino
9 Kaja Rode
10 Blåsemafian feat. Hazel
11 Imerika
12 Stavangerkameratene

PuppetOnAString
2 months ago
Reply to  Andi

Thank you for not overrated KEiiNO

Yudhistira Mahasena
2 months ago

The easiest answer for this is that Keiino – “Monument” is my winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2021. I won’t lie – I’m biased to Keiino and their MGP 2021 entry since the first listen. “Monument” is one of the songs you can dance to, but the lyrics are actually sad, like some of my favorite K-pop songs that are like that. As a K-pop fan myself, I can relate to the song – sounds happy but is actually sad. I also get “Running” by Sandro Nicolas vibes by imagining intense dance choreography to this EDM ballad. Fred Buljo’s Northern… Read more »

Una
Una
2 months ago

My favourite for the win is “Faith Bloody Faith”. It does have a retro vibe but established performers do what they are passionate about. And they do it well!! This song would certainly be one of a kind in the whole ESC. Genuine quality – musically and lyrically. Performers not trying too hard. Just *being there and singing and playing instruments* so to speak. As opposed to tired and over-produced and over-polished and OTT staging. So, I am rooting hard for “Faith Bloody Faith” to win in Norway. Saturday is already very busy. I am hoping somehow that different time… Read more »

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Same

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Andi

Great!!

ESC8
ESC8
2 months ago

I think Keiino are the ones to watch. I am not excluding anyone but if they keep the golden duel thing (a final round of voting between 2 songs, like in 2018-2020) then Keiino will be unbeatable should they reach the gold duel, but I think that the only case that they wouldn’t reach the gold duel is if something happens with the televotes. So unless something like that happens, any other act against them I believe that it’s gonna lose. So I think Keiino have it in the bag. TIX could also be the one due to his popularity… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  ESC8

We thought Nina was going to win Dora, but we all know that didn’t happen. Pre-final buzz isn’t going to win you the national final. It Is the quality of your performance on the night that will. I think Monument is the best song of his final, and that is my pic for Norway’s winner, but you never know what’s gonna happen on Saturday.

Last edited 2 months ago by BadWoolfGirl
Hector
Hector
2 months ago

Tix, Keiino, Atle, Imerika, any of these I will be more than satisfied with if they end up winning. Even Blasemafian or Raylee are not bad options either for me. Damn, Norway is STRONG this year!

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago

1) Emmy
2) KEiiNO
3) Raylee
4) Kaja

Give me some sassy mystery for Rotterdam please ^^ Also “bear pong is not what it seems” gets my price for the best word play 2021 so far.

Nya
Nya
2 months ago

I love keiino sm! Still a bit afraid that they might not win though

Andi
Andi
2 months ago
Reply to  Nya

If I was rooting for Keiino I would be very chilled 😉
Just look at the poll results

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

I’m clearly not the target audience for MGP, that has become clear over the last few weeks, two thirds of my favourites were eliminated in the semis and I still don’t really warm to any of the automatic qualifiers, some of them I like a little more, but overall I would vote for none of them in May. That leaves me with two songs in this final that I actually like: “Let Loose” is a lot of fun, I like the brass, I like Hazels vocal, it could be a moment on the big stage, but I still feel a… Read more »

Sander
Sander
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

They are playing live in the semi final performance and will also do that in the national finale tomorrow ^^ I know they will go full at being allowed to play live also in Eurovision if they would represent Norway – but if that will actually happen is another story..

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

1. Imerika
2. Keiino
3. Kaja Rode
Please!

Guest
Guest
2 months ago

Imerika but I’m 99% sure keiino will win. I do like their song btw :).

hhhh
hhhh
2 months ago

I feel awful for not liking KEiiNO, I find the song so bland and outdated.

KRM
KRM
2 months ago

Raylee or Keiino

Bart
Bart
2 months ago

I listened to every song, with objective to the vocals but must say..
KEiiNO must win! Wow stunning

Kyler
Kyler
2 months ago

My top 4

Keiino
Imerika
Tix
Raylee

Any of those four will give Norway a good finish in the finals

Maxim
Maxim
2 months ago

This is a very hard decision.

There are so many good entries, so it’s very sad knowing that there will be only one winner. There are at least four entries that I want to see at the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam.

I’m a little torn when it comes to KEiiNO. I love them, I think their entry is fantastic and I would love to see them on the Eurovision stage again, but at the same time, I would love to see someone else competing for Norway this time.

Yannis
Yannis
2 months ago

According to the streams in Spotify Tix song has 1 more million streams than Keiino song and both released the same time. Plus Tix has a very big fan following as he is a big pop star in Norway. Where on the other side Keiino are popular too but gets streams and popularity from abroad that does not going to translate in votes on the night

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

Actually, it might as voting is open to registered members worldwide. The question has been raised on whether it’s fair, but it is available regardless. So, KEiiNO’s established fanbase within ESC community might have a big part in it, unless NRK decide to change the rules for the finals. That said, I assume that aside hardcore ESC fans, nobody knows that info, so there is a big chance that over 90% of votes will indeed come from Norway.

Yannis
Yannis
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Do you know how can someone vote if it’s out of Norway?

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

You use the website here: https://www.nrk.no/stem/mgp/ You need to make an account of course, but that just requires your e-mail address, and it’s pretty easy to navigate through, even if you don’t read Norwegian. Like Colin said, it is open to people worldwide, but most votes will be from Norway. For some perspective, there are viewing figures available. The most viewed show so far was the first semi final, which had a total 784,000 viewers, 31,000 of which watched it through the NRK stream, the other 753,000 watched it on TV. Those 31,000 stream viewers can be from anywhere, including… Read more »

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

Looking at previous years, having a huge following in Norway doesn’t automatically translate into votes either. In previous years, we’ve had Staysman & Lazz, Freddy Kalas and Vidar Villa, all of whom were easily the most famous people competing, and none of them won. (Although two of them definitely came close)
I’m not trying to say TIX has no chance of winning, but I wouldn’t declare it an easy win for him just because all the kids listen to him on Spotify.

rumpel
rumpel
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan1994

Because they’re all pretty awful. It’s like you said, all the kids listen to them on Spotify but that doesn’t mean the viewers will vote for them. It sort of boggles the mind how a legend like Jorn — probably the biggest musical export Norway has had next to A-ha — had to qualify (and just barely made it in), but a tacky afterski music artist like Tix gets a free pass to the finale because he’s so hot right now, despite never making anything a reviewer hasn’t hated.

SpaceyDacey
SpaceyDacey
2 months ago

I don’t know why many people are hyping up about TiX honestly. Personally it’s not even Top 5 for me and I do have a suspicion it would be a NQ for Norway should it win. KEiiNO and Raylee have some of the best and polished songs. Raylee needs to work a bit on the live vocals but other than that it brings an 80s vibe to the stage. KEiiNO is basically a polished song, (just needs better staging), different sounds and mixture. Much better than Spirit of the Sky. Jorn is one of my absolute favourite and pity it’s… Read more »

Jonathan Laurin
Jonathan Laurin
2 months ago

Emmy is the best She has the full package and should win.
And I know she will be totally underrated but I love her and the song. My winner

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

She’s a great witch. I also like her a lot. Chop chop.

rumpel
rumpel
2 months ago

Yeah, I don’t think she’s going to win but I’m really happy she’s there. The song is funny, sexy and cheeky.

Stan
Stan
2 months ago

TIX

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

The result I desire: 1) Ut Av Mørket I made up my mind. This is my definitive winner. It’s a good, contemporary and instantly catchy song which TIX’ voice delivers in a unique and powerful way. It’s definitely the most universal piece as I can listen to it in pretty much any mood I’m in. It just works and it’s noticeable that he is the only one who wrote his song all by himself because it’s a perfect match of song and singer. It’s also the only MGP song I never skipped when it came on. The winner, no doubt.… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

The verses to Monument make more sense, if you think about them as references to spirits and a life that exists before and after the physical. The spirits are the monument.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I do also wonder if part of their inspiration for the song might have been all the monoliths that ‘randomly’ appeared across the world last year…

Last edited 2 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I wondered about that. Were the monoliths a marketing campaign by KEiiNO? Ahaha

Last edited 2 months ago by Purple Mask
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

If it was, let’s hope it didn’t go to waste!

Sam
Sam
2 months ago

Keiino have such a polished song already, the staging needs work but it’s clearly the best song and should win, but I do have a soft spot for Blåsemafian