It’s taken five semi-finals and a two-part second-chance round but Norway have finally decided. On Saturday ten acts competed in the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2022 and sang for a spot at Eurovision. In the end the banana-coloured wolves from outer space won — that’s Subwoolfer — won with their song “Give That Wolf a Banana.”

Of the ten acts in the grand final, five were pre-qualified, four acts made it through by winning their semi-final and one lucky semi-finalist won the second-chance wildcard. But no matter how they got to the grand final, everyone had to start from scratch.

The ten acts performed their songs and then faced the first round of voting.

From there, producers revealed the top four acts — Sofie Fjellvang, Elsie Bay, Subwoolfer and NorthKid. After a quick vote only two could move on to the gold final:  NorthKid and Subwoolfer.

They performed again and, after an exciting period of voting, Subwoolfer won the Gold Duel and were crowned the champion of Melodi Grand Prix 2022. They will represent Norway at Eurovision 2022.

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2022 grand final results

In the end, Subwoolfer amassed 368,106 votes compared to NorthKid’s 312,223. They outperformed the boy band in every region except the north, which is where the boy band hail from.

Melodi Grand Prix grand final running order

  1. Oda Gondrosen – “Hammer of Thor”
  2. NorthKid – “Someone”
  3. Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Queen Bees”
  4. Farida – “Dangerous”
  5. Sofie Fjellvang – “Made of Glass”
  6. Frode Vassel – “Black Flowers”
  7. Christian Ingebrigtsen – “Wonder of the World”
  8. Maria Mohn – “Fly”
  9. Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”
  10. Elsie Bay – “Death of Us”

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Rich
Rich
9 months ago

Thank you for not copying Duncan or another precious winner . It reminds of gangnam style a bit. Audience will love it, juries less. Especially since the whole world seems to love the masked singer. They might think we should guess who are these wolves.

Frau Loch
Frau Loch
9 months ago

Why is it that if a song has a fun factor some people feel the need to describe it as a copy, joke or even plagiarism? What about all these men and women singing a ballad in a boring outfit? That we have seen a hundreds times before but that’s ok?
Without the Verka’s and Subwooflers Eurovision will become a snooze fest. Share your thoughts but don’t pretend that yours are from the bible of Eurovision. It’s just another opinion.

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago

the female ballads ate off each other’s votes and northkid had region backing so elsie drew the shortest of straws.

ESCalator
ESCalator
9 months ago

Is anyone seeing the following ad: “Snow White turned her dream business into a reality with Squarespace”?

I guess the AI saw the ‘wolf’ and the ‘grandma’ and put the pieces together…scary

Jack
Jack
7 months ago
Reply to  ESCalator

What do you mean? Honestly, I don’t understant this point.

ESCalator
ESCalator
9 months ago

The issue it that the ‘fox song’ went viral with 1B views 8 years ago, and copies of viral things usually don’t go viral because they are old news. That being said, I don’t dislike the song, it’s fun…

Heurve
9 months ago

Nei Norge, nei. Hvorfor det? Once again, Norway will have priviledged “cooliness” over talent. But what they consider to be cool (i.e. that can appeal to an international audience with English lyrics, catchy routines, breakdowns, costumes) is clearly not, at least for most European viewers, hence the number of negative comments here. Food for thought.

Mendi
Mendi
9 months ago

Awful. Not going into too many details. Tune is great but lyrics and performance is so dull. No faces, man in space suit, yellow wolf masks singing about wolves and bananas.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago

If this song was sung by unmasked singers would people ‘love’ it so much?
If Latvian song, the singers were dressed as cucumber, asparagus and eggplant would people love it more?.

Donnie
9 months ago

I don’t understand all the criticism against this act. It s the only catchy song until now at the Eurovision and I m not sure other ones will follow. The staging already works and the stage in Turin will pump it up.
Ok, the lyrics obviously don’t give you food for thought about the meaning of life but how many catchy songs do it? And I don’t see any poems delivered by the other contestants.
The wolf and his banana will end up in top10 and I see many chances for a top5, no doubts!

Last edited 9 months ago by Donnie
Morwen
Morwen
9 months ago
Reply to  Donnie

Well, the lyrics are bad, the song itself is ok. But it screams plagiarism: the idea is not original, the song is literally a mix between “What does the fox say” and “No roots” by Alice Merton… I seriously hope this doesn’t win, it’s okay to enjoy it, but please do not vote for stuff like this. We need original songs, not revamped versions of old songs with bizarre lyrics

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago

If this wins I hope my country (Spain) withdraws from Eurovision. And I am not saying that out of anger. Just disappointment.

KLINE
KLINE
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Just for the record. Spain’s entry this year is not exactly a masterpiece in terms of music and lyrics – it survives on good choreography!

Jark
Jark
9 months ago

Yeah, all the ballad girls certainly didn’t make it easy for a good song to get chosen this year. And while I have no problem believing Subwoolfer will grab their share of audience votes, the voters apparently still haven’t learned that you need an act that will be favored by both the audience and the jury. And, like they predictably did TIX, the juries will destroy this act.

Zed
Zed
9 months ago

oh yes here come all the “music experts” to trash this entry because “it’s not serious music” (while having zero proper musical education). If it was up to you we would have never had Dancing Lasha Tumbai in Eurovision. Go cry in the corner, will ya

Jark
Jark
9 months ago
Reply to  Zed

You have a point. I don’t particularly like Subwoolfer’s entry and I think it’s a bit of an insult to the other participants to choose such a silly meme song over their entries. And then of course I have to reconcile that fact with the fact that I absolutely love Verka and Little Big…

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
9 months ago
Reply to  Zed

Yes for me we never would have had Dancing Lasha Tumbai… Thank God those horrible days are over

SwissCheese
SwissCheese
9 months ago

Poor mix between: Daft Punk & Ylvis (what does the fox say).

Johnny
Johnny
9 months ago

Fun and catchy, nice to see some uptempo songs amongst these slower songs.

blueeyed
blueeyed
9 months ago

What the hell is this? Never order fetish doggy masks from Wish

Last edited 9 months ago by blueeyed
tomato
tomato
9 months ago

This is a plagiarism of Lordi (Finland 2006). This song might be popular on TikTok but shouldn’t qualify for the Eurovision final.

Zed
Zed
9 months ago
Reply to  tomato

I would recommend you to learn the definition of the word “plagiarism”

Jonah
9 months ago
Reply to  tomato

How? It has no similarities, like 0 thing in common..

Morwen
Morwen
9 months ago
Reply to  tomato

More like it’s a mix between “What does the fox say”, “No roots” and “Daft Punk”. Whatever, it just feels like things we have already heard in the past

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  Morwen

It’s not a mix between anything at all. Sure it has some minor resemblance to those but every other song ever could draw resemblance to another song. The lyrics are what make this song original, love it or hate it. At the end of the day, it’s an upbeat dance song in a crowd of slower songs and the jokish aspect of it makes eurovision what it is.

Doris
Doris
9 months ago

Agree, not a joke only pure cr*p

Ffs
Ffs
9 months ago

I loathe masks ! All kinds of masks !!!

Doris
Doris
9 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

Maybe they are anticipating a new COVID wave in may lol.

potaxio
potaxio
9 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

I think it’s normal, after two years of mandatory use, everyone must be fed up with them

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

I feel you bro :/

Mendi
Mendi
9 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

Same. Not when people perform (supposed to) live. Completely beats the meaning of Singing LIVE as no one can see what, how or even if they sing live.

Doris
Doris
9 months ago

Time for the juries to give the ability of negative points. Norway -12 pts !

Una
Una
9 months ago

Congratulations to the winners 🙂

My favourite song of this year’s MGP was actually Eline Noelia’s “Ecstacy”. Still got the song to re-listen to and enjoy!!

Erik
Erik
9 months ago

Douce point to Norway! Note we’re talking! This years ESC will have so much variety. I hope the formulaic radio pop songs don’t take over too much. I want a variety to qualify for the finals

kaswy
kaswy
9 months ago

edgy

Doris
Doris
9 months ago

Awful and the best way to cheat with playback.

Benny
Benny
9 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Cheat? It’s been allowed since 2020?

Gurl
Gurl
9 months ago

I’m surprised by the negative comments. This sounds like a secure Top 10 to me. Even Top 5. It’s one of the catchiest acts selected so far.

potaxio
potaxio
9 months ago
Reply to  Gurl

It’s horrible, I hope it doesn’t make it past the SF

Ted
Ted
9 months ago

I’ll file this one under “I don’t feel hate etc”
ie annoying and not my bag.

The masks on the face not only cover their mouths but also their eyes. So there’s absolutely zero connection with the act. I predict that it will not qualify out of the semi’s because of this.

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted

You’re right when you say there’s no connection with the act, but that’s the point. Their elaborate backstory may compensate for that though. I feel like this is an easy qualifier and could do well, but we’ll have to see.

KLINE
KLINE
9 months ago

A lot of people seem overlook or ignore that Elsie’s vocals were dodgy – there were far better vocalists in the final than her. Far better stage shows as well. Fair enough – the song was ok – but not mind-blowing. Personally I enjoyed Dangerous and Our Love Was Made of Glass far more than Death of Us – and they they featured far better vocalists! Subwoolfer was the clear winner, though!

Last edited 9 months ago by KLINE
Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
9 months ago
Reply to  KLINE

I would rather say that songs like Death Of Us and Growing Up Is Getting Old are just too good for show contest like Eurovision. Give That Wolf A Banana is what suits this TV show and what people will vote for.

kir
kir
9 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Is Amar pelos dois too good for the ESC?

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago
Reply to  kir

If this song wins Eurovision then yes it definitely is.

Stef
Stef
9 months ago

I prefer salad.
Can someone explain the lyrics though?

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
9 months ago

How many unbearable troll acts this year?

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  WhiteSox

pepper with that salt?

fan
fan
9 months ago

Yes quite a good catchy song. Will get a big televote. I must say though I don’t really understand it but still…

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
9 months ago

This is why we need jury in Eurovision.

Frosty
Frosty
9 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Tell that to the fans in Spain. >_>
(I’m a Chanel fan, but I can certainly understand why Tanxugeiras fans were unhappy. There has to be a balance.)
That said, besides the song, this has slick choreography and camera angles. It was *tight* last night. No grandmas left uneaten.

Jark
Jark
9 months ago
Reply to  Frosty

Eh, I think the Spanish jury made the right choice. Something felt off about Tanxugueiras’ performance, Chanel delivered and then some. And Ay Mamá was… well, just way too weird to win much of anything. That said, it can certainly be frustrating when you don’t see eye to eye with the jury.
And yes, the Norwegian voters seem to be daring NRK to establish a jury, given our incomprehensible voting the last couple of years.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago
Reply to  Jark

After this, nothing is ‘too weird’ in Esc.

Marius
Marius
9 months ago

This song will definitely be talked about and be trending in tiktok’s or memes, I think it’s a great quality humor entry, which reminds me of Ylvis ‘What does the fox say’ phenomena – this should be high in televote because dance is memorable and it’s easy to sing this song.

I’m happy with the song, it’s just important to not look at it as a vocally serious song, more as a quality humor act.

Morwen
Morwen
9 months ago
Reply to  Marius

It reminds you of “What does the fox say”? It doesn’t remind you, it’s literally the same song, with some other elements taken from other songs like “No roots” and “Daft Punk”

Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago

The Yummy part is reminding me of a Ke$ha song.

Gassenhauer
Gassenhauer
9 months ago

Juries: 35 points
Televote: 370 points

You know it will happen, and come in 2nd or 3rd over all.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
9 months ago
Reply to  Gassenhauer

370 points in televoting? Hahahaha, no. Just because it is over the top it does not mean the whole Europe will like it. I already don’t get the hype. It might get 200 points at best.

Last edited 9 months ago by Eurovision fan
Frosty
Frosty
9 months ago
Reply to  Gassenhauer

KEiiNO had a similar result, and it came sixth overall. Det kan skje igjen!

Jark
Jark
9 months ago
Reply to  Frosty

KEiiNO had a banger of a song, though. Subwoolfer kinda sounds and looks like a committee sat down and reviewed viral videos from the past decade and settled on Uno and What Does the Fox Say?

Teddie
Teddie
9 months ago

Winner vibes incoming babeeyy

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Reply to  Teddie

Televote maybe
But it’s absolute delusion to think that will win the whole thing.

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

You’d be right if this was a normal year but 2022 seems to be a year with no standouts. Out of the 18 songs released as of now, I think norway would have a good chance at top 3 at least.

Aaa
Aaa
9 months ago

Song is like marmite

Farida did not improve so much from the semi just to stay in the bottom 6

But this will do well at eurovision

Frosty
Frosty
9 months ago
Reply to  Aaa

There were some good songs that got left behind when we got to the Gold Final. That said, I think the glut of ballads diluted their votes in the end. So happy that Sofie got there, though. Well done, everyone!

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
9 months ago

This is what you get if you use exclusively televote. Let this be a reminder

ingeborg
ingeborg
9 months ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Last time we had juries in mgp “thats how you write a song” were chosen. juries voted for it, televote somthing else. THAT is a reminder.

Jark
Jark
9 months ago
Reply to  ingeborg

… That’s How You Write a Song was chosen by the jury? Man, I did not know that and now I don’t know what to think, lol. The jury giveth, the jury taketh away. And some times, the jury giveth some truly awful stuff.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
9 months ago
Reply to  ingeborg

Still better than this. Also the competition that year was very weak so no comparison.

Robert
Robert
9 months ago

Unpopular opinion incoming.. This shouldn’t go to the final and if it indeed doesn’t its proof Eurovision has evolved into a credible show instead of letting this suggestive fairytale song grab points from really good songs.. Junior Eurovision at best.. No Norway, I’m over it

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Agreed! 200%!!

It probably will though because memes work at Eurovision now. This is Norway’s second year in the meme market.

Melissa J
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Memes are what got Poland into 3rd place in 2016, it’s just part of how pop culture is now. Nothing wrong with that

Jark
Jark
9 months ago
Reply to  Melissa J

I got worried because throughout MGP everyone kept droning on and on about TikTok this and TikTok that, and… gah, I’m really not ready for the TikTok crowd to have any influence whatsoever. I don’t want ESC finalists to be selected over who has the best presence on that dumpster fire of a social network.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Absolutely!!!

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

ohhhh my god you’re so boring please smile for once and have some fun. this is actually a really well made song if you look past the lyrics

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Reply to  hqckk

Did you really just say it’s a good song “if you look past the lyrics”?
Wow…just wow.

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It’s a well produced song and you’re lying to yourself if you think otherwise.

Robert
Robert
9 months ago
Reply to  hqckk

I smile every freaking day my friend, just have a taste level.. Just not into it

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

It’s fine to dislike it but you’re crazy if you think that this is a liability to the contest. This is the kind of song you take at face value, you tap your foot along to and then you get back into the songs which have a chance at winning the contest.

potaxio
potaxio
9 months ago
Reply to  hqckk

If this is funny then it got the whole squad laughing ._.

hqckk
hqckk
9 months ago
Reply to  potaxio

It’s not necessarily funny. Just a good upbeat song.

James
James
9 months ago

Juries voted for ‘Toy’, so I can see this ending up top 5 with the juries, and then 1st with televote, which could end up with a win.

AllThingsNordic.eu
9 months ago

OK, now we are talking! Possible win contender? We’ll see, definitely stands out from the rest of the songs (so far). Cute, catchy, different. Will do well. Early prediction: Top-10 at least.

Jark
Jark
9 months ago

I hope it does better than Fallen Angel, but it’s delusional to think that the juries won’t eviscerate this.

Agent 007
Agent 007
9 months ago

I mean only 20-25% of their vocals were life. That will not be allowed at Eurovision.

I liked Oda, Sofie and Elsie Bay very much.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

Last year EBU changed it to allow acts to have pre-recorded backing vocals and reduce people travelling (backing vocalists etc), so I reckon they’ll get to keep all the vocals in.

Agent 007
Agent 007
9 months ago
Reply to  James

That doesn’t mean that singers can sing only 2 lines of intro and 2 lines fo verses dancing to the other pre-recorded parts. Otherwise, I refuse to watch Eurovision any more.

Doris
Doris
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

more like than 5¨% lol

ingeborg
ingeborg
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

we know who the singerrs are and they are seasoned amazing vocalists.

Phil
Phil
9 months ago

Ridiculous crap. Hope they end last.

Last edited 9 months ago by Phil
Pearli
Pearli
9 months ago

Ready for top 10 with the televote. Televote usually loves this kind of stuff.

AllThingsNordic.eu
9 months ago
Reply to  Pearli

Definitely top-5 in televote

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Pearli

I reckon they’re winning the televote, it’s all down to the juries.

Isabella
Isabella
9 months ago

that is just the right type of joke entry that the audience can get behind cause they sound good plus the little dance is catchy as heck. they’re coming strong for the televote.
it almost feels like it’s a spiritual cousin of Uno (rip)

AllThingsNordic.eu
9 months ago
Reply to  Isabella

Russia’s UNO and France’s Pony X combined but with a more contemporary pop style. Love it!

Robert
Robert
9 months ago

Not even close

Markus
Markus
9 months ago
Reply to  Isabella

The relationship is rather adult (Uno) versus teenager (Subwoolfer).

Craigee_mac
Craigee_mac
9 months ago

I Loved Elsie (my #1), I liked Northkid and I enjoyed Subwoolfer. So I am fine with this result. At the end of the day, this is the song Norway decided to send to represent them, so good luck to them in 2022. No one wants to see a grand final with 26 generic pop songs, and this song stands out and the staging really has an impact. I still have no idea what the song is about? But with eating bananas and eating our salads, the Eurovision certainly will be good for our waistlines.

Frosty
Frosty
9 months ago
Reply to  Craigee_mac

A shame we aren’t getting Tiramisu from San Marino, then! XD

Jark
Jark
9 months ago
Reply to  Craigee_mac

As a Norwegian I can’t help but feel a tiny bit hypocritical thinking that I love silly joke dumpster fire entries in ESC… I just don’t want us to be the ones sending them!

Craigee_mac
Craigee_mac
9 months ago
Reply to  Jark

At least you’re not sending Dustin the Turkey!! That would be too much

Zander25
Zander25
9 months ago

can EBU impose not to made them wear that mask? or atleast reveal the mouth. The vocals sounds too perfect like it was a playback and I can’t see their mouth.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Zander25

Their mouths are exposed underneath their noses. But it would be difficult regardless to see them.

Doris
Doris
9 months ago
Reply to  Zander25

Of course it’s playback, does people hear know what live voices sound should sounds or what ?

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago
Reply to  Doris

I have read that the one singing is the astronaut not the dogs.

Nils
Nils
9 months ago

So unfunny and cringeworthy … unfortunately, it will still get a good result.

Serafina
Serafina
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Yes, it will, suckeeeer

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago

this is a 2014 type of meme/humor that locals will love. since keiino norway has completely said NO to pandering to juries haha

Alex
Alex
9 months ago

çant believe Elsie missed the final.

Anyway, i love the melody/beat of the wolf song but the lyrics are ridiculous and lower the quality of Eurovision…so cringy. Norway clearly doesn’t take it seriously anymore, it’s sad because they had a big song in 2020 and the show was cancelled LOL.

Anyway, jokes aside, i think the wolf song can pull a Keiino and win the televoting but flop hard with juries. It will go viral on TIKTOK too.

So when are we gonna know the artists behind this?

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

Norway 8/12 the only song from tonight winners which I really like

Last edited 9 months ago by Mr X
Kosey
Kosey
9 months ago

Reminds me of a children’s party, it’s quite childish.