The Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix is taking place tomorrow, where a total of 10 acts are going to compete in order to represent Norway in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. In this competition there is only one song sung in Norwegian, and it is by Vidar Villa.
We had a great pleasure to chat with Vidar Villa about his entry in the competition, his expectations, and also about why he chose to perform his song in Norwegian. Check out everything he told us right here:
First of all, thank you so much for taking time to talk to us, and congratulations on being one of the 10 finalists this year! How did you feel when you found out that you were going to be one of the finalists in MGP?
Honestly It felt a little scary, but at the same time I consider it a great honor to be invited to be part of something as huge as this. It think my first reaction was «well guys, I think this calls for a celebration».
Can you tell us a little bit about your song?
I think it’s a catchy pop song with a good melody and a nice organic sound. And of course, as is always the case with my songs, lots of humour in the lyrics. The lyrics describe a young man’s crush on his best friends mom. It’s a tribute to all wonderful moms out there, but when we first wrote it, we had a very special mom in mind – the mother of my cowriter and guitarplayer, Jonas. This makes the whole thing extremely funny for me, but I’m not sure how funny it is for Jonas…
Do you have a vision on how you want the stage design to look like, during your performance?
We’re going for the typical «band feel», where much of the focus is going to be on the acoustic instruments. We want it to look and feel like a «normal» Vidar Villa concert on steroids 🙂
If you win MGP, you will be the first artist in twelve years singing in Norwegian at the Eurovision. How do you feel about that?
I honestly think that would be awesome! But we’re actually thinking about making an english version, record it, and then let the Norwegian people decide if we should sing in Norwegian or English in Lisboa, if we are so lucky.
Do you have any favourites among the other nine entries?
I think the line-up is amazing this year, so it’s really hard to pic a favourite. But Aleksander Walmann has been a good friend of mine for many years now, and he’s definately among my personal favourites. I also really like Rebecca’s song, and I see her as the favourite to win 🙂
How would you feel if you went on to win MGP and got to represent Norway at Eurovision in Lisbon?
I would probably feel like celebrating A LOT, and I think I would burst with laughter by the thought of singing about Jonas’s mom in front of that many people across the world.
Thank you so much for your time talking to us! We wish you all the best of luck in Oslo Spectrum on 10th of March!
Thank you 🙂
To keep up with all the latest news on Vidar Villa, make sure that you follow him on Facebook here (click). Give a listen to his MGP entry “Moren din” right here:
And if Vidar Villa is your personal favorite in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, make sure you cast your vote for him in our poll here: