Norway’s NRK has shaken things up this year by revealing all the competing acts and songs of Melodi Grand Prix 2022 at the same time. This includes the five automatic qualifier artists who have a guaranteed spot in the grand final.
The five auto-qualifiers are Anna-Lisa Kumoji, NorthKid, Elsie Bay, Christian Ingebrigtsen and Subwoolfer.
While these five acts will gradually showcase their songs live during the semi-finals, you can listen to all of them now. Therefore, we want to know… Who is your favourite?
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Melodi Grand Prix 2022: Automatic qualifier acts
Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Queen Bees”
Songwriters: Olli Äkräs, Alan Roy Scott, Elsbeth Rehder, Anna-Lisa Kumoji
Anna-Lisa Kumoji has many years of experience as a professional singer and actress, both in musicals and television. In 2019, she managed to reach the gold final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019 with “Holla”, and now once again she has managed to climb up the ranks to feature in her second MPG final with the rousingly vintage “Queen Bees”.
NorthKid – “Someone”
Songwriters: Helge Moen, Alex Charles, Sandra Lyng, Jim Bergsted
Bilal Saab, Helge Moen, Håkon Guttormsen, Sebastian Willassen and Vegard Olaussen form the pop band NorthKid. Popularly proclaimed as “the world’s northernmost boy band”, with origins in Alta and Hasvik, they serve a slice of musical joy and playfulness across their material. Saab himself has won the popular television show Stjernekamp in 2019, and now the whole band is ready to compete for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Elsie Bay – “Death of Us”
Songwriters: Elsa Søllesvik, Jonas Holteberg Jensen, Andreas Stone Johansson
Elsa Søllesvik got her breakthrough already as part of the act Elsa & Emilie, garnering her much popularity around the country, but now she has rebranded as Elsie Bay. She has also written music for several shows, such as SKAM and the Korean TV series The Queens House, and songs for MGP, including “Witch Woods” last year, and “Hammer of Thor” this year.
Christian Ingebrigtsen – “Wonder of the World”
Songwriters: Christian Ingebrigtsen, Michael Hunter Ochs, Henrik Tala
Christian Ingebrigtsen is better known as a member from the world-famous pop group A1, who have won several prestigious music awards and sold over 10 million albums. Christian has also written several songs in Melodi Grand Prix that have ended high in the competition, including the Ulrikke Brandstorp’s “Attention”, the winning song of the 2020 edition.
Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”
Songwriters: “Keith”, “Jim”
Self-described as “The biggest band in the Galaxy, formed 4.5 billion years ago on their home planet, the moon”, little is known of “Keith” and “Jim”, the canid pair that makes up the duo Subwoolfer. Many rumours about their identity have been thrown around, including suspicions of them being the internationally-known Ylvis. Nevertheless, they have said that they want to “claim their musical throne by performing at the most prestigious musical event in the history of the world – MGP Norway 2022.”
Poll: Who is your favourite automatic qualifier of Melodi Grand Prix 2022?
You can vote for as many songs as you’d like, but you can only vote once, so choose wisely!
Who have you voted for? Which automatic qualifier of Melodi Grand Prix 2022 are you most looking forward to seeing live? Let us know in the comments below.