Oda Gondrosen wins Melodi Grand Prix semi-final three with "Hammer of Thor"

The competition is heating up in Norway as Melodi Grand Prix 2022 semi-final three draws to a close. Four acts entered the arena, but only one act left with the golden ticket to the final. Tonight, that award goes to Oda Gondrosen with “Hammer of Thor”.

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Oda Gondrosen wins Melodi Grand Prix semi-final three

Duel one

Mari Bølla “Your Loss” vs. Oda Gondrosen “Hammer of Thor”

It’s rematch time. Mari Bølla and Oda Gondrosen competed on the same series of Idol in 2020, with Oda finishing as second alternate to eventual winner Mari. 

The youngest Idol winner in history (15 at the time of her victory), Mari Bølla makes her MGP debut at 17 years old. Her pop-punk come hip-hop power anthem “Your Loss” is a nod to self-love and knowing your own worth.

In her performance, Mari, dressed in a white trouser off-the-shoulder blouse combo, was joined by dancers in silver dance costumes who strutted around a decadent golden three piece suite. It’s a slight mismatch considering the punky building blocks of the song. After a slight stumble when the song kicked in, Mari swiftly recovered and delivered a strong vocal performance. 

Oda Gondrosen, 25, is bringing Norse mythology to the MGP stage with “Hammer of Thor”. A big favourite with fans, Oda won our poll as wiwibloggs readers voted her their favourite act to win semi-final three.

A vision of KEiiNO’s Alexandra Rotan, Oda wore all black: long gloves, a cape, trousers and a warrior tunic. She was joined on stage by four drummers, marching by her side as she belted the high notes with expert clarity. Her facial expressions matched the sinister nature of the song; she stole the thunder, and she’s proud of it. 

Result: Oda Gondrosen wins

Duel Two

Sturla “Skår i hjerte” vs. Vilde “Titans”

A smelter by day, 27-year-old Sturla burst onto the music scene in 2020 when he made it onto the A-list at NRK P1. Now, he’s bidding for the big leagues at Eurovision.

In his performance, Sturla wore a white t-shirt and gold chain necklace beneath an oversized tan-coloured suit. This staging was similar to Paul Rey’s “The Missing Piece” staging at Melodifestivalen 2021 — with golden lights surrounding the performer as he sang his heart’s song. However, an abundance of wide shots and little to fill the stage caused the atmosphere to feel more empty than it did cosy and warm. 

Tjøme-born singer-songwriter Vilde moved to Oslo to pursue a music career after she graduated with a music degree from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Her bid for Norway at Eurovision is the power-pop anthem “Titans”.

Vilde made a bold statement in a jewel-encrusted lime green pantsuit. The stage show was well-choreographed, with four dancers in white tulle performing ethereal movements around the singer. She started out strong, but fought her way through some noticeable vocal wobbles in the second chorus, which showed in her body language as a shake to the nerves.

Result: Vilde wins

Gold Duel

Oda Gondrosen “Hammer of Thor” vs. Vilde “Titans”

Result: Oda Gondrosen wins

NorthKid perform “Someone” live

Pre-qualified finalists NorthKid performed their song “Someone” in exhibition. 

Subwoolfer, who were forced to reschedule their semi-final three performance after testing positive for COVID-19, will instead present their song “Give That Wolf a Banana” during semi-final four.

What do you think of tonight’s result? Did the right act win? Sound off in the comments below.

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ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago

to all teh ppl who didnt vote fro mari bolla

YOUR LOSS =)

sTommie
sTommie
1 year ago

A song that can only exist within Eurovision. Does Norway know it is 2022.

Tzs
Tzs
1 year ago

Finally my favorit win the heat lol

KLINE
KLINE
1 year ago

Northern Kid and Someone is a hybrid of everything and nothing. Won’t do and a pre-qualifier that baffles me. Leaves me cold and disappointed!

Aria
Aria
1 year ago

I certainly like Nordic countries trying to be a little more Nordic but this doesn’t really do it for me. Nice idea though.

Aria
Aria
1 year ago
Reply to  Aria

It does get stuck in ur head though.

Dhebhdfjddbv
Dhebhdfjddbv
1 year ago
Reply to  Aria

Agreed

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Am I the only person who was really impressed with NorthKid? I think it’s a quite good song that has no chance in this contest but seems like it would have a huge life on the radio.

Lizzie
Lizzie
1 year ago

I see Rasmussen and Jamala have had a baby and called her Oda… which is nice, eh?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Best two songs got to the gold final. They were both pretty equal in terms of quality (they’re good but not really in the running to win the selection) and they went with the one that was staged better.
Can’t really complain. It’ll be a good addition to the final!

BetwixtTales
BetwixtTales
1 year ago

I mean, the selection in this semi wasn’t the best, so I was kind of indifferent to who would go through. But Hammer of Thor is just sooo repetitive. What are they even trying to say with the song? I’m guessing they just thought they found a cool sound and wanted to combine it with something [email protected] like the Nordic gods. And who’s more [email protected] than Thor? As Ariana Grande would say: Thank you, next.

Dhebhdfjddbv
Dhebhdfjddbv
1 year ago
Reply to  BetwixtTales

Just yes I so agreed
Repetitive and for me the staging was simplistic
Anyway it wasn’t bad but I liked the other ones better . Even sturla !

por no estar
por no estar
1 year ago

weak semi, all songs were bad

Dhebhdfjddbv
Dhebhdfjddbv
1 year ago
Reply to  por no estar

For me it’s the best SO FAR
And what about semi1? Was that good?

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago

Really good performance – I would love to hear her in Turin, great voice

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

this hammer of thor song is pretty awful

Ahs54
Ahs54
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

so awful that it won? lmao go cry elsewhere

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 year ago

the hammer of thor & oda have convinced!
i must wait for semi 3 to see the first very good sung live act – she is now the dangerous dark horse.

🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by lasse braun
Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Oda performed very well and had the best staging so far in MGP, so it was easy to see she would be qualifying from this heat. But it’s also true that nobody yet done anything to challenge the overall impression that MGP is between Elsie and Subwoolfer. Maybe the last heat still can bring it, I believe Maria and Sofie can surprise us.

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago

Maybe guilty pleasure worthy but nothing more in my opinion. Epic scandinavian entries are great when done right (imo Rein Alexander from 2020 was really amazing) but this entry is not to my liking. The staging was impressive though and this song is indeed made in order to be performed live.

Dhebhdfjddbv
Dhebhdfjddbv
1 year ago
Reply to  Thanos

Agreed

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

It’s not going to win Eurovision , but I kinda like it.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

this song is camp in the worst possible way

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago

well not cap BUT DEFINETELY not the best choice

Pearli
Pearli
1 year ago

And audience at home love this kind of camp from Scandinavian countries.

Ale
Ale
1 year ago

i need to carry on  tower of babylon

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Ale

tower of babylon sweetie i’m so sorry…

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

A well deserved win. Now only if Maria or Sofie win the golden ticket next week, we’ll have ten at least solid songs to choose from. Bravo, Norway!

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

i think sofie should win this hoke thing =)

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Agree about Sofie and Maria! Both songs are amazing and are by far my favourites from heat 4. Hope one of them wins both are great!

Brötchen
Brötchen
1 year ago

This heat was pretty bad…

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago
Reply to  Brötchen

imo heat one was a lot worse

forrest dezso
forrest dezso
1 year ago
Reply to  ffgbndn

i liked heat one. TrollfesT was fun, Eline was AMAZING. And frøde was a good winner, even tjough eline slayed.

Dhebhdfjddbv
Dhebhdfjddbv
1 year ago
Reply to  forrest dezso

It’s just if I were to rate the heats heat 1 would be dead last

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Great staging for Hammer of Thor. Great voice from Oda. But seriously the most simplistic and repetitive lyrics imaginable.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jake

Repetitive, sure. I can’t argue with that. But simplistic? For me, they tell the story reminiscent of the legend of Prometheus. Gods who have all the knowledge and all the power, and a little person who is brave enough to claim it, and stand-up to their wrath. Pretty cool stuff!

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

it has a nice story but the lyrics were repetitive
what i a bit found simplistic was the staging

i did like it but i liked all the others a lot more

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago
Reply to  Jake

Maybe you remember a band named The Beatles

Jake
Jake
1 year ago
Reply to  Jacob

I do. And as I was watching Hammer of Thor—I thought to myself “it’s as if the spirits of George, Ringo and John had returned from the dead to compose this masterpiece”.

Lolek
Lolek
1 year ago

So hyped for her! My personal favourite song from this year’s MGP and that was a fantastic performance.

As an aside, I think Marie’s song was also fantastic and very well performed! She would also be a much welcomed addition to the final!!

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago

she has a good voice but i just dont liek her song! vilde and ESPECIALLY mari Bolla were so much better omg im abt to cry rn-

ffgbndn
ffgbndn
1 year ago
Reply to  ffgbndn

actually her song aint abd but i the others i mentioned were way better! I even liked sturla better than this !!!

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
1 year ago

YAY!!