After six weeks of shows, Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 has officially come to an end. And we have a winner — TIX with his song “Fallen Angel”. This concludes five semi-finals, a second chance round, and a 2.5-hour grand final of MGP. They really made light out of the darkness!
Norway Melodi Grand Prix 2021: TIX wins with “Fallen Angel”
“Fallen Angel” is written by TIX himself and is a synthpop ballad about unrequited love. It uses biblical imagery to convey the idea of a crush that one can never have because they believe they can’t match up. “How could she ever love someone like me? She’s out of reach”. He describes himself as the “fallen angel” and “there’s no way I’ll ever reach up to Heaven to you”.
TIX uses more of the biblical metaphors to reference the anguish of the situation. “I’m fighting all of my demons tryna tear me apart and I’m still not sure what you ever saw in me”. He sees his crush as the true angel and he can never be with her. “Cause I know Heaven’s your home, that’s where angels belong”.
He also believes that if he tried to be her partner, he’d just be holding her back in life. “And it won’t be fair if I keep you down here”. The lyricism is one of the strongest points of the song. The beautifully crafted metaphors keep the whole thing together, and with TIX’s strong voice and charisma, it’s easy to see why “Fallen Angel” won with the highest-ever gold final tally — around 380,000. That was nearly 100,000 more than KEiiNO.
The first stage of tonight’s show consisted of all 12 finalists performing with the hope of making it to the four-song gold final.
Atle Pettersen performed first, with his automatically qualified entry “World on Fire”. Raylee went next with her ’80s-inspired bop “Hero”, which won semi-final two. Stavangerkameratene followed, with their “Who I Am” (translated from the original “Barndomsgater”).
The second quarter of the show was opened by Kiim, who performed his elegant and soulful piece “My Lonely Voice”. He was followed by Blåsemafian feat. Hazel, performing their mostly instrumental banger “Let Loose”. Emmy closed the first half of the show with her TikTok-ready bop “Witch Woods”.
The first song of the second half of the show was “Fallen Angel” by TIX. He performed in Norwegian during the first semi-final, so the final served as his debut of the English-language version. Kaja Rode then performed her vocally challenging piano-heavy number “Feel Again”. Returnee Rein Alexander performed his Mørland-penned anthem “Eyes Wide Open”.
Imerika performed tenth, with her sensitive ballad “I Can’t Escape”. Eurovision 2019 televote winners KEiiNO sang “Monument” afterwards, before the final entry of the first round, “Faith Bloody Faith” by Jorn.
The hosts then announced the four qualifiers for the gold final. They were Blåsemafian feat. Hazel with “Let Loose”, Jorn with “Faith Bloody Faith”, TIX with “Fallen Angel”, and KEiiNO with “Monument”.
Gold Final Results
The contest was a 100% televote affair with no jury. After the first round of voting, four songs advanced to the next round. They performed in the following order:
- “Let Loose”
- “Fallen Angel”
- “Faith Bloody Faith”
After more voting, two songs advanced to the gold duel: KEiiNO’s “Monument” and TIX’s “Fallen Angel”. KEiiNO performed first and TIX closed the show.
TIX won the duel and the ticket to Rotterdam. Here’s the final tally:
TIX – 380,033 votes
KEiiNO – 281,043 votes
Are you happy with Norway’s choice? How will “Fallen Angel” do in Rotterdam? Sound off in the comment section!