LIVE: Melodi Grand Prix – Norway Chooses for Kyiv
by Joe Sansom · March 11, 2017
Tonight, Norway will choose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Norway were left disappointed in 2016 as Agnete’s ‘Icebreaker’ failed to qualify for the final in Stockholm, and so they will be hoping for a better result this time around.
There are ten acts competing in the Melodi Grand Prix for the honour of representing Norway in Kyiv. The running order will be as follows:
- Ulrikke – Places
- Jenny Augusta – I go where you go
- Rune Rudberg Band – Run run away
- JOWST – Grab the moment
- Kristian Valen – You & I
- In Fusion – Nothing ever knocked us over
- Amina Sewali – Mesterverk (Masterpiece)
- Ammunition – Wrecking crew
- Elin & The Woods – First step in faith/Oadjebasvuhtii
- Ella – Mamma boy
Viewers will also be treated to an interval perfoemance from ‘Mr Eurovision’ himself, Johnny Logan
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Not long now until the show gets underway. I’ve not listened to any of the Norwegian songs yet, so I’m hoping there will be a few good ones.
And we are away. We start with a silver clad duo on stage singing a parody song about all of the various national finals that have been happening.
MGP will be the best, or so they assure us in the song. “Sing for Norge, Sing for Europe!”
They actually remind me of the Hungry Hearts performance (purely because of the silver on the very same stage) – great memories as I was in the arena last year for the show
We also have our Editor Andy in the arena tonight. He’s been catching up with the artists ahead of the show.
You can see his interview with Elin and the Woods here:
We are now having all of the artists presented on the stage one by one. The running order will be as shown above
The result tonight will be a 50/50 combination of the televote, and a jury of international panel members.
Song 1: Ulrikke – ‘Places’
Ulrikke was the favourite in our reader poll and the poll of our Editors too.
It’s a great pop song, and is reminiscent of the sort of performances we have seen from Zara Larsson recently. Ulrikke is joined on stage by six dancers (one of them will have to go for Kyiv Ulrikke!!), and they all look great and the choreography is perfect for the song as it gives it a great sense of energy.
We also have some sillhouettes on stage now, and some pyros. Ulrikke has clearly done her homework.
Vocally it’s great. The big note was a little shaky but overall a very good performance and a great start to the competition. 9/10
Song 2: Jenny Augusta – ‘I Go Where You Go’
The song has a real country feel, particularly with the delicate vocals from Jenny.
She is backed up by an arrangement of violins and some plucking of a mandolin.
Expert use of the wind machine too (another one to tick off of the national final bingo card). And a reference to unicorns.
I’m not sure I like this to be quite honest. The simplicity of the melody is a complete contrast to the grand staging. And then you have the lyrics which are just a bit uninspiring.
It sounds quite nice if you don’t try to hard to listen to it (if that makes sense) – 6/10
So far we have:
Sillhouettes – tick
Pyros – tick
Wind Machine – tick
no big key change yet, but there’s plenty of songs to come
Add to that list – gold lamé skirts and feather angel wings!.
So more country (is this the Tennessee Grand Prix or something?)
The Rune band are a typical New-Country pop band (think Mavericks and you’re not far off). The lyrics are simple (as is the melody), and…
WOOOOOOAH – there is the key change!. A MASSIVE key change. I was about to run away until that point, but I’m back. KeyChangeOfTheYear
It’s not great though really. But a nice fun 3 mins (6.5/10)
Song 4 – JOWST – Grab The Moment’
And now we have a DJ box – nearly the full house!
The singer has a black stetson, but the country theme ends there. This is a really good modern pop song that is part sung and part rapped.
The DJ is in black with a glitter-fronted balaclava. Not sure how that fits the vibe of the song.
I like this quite a lot though (8/10)
Sorry for crashing your blog Joe, but I do love a bit of Norway!
Song 5: Kristjan Valen – You and I
This is a ballad and not a great one. Kristjan is on stage with two interpretive dancers. There’s a nice moment when rain falls on the dancers, but that’s the only interesting thing about this. Dull 4/10
Song 6 In Fusion – Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over
Back to pop. Bubblegum pop. This is fun, but it’s not really going anywhere. The singer has hair that is black on one side and blonde the other. It’s catchy enough, but not quite memorable enough. Fun though (5.5/10)
Song 7 – Amina Sewali – ‘Mesterverk’
This is really interesting. The breathy vocals are really haunting and give it a mysterious feel. It’s great but perhaps not quite catchy enough. 7/10
Song 8: Ammunition – ‘Wrecking Crew’
All this pyrotechnics may well wreck the Arena!
The performance is BIG, and the song is great too – its featured high up in our poll too so this could be one to watch. (7.5/10)
If Ammunition win it will mean a return to Eurovision for Åge Sten Nilsen. It would be quite a reunion in Kyiv of that happens as he was part of WigWam in 2005. We already have returns from Omar Naber and Laura from that very same contest.
I could get on board with Wrecking Crew winning!
Song 9: Elin and The Woods.
Elin is joined by an enormous cast on stage. She’s in a green version of Jenny’s dress from earlier (and borrows the wind machine too!). She has a whole ensemble of dancers. And some characters too – she herself has reindeer antlers and there are people in traditional dress
It’s very effective and a really mystical show. But what would it be like with only 6 on stage in Kyiv? We may find out as it’s one of the favourites to win tonight. (8.5/10)
Song 10: Ella – Mamma Boy
Ella has a black top hat and red velvet jacket. She looks like she’s come straight off of the stage from ‘Cabaret’ – the song is great, I love this! (9/10)
After the reprise it’s straight to the juries.
Johnny Logan gives the first maximum (on behalf of Ireland) to Ulrikke.
Armenia then goes also for Ulrikke
Finland go for Ammunition (well they all love their rock in Finland!)
Sweden go for…. JOWST
Israel next – they go for….
Germany next…. they go for…
Ulrikke. She now has three, Jowst have two and one for Ammunition.
These are only the first places though we don;t yet know the full scores.
Austria go for Ammunition
Hungary go for JOWST
So it’s now 3 each for the top 3. Wow
Malta go for JOWST.
And finally we have the UK, their choice is…
So it’s 4 for Jowst, 3 for Ulrikke, 2 for Ammunition and 1 for Ella
No we are in the green room. JOWST are very happy with how it’s all going.
And now we have a performance from Johnny Logan – he sing’s Hold Me Now, his winning song from Eurovision 1987.
I hate this song
And now to the votes!
Who will make it into the super-final (the Gulfinalen)
First into the super-final is…
And now they have grabbed a member of the audience and got them onto the podium to tell the viewers why JOWST should win.
We now have ‘Grab The Moment’ again
I’d be happy with this being chosen for Norway, it’s good fun, and has some quality about it.
The second super-finalist is:
(yay! – I liked that one)
We have another appeal from the fans, and then Ulrikke performs again.
And the third finalist is:
ELIN AND THE WOODS
We now get another performance from Elin. This is a great theatrical performance, really mysterious, and she has all of the woods with her.
And now for the fourth (and final?) super-finalist.
And another performance from Ammunition. This is actually quite camp, the entire performance is designed at really grabbing the viewers attention. It might just cover up the lack of any real artistry with this. It’s formulaic and deliberately over-the-top.
12 points from Finland guaranteed.
I still prefer Ulrikke, but I think this may well win tonight
And now another reprise of the four finalists. No surprises thus far – we expected those four to make it to this stage.
oh and in the reprise i noticed something else I can tick off my bingo card. Sparks from a cutting tool.
If I’m not mistaken that is BINGO! – we have had everything tonight.
well, everything except a fire/higher/desire
And now we have a totally stripped down version of ‘Icebreaker’ from Agnete from last year.
This is much better than the version she had in Stockholm. It works much better as a whole song – the regular version always sounded like two songs fused together and didn’t really work for me.
This version of the song is amazing!
And now we get a peek at some of this year’s songs (the ones that NRK think are noteworthy). That’s Moldova, Romania and Italy
Now to the results!
4th place is – Ulrikke
3rd is – Elin and The Woods
And the winner is…..
Congratulations JOWST – see you in Kyiv!
They are taking to the stage to collect their trophy (do they get a trophy?) to the sound of a discoed-up version of various Norwegian entries. My Heart Is Yours, Nocturne, and others….
So that concludes the blog for this evening (and indeed for this year’s national finals).
Hope you enjoyed our coverage!