Norway has started its search for the new queen of kings (or the opposite). The 18 artists competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2024 — Norway’s national selection for Eurovision — were revealed today Friday 5 January.

Among the 18 acts we find well-known names such as former Eurovision contestants KEiiNO and Margaret Berger – the latter hoping to better her 4th place finish at Eurovision the last time the contest was held in Malmö back in 2013. Other MGP returnees are FaridaVidar Villa and Benedicte Adrian.

Overview contestants

Semi-final 1 (13 January)

  • Margaret Berger – “Oblivion”
  • Myra – “Heart on Fire”
  • Ingrid Jasmin – “Eya”
  • GOTHMINISTER – “We Come Alive”
  • Fredrik Halland – “Stranded”
  • Mathilde SPZ ft. Chris Archer & Slam Dunk – “Woman Show”

Semi-final 2 (20 January)

  • Gåte – “Ulveham”
  • Super Rob & Erika Norwich – “My AI”
  • MILEO – “You´re Mine”
  • Eli Kristin – “Touch Of Venus”
  • Dag Erik Oksvold og Anne Fagermo – “Judge Tenderly of Me”
  • Farida – “Heartache”

Semi-final 3 (27 January)

  • KEiiNO – “Damdiggida”
  • MIIA – “Green Lights”
  • Annprincess – “Save Me”
  • Thomas Jenssen – “Take Me To Heaven”
  • MISTRA – “Waltz of Death”
  • Vidar Villa – “MER”

Read more about each entry and listen to them down below.

Format of Melodi Grand Prix 2024

This year will see three semi-finals held in NRK studios in Oslo with 3 songs qualifying from each semi-final to make a line-up of 9 songs in the final, which will be held in Trondheim Spektrum on 3 February.

The qualifiers from the semi-finals are decided 100% by televote, while the final will have 60% televote and 40% international jury deciding the result.

The hosts of Melodi Grand Prix 2024 are Marion Ravn and Fredrik Solvang.


Semi-final 1 (13 January)

Margaret Berger – “Oblivion”
Composers: Margaret Berger, Anders Kjær, Minoca Engeseth and Sivert Hjeltnes Hagtvedt

Margaret Berger is a well-known name in this competition. She won MGP in 2013 and came 4th in Eurovision with the song “I Feed You My Love”.

She has accomplished a lot since she left the Idol stage in Norway in 2004. Spellemann award and heavy rotation on MTV, and being in ‘Every time we meet’ in 2016 and ‘Masked Singer’ in 2021. 11 years after the Eurovision adventure Margaret is now back in MGP with the song “Oblivion”.

Myra – “Heart on Fire”
Composers: David Atarodiyan, Svein Hermansen and Regina Tucker

Myra is an award winning artist and songwriter from Bergen who has established herself in the Norwegian music scene in the past few years.

She performed at Øya Festival, got “song of the week” on NRK P3, was nominated for “newcomer of the year” at P3 Gull and won the Edvard award in 2020 for the lyrics of her song “Hjemløs i egen by” (“Homeless in your own city”).

Through her life Myra experienced escape from war and childhood in foster care homes which could have made her heart go cold. But the MGP entry is an hommage to love and the hope to always keep the heart on fire.

Ingrid Jasmin – “Eya”
Composers: Ingrid Jasmin Vogt and Jonas Kroon

The music listener encountered an artist quite unlike anything else in the Norwegian music scene when Ingrid Jasmin released her debut single in 2021. Her electro-acoustic blend of traditions in modern production, performed with a characteristic vocal style, has garnered attention beyond Norway’s borders.

Recently mentioned by Billboard as “a completely refreshing blend of Nordic folk music, R&B, and Latin”, she has captivated audiences with her strong musical energy on stage, performing in several Norwegian cities and on the NRK stage TV program. The trilingual artist, songwriter and producer is now ready to captivate the MGP audience with the song “Eya”.

GOTHMINISTER – “We Come Alive”
Composer: Bjørn Alexander Brem

GOTHMINISTER is Bjørn Alexander Brems alter ego. He works as as lawyer during the day but at night the GOTHMINISTER comes out. Bjørn Alexander brings out his creative side through impressive costumes and music.

GOTHMINISTER recently performed in front of 30.000 people in Germany and toured in more than 40 countries through the years. They have charted very well in Germany and won no less than 19 international movie awards last year. 

The song “We Come Alive” talks about the value in being playful, believing in yourself and standing together against injustice.

Fredrik Halland – “Stranded”
Composers: Fredrik Halland, Jenson Vaughan and Ruthy Raba

The songwriter and guitarist Fredrik Halland has built an unparalleled list of achievements in the music industry. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16 to study music at the Musicians Institute, and even before he finished his studies, he was offered a tour with Colbie Caillat.

After writing and producing several songs for well-known artists like Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson and touring the world as a guitarist, he has now returned home to Norway and is ready to release his own music as an artist. His solo debut will be with the ballad “Stranded”, the song he entered in Melodi Grand Prix 2024 with.

Mathilde SPZ ft. Chris Archer & Slam Dunk – “Woman Show”
Composers: Audun Agnar Guldbrandsen, Silje Montsko Blandkjenn, Emmy Kristine Guttulsrud Kristiansen, Linda Dale, Christopher Colin Archer and Mathilde Espeseth

Mathilde SPZ is a firework of an artist who has written and performed her own songs since the age of 9.

She performed at an impressive list of festivals and stages and entertains ten thousands of spectators with her energetic presence on stage. In MGP it’s not a “one-man-show” but with her “Woman Show” – a party anthem for the introverts!

Chris Archer has more than 50 million streams in the hyperpop and techno genres, and Petter Haga, better known as Slam Dunk, went from being a civil engineer and entrepreneur to becoming an artist with his humourful songs.


Semi-final 2 (20 January)

Gåte – “Ulveham”
Composers: Sveinung Eklo Sundli, Ronny Graff Janssen, Marit Jensen Lillebuen, Gunnhild Sundli, Magnus Børmark and Jon Even Schärer

Gåte had their break through in the early 2000’s where they quickly became a national treasure in Norway. Their unusual combination of traditional Norwegian folk songs and explosive rock anthems took them out of the rehearsal basement to the big stage in record time.

They made spectacular liveshows, two critically acclaimed studio albums which sold more than 100,000 albums and went to the top of the charts. After a 12 year long hiatus they returned in 2017 to renewed fame and acclamation from the Norwegian fans and critics.

Super Rob & Erika Norwich – “My AI”
Composers: Lars Horn Lavik, Super Rob, Erika Norwich and Kristian Liljan

Erika Norwich is a talented songwriter and artist from Trondheim. With her unconventional and honest approach to music, life and social media she provokes and touch the hearts of those who see and listen to her.

In her next adventure Erika has found an unexpected work partner and best friend in Super Rob: An almost 3 metre tall robot equipped with the latest AI technology. He works kind of like the digital assistant Siri being sometimes genious and sometimes just downright annoying. He is full of clichés and aren’t afraid to use them, but Super Rob is here to help humans and just want to make good vibes for the whole world.

Maybe his favourite food is… a banana? We wolf’dnt know…

MILEO – “You´re Mine”
Composer: Miles Curtis Sesselmann

Mileo is a Norwegian-Australian singer and songwriter. He grew up with his Norwegian father and Australian mother and found out at a young age, that he had to learn to write and produce his own songs to get all of his musicality out in the open.

With his vivid imagination, creative spirit, dark humour and unique sound he seduces the listener into his own world. “You’re Mine” is exactly that with a catchy synth-heavy production with horror movie inspiration and an entertaining and thrilling nerve.

Eli Kristin – “Touch Of Venus”
Composers: Ronny Graff Janssen and Eli Kristin Hanssveen

Eli Kristin Hanssveen has always dreamed of participating in MGP but thought that door was closed when she became an opera singer. Now, she has co-written “Touch of Venus” with Ronny Janssen. It centers around the feeling of being an outsider which can either destroy you or take you to unforeseen heights.

Eli Kristin is currently a permanent soloist at the National Opera and one of Norway’s most renowned opera divas.

Dag Erik Oksvold og Anne Fagermo – “Judge Tenderly of Me”
Composers: Dag Erik Oksvold, Alexander Pettersen and Anne Fagermo

They were competitors in the Norwegian version of “The Voice” but have since found a musical connection together.

Anne Fagermo has in short time made her mark as a talented singer and songwriter where her distinctive voice and unique musical style took her to several stages in the country and published a couple of singles.

Dag Erik Oksvold got noticed for his silky smooth vocal and charming personality. He has been in the music business for quite some time, and in 2021 he made his debut album “Back Then”, a country-inspired album recorded in both Norway and Nashville.

Farida – “Heartache”
Composers: Farida Louise Bolseth Benounis, Kristian Wiik, Ilja Eriksson and Olav Tokerud

Farida returns to the MGP stage with a song and a show that stands out from anything she has done before with the song “Heartache”. She participated in Melodi Grand Prix in 2022 where she reached the final with the ballad “Dangerous”, a song also used in the TV 2 and Netflix series ‘Blodsbrødre’.

The girl from Gjøvik, who is also a songwriter, has opened for Dua Lipa, performed at the Øyafestivalen, appeared at by:Larm twice, won the award for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the same festival, and notably appeared at South by Southwest in Texas. Just before Christmas she went on a sold-out Christmas tour for the second year in a row.


Semi-final 3 (27 January)

KEiiNO – “Damdiggida”
Composers: Alexandra Rotan, Fred Buljo, Tom Hugo Hermansen, Alexander N. Olsson and Jakob Redtzer

KEiiNO are back in MGP five years after winning in 2019 and three years after coming second to TIX in 2021. This time they enter with an up-tempo song which they describe “as if Aqua, A-Ha and Lady Gaga would make a song for the 2024 edition of Tomorrowland”.

Damdiggida is a new-Sami word describing the abstract thing which brings people together, makes you smile and look on the bright side of life. Exactly what Eurovision-season is for millions of people in Norway and around the globe, and that is the reason they felt it was time to return to MGP for a final attempt to qualify for (and win) the European Championship of pop.

Because if they won’t succeed in fulfilling their big dream, they will at least have entered with a song that definitely will brighten up in a world that may seem darker and be more challenging for many.

MIIA – “Green Lights”
Composers: Benjamin Dan Ravn Fahre, Mia Virik Kristensen, Mugoshi David Nhonzi, Emelie Hollow and Ida Botten

MIIA’s raw and heartrending vocals captured many listeners around the world with the single “Dynasty” back in 2015. The magical tone was praised on Billboard and made its mark on hit lists like New Music Friday globally. As of now, the song has over 161 million streams on Spotify. “Dynasty” became the cornerstone of the artist MIIA had always dreamed of being.

Behind the artist name, we find Mia Virik Kristensen from Kragerø. Now, she is making a leap in the MGP context with “Green Lights” and aims to represent Norway on the grand Eurovision stage.

Annprincess – “Save Me”
Composer: Annprincess Johnson

Annprincess originates from Liberia and escaped to Norway with her mother at the age of 7. Now at 32 she loves to compose songs that make others feel seen and heard and she competed in “The Voice” in Norway in 2022

After releasing her debut single in 2019 she now enters MGP with the song “Save Me” which focuses on the loneliness you can feel when others point out how different you are. But despite that you have accept it, embrace how you are and stand up for yourself.

Thomas Jenssen – “Take Me To Heaven”
Composers: Thomas Jenssen, Ricky Hanley, David Fremberg and Jonas Holteberg Jensen

Thomas Jenssen has studied music at the University of Agder and is at his last year getting a masters degree in songwriting. With several singles out, concerts and a brand new Christmas album in Norwegian in the bag he is now ready to take all of Norway by storm.

He has always dreamt of participating in MGP and the stage is where he feel most at home. He sang as a tenor in the “Oslo Fagottkor” for many years (yes, it translates exactly as you think it does!) before he dared to aim for at solo career as an artist. “Take Me To Heaven” is about being captivated by someone and daring to be vulnerable.

To be yourself is an important issue, especially in the queer community, and the message of the song is something Thomas is really passionate about.

MISTRA – “Waltz of Death”
Composers: Benedicte Adrian and Anders Odden

MISTRA is a new duo consisting of to opposites in the Norwegian music industry: Pop queen Benedicte Adrian and metal pioneer Anders Odden going together to perform the song “Waltz of Death”.

Benedicte Adrian is back in MGP exactly 40 years after winning the contest in 1984 as a part of Dollie de Luxe, where they performed “Lenge leve livet” at Eurovision. Since then the duo made several albums and made music for musicals together, before Benedicte went on to a solo career bringing her to both opera, classical and pop music stages.

Anders Odden has had a long career in the black metal genre. He made his debut with the band Cadaver in 1990 with the first Norwegian death metal album “Hallucinating Anxiety”, and since then the band released six albums and achieved cult status all over the world. He has also toured as a musician for other bands in the metal genre, amongst them Satyricon and Celtic Frost.

Vidar Villa – “MER”
Composers: Vidar Mohaugen, Jonas Thomassen, Martin Thomassen and Mathias Nilsen

Much has happened since Vidar Villa stood on the MGP stage in 2018, at the beginning of his career, singing about the guitarist’s mother. He has now established himself as one of Norway’s biggest artists, playing more than 500 concerts, being streamed more than 200 million times and getting gold or platinum records for 17 of his songs.

Vidar’s contribution to this year’s competition is the vibrant energy bomb “MER”. The song is about embracing all parts of life – both the good and the bad.

Which artists and songs are you most hyped for? Who do you hope to see represent Norway in Malmö? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ted
Ted
3 months ago

can we tone down the one that is not william. It feels like we’re watching a hyped up kids tv show with these reviews.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

My polar days and nights and bears! All songs are so good!

Bandido
Bandido
3 months ago

Just think Keino had their time with 2019 banger. Even Monuments wasn’t nothing new.

Jonny
Jonny
3 months ago

Damdiggida for the win!

Hélène
Hélène
3 months ago

keiino has been listening to E-type from Sweden. Some parts are extremly like e-type especially the ”rap”. Is is a copy.

Hélène
Hélène
3 months ago
Reply to  Hélène

Just listen to E-types classic “this is the way.” The “rap” is his signum.

Drico
Drico
3 months ago

Surprisingly, Keiino is not my favourite. Actually, it feels like a bad song from the 90s, and I trully love them! But, this song is not my cup of tea … My favourite is MIIA with a Green Light …

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
3 months ago

My qualifiers for each semi Semi 1: 1 – “Eya” this is the only song in this semi I care about. The others were fine but not nearly as memorable. But I guess I have to pick two others so 2 – “Oblivion” I honestly don’t remember it after listening to all the other songs, but I dimly recall liking it well enough as the first song in the selection 3 – “Stranded” his voice is nice but the song is a tad generic Semi 2: 1 – “Touch of Venus” beautiful gorgeous stunning. And then she goes into opera?… Read more »

europotato
europotato
3 months ago

The robot song, everyone else can go home.

Sparky
Sparky
3 months ago
Reply to  europotato

That’s the worst song by a country mile. Followed by the tedium made by M. Berger.

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 months ago

So happy to see Margaret Berger in this list…Feed you my love was and still is a fantastic song. One of Norway s best..

Nikki
Nikki
3 months ago

Surprisingly, Keiino is not my favourite. I do like Margaret, Gothminster and Gate better. I think Semi 2 is slightly weaker than the rest, I only really like Gate there, But I think it’s a good line-up.

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago

This year’s choices are weak for Norway (especially when you compare with previous years), but there are 2-3 songs that could do a lower top 10 in May.

Polegend Godnova
3 months ago

i surprisingly loved keiino’s song! but i would send gåte to eurovision as it’s different from norway’s usual songs.

Felix
Felix
3 months ago

gåte is by far one of the strongest and most unique songs, its one of the few that doesnt bore me after one listen

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
3 months ago
Reply to  Felix

It`s my favourite

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
3 months ago

Margaret Berger we know she slays when singing live . Her song is really good . It’s the best from the shortlist in my opinion.

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

Maybe, but still very far from a ESC winning song.

Sparky
Sparky
3 months ago
Reply to  MartyMcCu

It’s a tedious, pretentious ballad, that (hopefully) fails to qualify for the finals.

WESSEL
WESSEL
3 months ago

The only entry with some genuine musical heart is Judge Tenderly of Me.

Yeshoney
Yeshoney
3 months ago

Kind of disappointing. I don’t see any winner in May among these bunch. KeiiNO’s song is not as good as their previous attempts and so is Margaret.

Erikiejberg
Erikiejberg
3 months ago

I really dont get all the Keiino hate here and on X. They are still super popular and made quite some nice bobs outside of Eurovision. They just seem to love it so much they wanted to try another time. Is this new songs as much jury bait as Momument? No. Is it as original as Spirit in the sky? Maybe, but since SitS they made many songs with those element so to us it sounds basic. I am for example happy they let Fred do something different than joiking now, because it started to become repetitive over their whole… Read more »

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
3 months ago

Nothing here that rips my nips, based on previews alone. But ‘Green Lights’ definitely has my attention and I’m looking forward to hearing it in full. 🙂

Brick
Brick
3 months ago

Judge Tenderly of Me is a masterpiece and Anne ‘s voice is heavenly. This has the potentinal for a Common Linnets + Salvador Sobral moment

Edu
Edu
3 months ago

I love when I get obsessed with euro songs and it happened again this year. I loved the songs!

You’re Mine, We come alive, Green Lights, Oblivion and Judge Tenderly are my favorites!

Felix
Felix
3 months ago

Gåte and Miia feels like they are criminally underdiscussed, with the right staging they could be dark horses for the MGP trophy – and worthy ESC entries! Gåte is mysterious and dark, but NOT boring. I think their intense rock opera vibe would be more exciting for audiences than something like Hooverphonic. And Miia has Ulrikke level vocals but is more unique, her soprano will create an iconic moment onstage.

Felix
Felix
3 months ago

Dear wiwibloggs: Please react to AND interview Miia as well, she has an angelic soprano and could end up a dark horse in a sea of dance songs. Remember it’s a 40% jury vote! She is amazing live and is going to create a “moment”, I just know it!

Grft
Grft
3 months ago

I think 4 songs could be great MGP winners: – Oblivion: The most professional track of the bunch, typical well produced scandipop, could be a radio hit. The live version will obviously elevate the song thanks to Margaret’s vocals and charisma. But maybe too safe to appeal to Norwegians … – Damdiggida: A televote magnet, I can very well see it win the televote again in May. It’s the right amount of catchiness, camp, folklore and good vocals. But the juries will hate it. I think Norwegians will go with this one though. – My AI: Another camp entry that… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

Just wanted to mention that it’s great to have Farida back this year. I still listen to “Dangerous”, an “unofficial Bond theme” that deserved to go onto a Netflix soundtrack for sure. I look forward to this reunion. Then there is Margaret Berger. I saw her live once, at LEP, so I have felt the power of her voice. She’s never to be underestimated. As for KeiiNO, they have a winning musical formula on their side. Their track this year doesn’t sound 100% ready to me yet, but it can be built upon. I would like to hear more from… Read more »

Claude
Claude
3 months ago

I don’t understand all the hate for this! There’s not a single bad song in this NF and I can tell Norway will do really well this year. It’s so hard to pick a winner amongst all these because the quality is outstanding- I like this better than 2023 if I’m being honest. Can’t wait for MGP!!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

A waltz = 3/4
The “waltz of death” = 4/4 (3-3-2)
Plus, the “waltz of death” here seems to be built on slowly descending chromatic lines.
Ahh, this literal use of music theory caught me by surprise! Or maybe it caught me dying. 🙂

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
3 months ago

New Keiino song in UK Itunes top 200 as of 4pm tonight

Grft
Grft
3 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Itunes doesn’t represent anything nowadays

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
3 months ago
Reply to  Grft

Well someone reacted early to the song which i thought was just a new release from the group not a Eurovision contender

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Interesting how iTunes became Apple Music, but the chart kept the old name and n defiance.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

That’s a very cool typo. I’m keeping it.

Grft
Grft
3 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

ITunes Charts and Apple Music charts are different! (iTunes = download a song, Apple Music = streaming)

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  Grft

Thanks.

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago

MGP Is Like Melfest Lite. But Even Melfest Manages To Produce A Banger Every Now And Then. Even Moldova Has A Better Selection This Year

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Who Are You Because You Are Not Me

BEJBA
BEJBA
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Hiiiiiii

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Wiwi Blogs Ban This Improste

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

I think they’re all good this year.

Tino
Tino
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Jeez, one Bejba was enough. We don’t need two.

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago
Reply to  Tino

Why not?

3art
3art
3 months ago

Margaret Berger’s tune is class <3

Marcus
Marcus
3 months ago

Margaret and Ingrid are ok, but I guess Norway will pick as always one of the cheesy songs. 

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

If I were Norway I would think like this: We definitely can’t win this year with these songs, so let’s just use this opportunity to send a song in native language which would also stand out in Malmo

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Who decide who can win or not?

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

No anwers of course…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Plot twist: the robot wins Eurovision

lasse braun
lasse braun
3 months ago

i am this year team
MISTRA – „Waltz of Death”
this song offers class.

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
3 months ago

I’m a bit puzzled that so many here thinks it’s a weak selection. Because that’s not the fact here in Norway. I feel a very strong consesus that we have a strong selection this year. I can see that on comments on various forums and now I watched a live video for 1,5 hours were everyone spoke of how excited they were for this years songs here in Norway. Both the panel and everyone in the comments. So I really wonder why you abroad differs so much from what most of us Norwegians feel about our selection this year?

Bart
Bart
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

I think also it’s a very strong selection greeting’s Netherlands

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
3 months ago
Reply to  Bart

Thank you!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

I feel like it’s strong too! In my opinion this will be the best selection this year. It’s very diverse and because there’s few stand out songs the quality is high. I would also say wait until the live performance to judge everything.

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

It is the sheer number of even songs. Very different genres, though. The choice seems to be between a banger and more eteric song.

Claude
Claude
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

No idea why people think it’s a weak selection. It’s very strong and I rarely like all the songs from a NF, especially a big one like MGP, but this is quality!

Tino
Tino
3 months ago

Miia is my ultimate favorite here. Clearly not a winner but I could see it somewhere between 7th and 12th in Eurovision.

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
3 months ago

I listened to the songs and none of them smacked like an obvious winner – though there were three obvious bangers. Many songs, like Stranded, seemed perhaps too complex for Eurovision contest and didn’t stand out. In the end very level competition that will depend on the live delivery. Songs that perhaps stood out for me were Mer, Heartache and We come alive. Ulveham and Green lights were intriguing. The problem with these many song NFs is that the songs drown to the multitude.

Noam600
Noam600
3 months ago

I was ready to add new songs to my playlist.. but no.. I dont like any of this songs.. what is going on Norway I’ve expected for sooo much more.

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
3 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Most of us Norwegians agrees that this is a strong selection. I think it’s the strongest for many years, and I see others who thinks the same. So I’m really puzzled that so many of you thinks it’s bad, when we thinks the opposite …

Sophia
Sophia
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

I think it’s really good actually! And I’m American.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

I’m from outside of Norway and I think the level is high. We will just have to wait for the live performances to judge the quality as it could all change!

StianF
StianF
3 months ago

Wow overall good quality of songs this year – as in Spain, Estonia and Czechia as well (but all can change when live performances happen). 3 standouts for me: Margaret Berger: Song sounds like it could have been one of Robyns best songs. It is just fabulous. Chill Nordic electronica that the only the Nordics know how to do! Gåte: The Norwegian Rock-version of Ukraine’s Go_A. This is FOLK and ROCK and it is haunting and amazing. People have wanted Gåte to take part for years and now finally they are here – watch them go all the way. And… Read more »

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
3 months ago
Reply to  StianF

Gåte said today that they hadn’t done MGP hadn’t it been for this “After Sep 1”. “Ulveham” were one of six songs on their latest EP released on Dec 12. Before that they’ve toured both nationally and abroad and when asked by the broadcaster they felt that they had some songs from the EP to choose from based on public response during the tour. Making a song just for Eurovision isn’t the way they work, but with this rule implemented they felt that this time around they could do it. When coming to that country song, I love it. It’s… Read more »

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

Just to clear up, the EP version of “Ulveham” from the EP in December is 5:47.

Stian F
Stian F
3 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

I didnt know that about Gåte – thanks for the information and clear up!

Sparky
Sparky
3 months ago

I’m tired of KEIINO bashing since 2019. They have proven their critics wrong by becoming a band with their own legit sound and created lots of catchy songs from Venus through Black Leather to Unbreakable. Damdiggida would be a fan favourite if it was a newborn artist’s song, but since it’s KEIINO, people have to sht on them. Obviously it’s not something as deep as Monument or Alt Du Kan Se (lyrically and musically), but as a feelgood song, it’s much better than the vast majority on this list, which are all tryhard efforts without the sufficient edge that make… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Sparky

Monument was good but it was a copy of what they did before. This is a very unique sound even for them!

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago

Norway Needs Big Mirikal To Qualify Sence This Songs Are Just All Terible . I Hope Keino Win And Non Qualify It Would Be Helarous

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Much Better Song Is Queens Of Kings . Alexandra Should Always Reprent Norway Eurowision

Jonny
Jonny
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Please learn how to write properly!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago

Please wait until the live performances before you make your full judgements – come to such a quiet decision can cloud your judgements, especially when MGP puts a lot of effort into the staging and dancers. Let’s see how they sing live too.

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago

Its Not Live Music Because Norway Brodcasting Will Uses AutoTune At The MGP Contest

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Only a small amount will be used to polish and fine tune the vocals and even then you can still tell by the robotic parts of the live vocals. The staging is a big factor too.

Jake
Jake
3 months ago

It’s a good mix of songs but I can’t help to think that Norway continues to veer waaay too hard towards kitsch. At this point it seems like a straightforward song will never be able to ever win MGP again without a gimmick. I still think as a whole is weaker than last year—but that was a banner year. Guessing the winner might come through on staging and connecting with the audience on the night cause none scream winner.

Jake
Jake
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Also…is Tom really ok with just coming in for the last few bars of the song. What will he do on stage for the first 2 minutes?!?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Obviously a revamp is needed. Just get him to sing the whole song lol he is their USP!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

KEiiNO has got disappointing song, but they’ll probably win given how weak this year’s selection in. At this point they just wanna have fun at ESC again and I wouldn’t be mad if they won cause they still have one of the best songs at this year’s MGP.

On the other hand, Gate would be cultural reset for Norway and they could deliver epic performance at ESC, but Norway is too silly to send that song to ESC, not even sure if they will qualify.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

No, this lineup is much stronger than what fans are saying here and Gate has a shot since they’re popular in Norway and people wanted them to go.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago

I used to love KEiiNO. The dynamics and the teamwork Alexandra, Fred and Tom Hugo had in combination with their style were what made me adore them so much. But at this point, Alexandra is just a diva who needs all the spotlight, Fred is only there for his Sámi gimmick and Tom Hugo is the background singer with 4 lines of text to sing. I am immensely disappointed in KEiiNO.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

See for me, Fred is the best one – we need more Sami inspired lines from him!

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago

I love Fred, he’s my favorite of KEiiNO, but lately it feels like he’s being used to make the group stand out instead of that everyone in the group is of the same worth like it used to be

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

To be honest, Tom is forgettable. He can be removed. Fred is the real deal – he represents ancient Scandinavian culture. I’d like to see a song written and performed entirely by him. But this song isn’t that bad. It’s a cultural shift for KEiiNO which isn’t normally a bad thing of an artist decides to do something different.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago

“Tom is forgettable” is all I need to hear to disagree.

Nicomro
Nicomro
3 months ago

Very disappointed in Keiino entry 🙁 but they cant produce bop every year haha
I absolutely love Gåte and if not, i would like Miia in Malmö. Both of them have my votes (:

Margaret’s entry is good but not astounding in studio.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

I like Mileo’s song. A song about obsession from the point of view of a psycho, interesting. Extra points for writing it all himself, and I like his style. I’m optimistic for the staging. Does it have a chance? I hope so, it has personality for sure.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Early Marina and the Diamonds

Edu
Edu
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Amazing song!
My favorite right now.

Nikita Zhukov
Nikita Zhukov
3 months ago

In 2023, MGP was my favorite national selection, the songs were driving me nuts, I have 19 out of 21 acts in my playlist and I still listen to them frequently, I loved the show so much In 2024, I find myself wishing 2023 was back This is actually kinda sad to see, I do like 7 or 8 songs but Norway seriously has me questioning if they’re gonna keep their qualification streak alive Norway’s only post-2011 NQ happened in Sweden btw With that being said, my favorites are Farida and Margaret Berger (welcome back to both of them!), but… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Will will actual AI creep into this contest, and will it get proper credit? Has it already?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

A hint on this page suggests there may be a link with Give That Wolf a Banana…could it be that the Robot ‘Super Rob’ is a writer or member of Subwoolfer? Maybe that’s the explanation – it might not be a AI written song.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It is not a secret 😉

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

And so national final season really starts to get going – my favourite time of the Eurovision year! As ever, Norway comes out with some absolute classics (My AI has shot right up to the top of my rankings within the space of a few bars), cementing their place as one of my favourite national selections. And Croatia also, they have some exceptional options. I’m also super-pleased with the volume of fun, upbeat songs we seem to be getting so far – I wonder if it is the Cha Cha Cha effect? It’s refreshing to see so many entries understanding… Read more »

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

How can people hate this selection?? My AI is an absolute bop!!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Because for some people, it’s not as strong as previous years, and I kind of agree with that, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some good stuff here. It just doesn’t feel like there’s something that will win Eurovision here, which might be a factor in the disappointment.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Agreed! My AI is like nothing we’ve ever had before at Eurovision and it’s the future.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

I’d say more like a retro throwback to acts like aqua but fun non the less

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The KEiiNO song appears to be as well!

lasse braun
lasse braun
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

if AI is a bop,the bop needs a new haircut.

Mi7kel
Mi7kel
3 months ago

My Ai just made my day; makes me smile. Moreover I think it´s quite smart for the present time; with clear influences from Barbie by Aqua and talking AI. Don´t really understand the hate towards Keiino; I absolutely love them as a band; maybe the song it´s not the sound I was hoping for or the one I fell in love with them. But they couldn´t come again with a similar estructure or epic sound as Monument. Nevertheless I believe they have a great live, and if they were to win MGP they sure would do great in Eurovision, probably… Read more »

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago

Keiino is that one Eurovision group/artist that just cannot exist without Eurovision. Cannot let if go even when people are tired of them. Absolutely no self-awareness of becoming cringy.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

No self-consciousness is a good thing. Why care what people think? Being happy and fulfilled is more important than being “cool”.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Keiino are not the only Eurovision music acts that came together for the purpose of eurovision, but they seem to be one of the rare groups that’s actually still together and active beyond Eurovision. They have produced a lot of songs in the last five years since they formed, so even if you’re not a fan of them, give them credit for lasting this long. It’s more than I can say for other groups like equinox that disbanded after they represented Bulgaria in 2018.