Things might have been a little less epic due to pandemic precautions, but the announcement of the competing acts in Melodi Grand Prix 2022 was no less exciting. Broadcaster NRK today announced the 21 acts who will compete in Norway’s national final for Eurovision 2022.
The announcement process was different this year. Last year, the acts were revealed a few days prior to the semi-final they were performing in. But this year, NRK has shown their full hand, presenting all the competing acts of MGP 2022.
All the competing songs have also been released today. From 14:00 CET fans can get their first listen to the songs vying to be Norway’s entry for Turin.
Last month Melodi Grand Prix boss Stig Karlsen confirmed that the four semi-finals and the second-chance show would not have a live audience due to pandemic precautions. However, there is still hope that the show’s grand final on 19 February can have a live audience.
Melodi Grand Prix kicks off with the first semi-final this Saturday, 15 January at 19:50 CET.
Melodi Grand Prix 2022: Competing artists and songs
Semi-final 1 (15 January)
Mira Craig – “We Still Here”
Frode Vassel – “Black Flowers”
Trollfest – “Dance Like a Pink Flamingo”
Eline Noelia – “Ecstasy”
Semi-final 2 (22 January)
Lily Löwe – “Bad Baby”
Steffen Jakobsen – “With Me Tonight”
Farida – “Dangerous”
Daniel Lukas – “Kvelertak”
Semi-final 3 (29 January)
Mari Bølla – “Your Loss”
Oda Gondrosen – “Hammer of Thor”
Sturla – “Skår i hjertet”
Vilde – “Titans”
Semi-final 4 (5 February)
Alexandra Joner – “Hasta la vista”
Maria Mohn – “Fly”
Kim Wigaard – “La Melodia”
Sofie Fjellvang – “Made of Glass”
Final (19 February)
The pre-qualified artists are….
NorthKid – “Someone”
Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”
Christian Ingebrigtsen – “Wonder of the World”
Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Queen Bees”
Elsie Bay – “Death of Us”
MGP 2022: Full artist bios, as supplied by NRK
Semifinal 1 – Saturday 15th of January
Elsie Bay: «Death of Us» (pre-qualified to the final)
Lyrics and music: Elsa Søllesvik, Jonas Holteberg Jensen and Andreas Stone Johansson
Elsa Søllesvik (25) got her breakthrough already as a 17-year-old with the pop success Elsa & Emilie. This was the start of a journey that involved singing on the music festival by:Larm, the talkshow Lindmo and high rankings on VG-lista. As an artist, Elsa writes all her songs by herself, in addition to writing songs for others. Elsa has written and sung the intro song to the Korean TV series “The Queens House”, which was released last autumn. In 2014, Elsa was nominated for the Norwegian music award “Spellemann” with the album “Endless Optimism”, which has provided sound for the TV series SKAM. This album, including the album “Kill Your Darlings”, has been streamed over 30 million times on Spotify. She has also written the song “Witch Woods”, which went to the final of the MGP in 2021, and “Hammer of Thor”, which is in this year’s contest. Elsa is now launching her band new solo project in Melodi Grand Prix: Elsie Bay.
Mira Craig: «We Still Here»
Lyrics and music: Mira Craig and Bård Berg
Mira Craig (39) is an established artist and songwriter from Oslo. Among other things, she has written the Norwegian winning song from the Melodi Grand Prix in 2008, “Hold On Be Strong”, which was sung by Maria Haukaas Mittet. It was the very first song Mira wrote as a 15-year-old, and it got a strong 5th place in Eurovision. Mira herself debuted as an artist with the single “Boogeyman” in 2005 and has since had several hits on VG-lista in Norway. Snoop Dogg was interested in the Norwegian musician at Quartfestivalen in 2005 and has used her “Dinner in Bed” on the album “Welcome to tha Chuuch: The Album”. Mira has been nominated for several Spellemann Awards in Norway, the Alarm Award, and the MTV Europe Music Awards. Throughout her career, she has worked with major international artists and producers, and has played for over 100,000 people at home and abroad. “We Still Here” is the first single on her upcoming album number seven.
Frode Vassel: «Black Flowers»
Lyrics and music: Frode Vassel, Benjamin Larsen, Niklas Rosström and Celine Alette Pedersen Breivoll
Frode Vassel (40) was born and raised outside Bergen on the west coast of Norway but has lived in Oslo half of his life. He has travelled around Europe and been on the Eurovision stage with JOWST in Kiev (2017), Rybak in Lisbon (2018) and helped KEIINO to victory among the audience votes in Tel Aviv 2019. Now it’s Frode’s turn to be in the spotlight. Frode Vassel is a very experienced artist who has performed with many well-known Norwegian artists such as Ylvis, Maria Mena and Åge Sten Nilsen, and has solid solo experience and musical background. In the spring of 2021, he was participating in The Voice. As a father of three in a time of climate crisis, Frode will now put all his energy into the song “Black Flowers”.
Trollfest: «Dance Like a Pink Flamingo»
Lyrics and music: Eirik Renton and Jostein Austvik
TrollfesT came to the world in 2003 when a group of men got tired of available party music. They really wanted to do something about it themselves, and the rest is history. With a love of metal and music from the Balkans, they use instruments such as saxophone, accordion and synth that are mixed with an extreme expression. The last crucial ingredient is a great dose of madness and humor, and the result is something they call “True Norwegian Balkan Metal”. With this formula, TrollfesT has toured over large parts of the world since 2007 and released eight albums. The band delivers terrific concerts with lots of audience interaction, where everything is allowed if it’s fun. Now the folk metal octet is ready for the Melodi Grand Prix with a new concept, where the flamingos are about to take over the world.
Eline Noelia: «Ecstasy»
Lyrics and music: Eline Noelia Myreng, Audun Agnar Guldbrandsen and Tea Megaard
Eline Noelia Myreng is a 22-year-old artist and songwriter from Tønsberg. She comes from a very musical family, which naturally has left its mark on her own dreams. It started with Christian pop and children’s albums, but she eventually moved into regular pop. As an artist, Eline is inspired by the catchy pop from the 2010s, but also legends from the 90s. Eline has worked with music full time for several years, including as a singer in the event industry. She has also spent considerable time in the studio. When the Tønsberg girl studied pop music at Limpi, her career as a singer really begun and she became acquainted with the producer Audun Agnar Gulbrandsen. “Ecstasy” is the result of their first studio session together and was the start of a major project.
Semifinal 2 – Saturday 22nd of January
Christian Ingebrigtsen: «Wonder Of The World» (pre-qualified to the final)
Lyrics and music: Christian Ingebrigtsen, Michael Hunter Ochs and Henrik Tala
Christian Ingebrigtsen is a popular artist with a long career. He has topped the charts with his own projects but is best known for his eventful career as part of the world-famous pop group A1. Together they have won a Brit Award, an MTV Award, had ten singles in the top 10 in the UK and sold over 10 million albums. Alongside his artist career, Christian is a busy songwriter and producer for several artists. Among other things, he was involved in writing the winner song of MGP 2020, “Attention” with Ulrikke Brandstorp. In addition, Christian has been a songwriter on no less than four songs that have finished in 2nd place in the Norwegian and Finnish finals. Christian has also experience as an actor and lecturer. In 2021, he released the album «Wings», his first album in Norwegian.
Lyrics and music: Farida Bolseth Benounis, Rasmus Simon Vedvik Thallaug, Atle Pettersen, Peter Newman and Hannah Dorothy Bistow
Farida Bolseth Benounis (31) has achieved a lot since her career started in 2016. She received good reviews from Billboard and MTV when she released her first two singles “Three Weeks” and “Solo Ride”. Farida has played at the music festival by:Larm twice and won the award «Model of the Year» in 2016. She has also played at Øyafestivalen in Oslo. Other highlights in her career are that she has been on tour with the world star Dua Lipa and performed at festivals such as South by Southwest in Texas. In 2020, she was listed on the Norwegian radio station NRK P3 five times, and the single “Do About It” was highlighted as the week’s best on the same channel. In September 2021, she became a finalist in “The John Lennon Songwriting Contest” in New York with the same song.
Steffen Jakobsen: «With Me Tonight»
Lyrics and music: Mats William Wennerberg and Nicolai Herwell
Steffen Jakobsen (31) is a country artist and songwriter from Grimstad. He has been involved with music since he was little and performed for the first time at a prayer house. Steffen became a known face to the viewers when he came in 3rd place in Idol in Norway in 2013. His performance of “Your Man” was named the best “Idol moment of the year”. Steffen Jakobsen released his first album “My beginning” in 2009 which sold for gold. He released his second album in 2013, “Six Strings Love Affair”, with famous songs like “Music Man” and “What She Wants”. His biggest dream is to perform on the radio program “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville. But first, Steffen Jakobsen is ready to use his deep voice on the Melodi Grand Prix stage.
Lily Löwe: «Bad Baby»
Lyrics and music: Lill Sofie Wilsberg, Trond Holter and Victoria Land
Lily Löwe (Lill Sofie Wilsberg) is a 26-year-old artist, songwriter, and stylist from Eidskog. In recent years she has lived in Oslo. Her music is rooted in melodic hard rock but extends over several genres such as metal with elements of pop and punk. Lily wants to challenge the expectations everyone have to the genre, and creates her own unique universe. Lily Löwe’s musical role models include Rammstein and Lady Gaga. She also works as a costume designer and makeup artist on several productions, and is, among other things, a Gullrute nominee for her work with the NRK series Rådebank. Now, she is ready for her debut on the big stage in the Melodi Grand Prix and is currently releasing her first album. With her on stage are Trond Holter, Marius Viken and Bernt Jensen.
Daniel Lukas: «Kvelertak»
Lyrics and music: Daniel Lukas Kalelic and Are Næsset
Daniel Lukas Kalelic is a 23-year-old artist and songwriter from Ellingsrud in Oslo. He comes from a musical family and has been interested in music for as long as he can remember. He was on stage for the first time during MGPjr in 2013 with the song «Tiden går fort». In 2018, he was ready to try his luck in Idol, where he impressed the judges with a self-composed song. The following year he won the talent competition H&M Loves Music and performed at Vulkan in Oslo together with several established Norwegian artists. Music means a lot to him and has helped him through difficult times in his life. Daniel has previously worked as a swimming instructor and is working today as a salesman. His big dream is to be able to work with music full time. Now he is more than ready for the big MGP scene with a song in Norwegian.
Semifinal 3 – Saturday 29th of January
Subwoolfer: «Give That Wolf a Banana» (pre-qualified to the final)
Lyrics and music: Keith and Jim
Subwoolfer – The biggest band in the Galaxy, first formed 4.5 billion years ago on their home planet, the moon. Since then, the brothers, Keith and Jim, have conquered the music scene on every planet, making them the most successful pop group ever. On 20th June 1969, a prophet named Neil appeared to them, and was soon hailed ‘the man with the strongest arms’. He promised to return telling them he would help them become the biggest band on his planet too, but only once they had written the greatest song in the universe, sung in his native tongue – English. Neil never returned however, and so now armed with the greatest song in existence, «Give That Wolf a Banana», they have come to earth in search of him, and to claim their musical throne by performing at the most important and prestigious musical event in the history of the world – MGP Norway 2022.
Lyrics and music: Vilde Johannessen, Ben Adams and Sindre Timberlid Jenssen
Vilde Johannessen is a 26-year-old artist and songwriter from the summer island of Tjøme in Vestfold. After finishing a bachelor’s degree in music at the music school LIPA in England, she moved to Oslo in 2018 to pursue an artist career. At the same time, she released her first single, “Get You”, and has since released seven songs on her own record label. In recent years, Vilde has also written for other artists at home and abroad. Among the highlights of her own artist career, she has warmed up for Matoma, Röyksopp and Julie Bergan, sung at the opening ceremony of the Norway Cup, a sold-out Rockefeller, and Gullruten on TV 2. In the beginning of 2021, Vilde released the single «Never Said Enough», and was rewarded as the “Untouched artist of the month” by the Norwegian radio station NRK P3. Shortly afterwards, the song “Motions” became “Song of the Week” on the same radio station and went straight into the Top 200 on Spotify.
Sturla: «Skår i hjertet»
Lyrics and music: Sturla Fagerli Larsen
Sturla Fargerli Larsen is a 27-year-old artist from Trøndelag. He has released pop songs on his own dialect for the last ten years. The journey started during the cultural evenings at the secondary school in Orkdal culture house, to several sold out houses in Norway in recent years. In 2020, he released the song “Som Ingen Andre” together with Hanne Mjøen. The single “Kanskje Du Kan Vær Mitt Paradis” was A-listed on the radio station NRK P1 for several months, while the remaining songs on the EP rotated on NRK P3.
Sturla works daily at the smelter in Orkdal. He enjoys doing different things in life and believes that his work leaves positive traces in the music. Now Sturla is ready to enter the biggest stage of music in Norway.
Oda Gondrosen: «Hammer Of Thor»
Lyrics and music: Morten Franck, Elsa Søllesvik, Torgeir Ryssevik and Oda Kristine Gondrosen
Oda Gondrosen is a 25-year-old artist and songwriter from Gressvik outside Fredrikstad. As a 16-year-old, she signed up for Idol, followed by The Voice in 2015, but she felt too young and found it difficult to get anywhere with the music after her participations. Therefore, Oda put the music dream on the shelf for four years and studied to become a nurse. After working for a few years with people in the last phase of life, Oda decided to focus on the artist dream again while she still had the opportunity. In the spring of 2020, Oda gave music competitions a second chance and agreed to participate in Idol again. After giving the judges goosebumps week after week, Oda reached the final and finished in third place. Now there is no going back for Oda who is fully committed to music. Participating in the Melodi Grand Prix has been one of her dreams for many years, and now she got the chance. She will be competing with the song “Hammer Of Thor”.
Mari Bølla: «Your Loss»
Lyrics and music: Lars Horn Lavik, Morten Franck and Mari Eriksen Bølla
Mari Eriksen Bølla (17) was in the spotlight for the first time when she as a 10-year-old came 3rd in the only season of Idol Junior on TV 2. After this, she got the opportunity to sing on small and large stages, alone and together with other artists.
But the real breakthrough came a few years later. In 2020, Mari took the Norwegian viewers by storm when she – as the youngest of all time – won Idol, only 15 years old. She has been active in singing, dance, theatre, and creative activities her whole life. Music has always been important for her, a place to express all emotions. Mari is also a songwriting and has found her distinctive style as an artist, where songs with strong and personal messages are in focus.
After the victory in Idol 2020, she released the winning song “Now That I Found You”. After that she has released both a Christmas song and the catchy pop song “Not That Girl”. Mari has moved to Oslo to focus fully on her artist career.
Semifinal 4 – Saturday 5th of February
NorthKid: «Someone» (pre-qualified to the final)
Lyrics and music: Helge Moen, Alex Charles, Sandra Lyng and Jim Bergsted
NorthKid is a pop band from the Northern part of Norway, fronted by Bilal Saab. He charmed into many Norwegian hearts when he won the television show Stjernekamp in 2019. With their origins from Alta and Hasvik, NorthKid is possibly the world’s northernmost boy band. Now they go all-in to take Norway by storm and prove worthy of a place in the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Next to Bilal, the other members of the band are Helge Moen, Håkon Guttormsen, Sebastian Willassen and Vegard Olaussen.
Musical joy, playfulness and acceptance are important values for the band in everything they do. That’s something they also want to show through their participation in the Melodi Grand Prix.
Alexandra Joner: «Hasta la vista»
Lyrics and music: Henrik Sæter and Jazara Aden Hutton
Alexandra Joner (31) is a Norwegian-Cuban singer, dancer, and actress, raised in Oslo. She entered the Norwegian TV screens when she as a 16-year-old participated in the dance competition “Dansefeber” on TVNorge. She has worked with dance, music, and social media for many years. In 2012, she released the song “Sunrise” with Madcon, which sold for triple platinum. In 2015, she participated in MGP for the first time, then with the song «Cinderella». In recent years, she has been seen in various TV shows such as “Camp Kulinaris”, “71 grader nord”, and most recently as one of the profiles in the TV 2 show “Bloggerne”. In addition to being an artist, she is also a profile in the makeup and beauty industry. She participates in this year’s MGP with the song “Hasta la vista”, a goodbye to boring and bad boys.
Kim Wigaard: «La Melodia»
Lyrics and music: Kim Wigaard Johansen, Marius Hagen, Karianne Sissener Amundsen and Ronny Janssen
Kim Wigaard (33) is a well-established artist in the Norwegian music industry. He has been working for a long time, nationally and internationally, with music, revues, and opera. He has sung at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Off-Broadway in New York and been a soloist for a sold-out Oslo Concert Hall. Kim has a broad education from the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Kim is still up to date with new self-written music, and together with Sandra Lyng he has toured Norway with the Christmas tour «Julefantasi». He participated in the Melodi Grand Prix in 2020 with the duet “Fool for Love” together with Maria Mohn.
Maria Mohn: «Fly»
Lyrics and music: Maria Mohn and Einar Kristiansen Five
Maria Mohn is a 38-year-old artist, songwriter, entertainer, and vocal coach. She is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music and has received a lot of positive reviews for her great voice. She has sung in the prestigious award nominated vocal group PUST, in the Norwegian Soloist Choir and has been a leading figure in several other contexts. She has participated in Idol and sung on Beat for Beat, Popstokk and performed her own song “Hope” in connection with the July 22 memorial at the Government Quarter. In 2020, she participated in the Melodi Grand Prix with the duet “Fool for Love” together with Kim Wigaard. Maria has written this year’s contribution, “Fly”, for her three children.
Sofie Fjellvang: «Made Of Glass»
Lyrics and music: Sofie Fjellvang and Kjetil Mørland
Sofie Fjellvang is a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Kristiansand. Her big breakthrough came when she came all the way to the final of The Voice in 2021. She has always had a dream of making a living of music and started in a children’s choir in her congregation at a very young age. When she studied in Leesville, North Carolina in the USA in 2017, she won a singing competition in an agency she was part of. Now she is well underway with her debut EP with the help of an old acquaintance in the Melodi Grand Prix family, and one she has been a fan of for many years. Sofie is collaborating with Kjetil Mørland on her EP. Kjetil came in a strong 8th place in Eurovision in 2015 together with Debrah Scarlett with the song «A Monster Like Me». Kjetil and Sofie have written the song «Made Of Glass» together.
The Second Chance – Saturday 12th of February
The twelve artists who didn’t make it through the four semi-finals gets a second chance to secure a ticket to the final through “The Second Chance”. The first round will take place on Monday 7 February. This will be a studio-based live broadcast based on the semi-finals, so the artists will not perform live. On this broadcast, twelve artists will become four. On Saturday 12 February, the four artists with the most televotes from Monday’s broadcast will perform again during a live broadcast from H3 Arena. This last Saturday, before the big final, pre-qualified Anna-Lisa Kumoji will showcase her song.
Anna-Lisa Kumoji: «Queen Bees» (pre-qualified to the final)
Lyrics and music: Olli Äkräs, Alan Roy Scott, Elsbeth Rehder and Anna-Lisa Kumoji
Anna-Lisa Kumoji (31) from Asker / Drammen outside Oslo is educated at the Bårdar Academy and has many years of experience as a professional singer, actress, dubber and musical artist. Among other things, she’s had roles in “The Book of Mormon”, “Flashdance” and now lately she played the role of Anita in “West Side Story”. She has done several film and TV roles as well and is the voice in a number of films. In 2019, she became a finalist in “All Together Now” on TVNorge, and not least she became a gold finalist in the Melodi Grand Prix with the song “Holla” the same year. Last year, Anna-Lisa was seen in Stjernekamp and aroused great enthusiasm among the reviewers. Now she is ready for the MGP stage again, the same stage that gave her the big breakthrough as an solo artist in 2019.
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