Four acts sang in competition during Semi-Final 1 of Melodi Grand Prix 2022. But only one could advance to the grand final. And tonight that singer was Frode Vassel with “Black Flowers”.
Frode Vassel wins Semi-Final 1 of Melodi Grand Prix 2022
Eline Noelia — “Ecstasy” vs Mira Craig — “We Still Here”
Eline served sultriness in a black and silver-rhinestone number. Supported by blue and purple rays of light and four dancers, she bobbed and swayed on a white triangle. The overhead shots were particularly effective when that shape came into focus. During the song’s instrumental section, she really put her back into it, striking a swervy pose. “I’m ecstasy,” she sang repeatedly. On some of the high notes I wasn’t quite sure — it got a bit screechy — but on the whole she definitely delivered vocally. Her left index finger wagged and waved — it deserves its own choreographer!
Mira Craig made an impression from the very first frame — she and her girls appeared to be waking up inside some fabulous harem or throne room bathed in golden light. When the lights cranked up we saw pure pink fantasy with Mira wearing a bejewelled bra with a sort of pink fringe and a pink flower crown. When she sang, “We’re still here” it felt like a proper chant and when she raised her hand in the air at the end you just wanted to shout, “You go girl!”
Result: Eline wins
TrollfesT — “Dance Like a Pink Flamingo” vs Frode Vassel — “Black Flowers”
TrollfesT call on their fans to “walk on the wildlife side” and they did exactly that, working what are sure to become iconic flamingo headpieces, replete with pink feather-like trim. Their pink tights and dirty white sneakers had a homespun feel, adding warmth to their completely wackadoodle number. This improved significantly with the fun visuals, which include some psycedelic dance moments.
Frode’s performance of “Black Flowers” was heavy on the black and he emerged from behind a metallic screen. He stared straight into the camera and seemed to sing from the heart as he described man’s indifference to his fellow man through the growth of black flowers. He was last in the betting odds tonight, but proved everybody wrong with his strong vocal and sober performance.
Result: Frode wins
Frode beats Eline to secure the ticket to the final.
Elsie Bay performs “Death of Us” live
Elsie Bay, one of the five pre-qualified artists, performed her song “Death of Us” live and in exhibition.