Four acts competed in Semi-Final 2 of Melodi Grand Prix 2022. But only one could advance to the grand final. And tonight that singer was Farida with “Dangerous”.
Farida wins Semi-Final 2 of Melodi Grand Prix 2022
Lily Löwe – “Bad Baby” vs. Steffen Jakobsen – “With Me Tonight”
Lily Löwe, 26, says her music is rooted in melodic hard rock, but extends over genres including metal, pop and punk. She’s said she wants to challenge the expectations of the genre to create her own unique universe. An experienced costume designer and make-up artist, her musical role models include Rammstein and Lady Gaga — both of whom are known for their unique looks.
As for the performance, Lily wore all black with silver spangles on her shoulders. She certainly didn’t lack for confidence, though some of the bigger notes came off a tad screechy. The visual highlight came towards the end when a red heart literally caught on fire behind Lily, arms splayed out like Jesus on the cross. Bonus points for the large pony tail.
Steffen placed third in Norwegian Idol back in 2013, earning some major plaudits along the way. His performance of “Your Man” was named “Best Idol moment of the year”. His song “With Me Tonight” builds on his love of country — it seems to come straight out of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” with its recognisable Western sound. His staging gave us Grand Ole Opry feels. Steffen wore a white cowboy hat, a jacket with white country fringe on the shoulders and a black country tie. Among the nicest shots was the opener where we saw his head (and hat) in silhouette as he welcomed us with those very deep tones.
Result: Steffen wins
Farida – “Dangerous” vs Daniel Lukas – “Kvelertak”
Farida Bolseth Benounis, 31, has already toured with Dua Lipa and performed at South by Southwest in Texas. Her dramatic, Bond-esque ballad showed off her pitch-perfect vocals — she was flawless! The staging came out of left field. Her violinists did a lot of avant-garde choreography — early on they seemed to be squatting and twerking as they plucked the strings! Nodding to Eurovision, there was a piano on fire. Farida played on hues of green and black with her suit, which was a picture of colour blocking. She may have done the fashion by halves, but it really worked.
Daniel Lukas, 23, previously worked as a swimming instructor and now works as a salesman. But his big dream is to be able to work with music full time. His performance had shades of Anton Ewald’s most recent effort at Melodifestivalen. There were lots of laser lights shooting in all directions and Daniel did his best to bring the swagger and attitude. His two backing dancers wore matching burgundy suits, creating a sea of suave as they floated across the stage.
Result: Farida wins
Steffen Jakobsen – “With Me Tonight” vs Farida – “Dangerous”
Result: Farida wins
Christian Ingebrigtsen performs “Wonder of the World” live
Christian Ingebrigtsen, a pre-qualified finalist, performed his song “Wonder of the World” in exhibition.