Kate Guldbrandsen: It’s important for me to sing about my story and connect with the audience

Kate Gulbrandsen is a Norwegian singer who won Melodi Grand Prix back in 1987 with “Mitt liv” for which she received 65 points which placed her as 9th at Eurovision Song Contest 1987. She has performed on many different stages and took part at various Norwegian TV shows such as “Beat på Beat”, “Stjernekamp” and “Allsang på grensen”. The composer of the song is Kjetil Mørland, who finished 8th in the final of Eurovision 2015 in a duet with Debrah Scarlett singing “A Monster Like Me”.


Hello Kate, as the winner of Melodi Grand Prix 1987 with “Mitt Liv” you represented Norway at Eurovision in Brussels where you finished on 9th place. How was that experience for you and how did it affect your career? 

It was a big contest for me because in Norway at that time we only had MGP and Eurovision and it was a dream to come there, an amazing experience.


Is there any memory of Eurovision 1987 which you would like to share with us?

Competing at a contest when Johnny Logan made history and winning the show.


What made you decide to return to Melodi Grand Prix? 

It happened long time ago. I thought of returning to the competition but I didn’t have good songs, so this time I have worked with Kjetil Mørland, a great singer and composer. He had a nice song for me which was just like me and fits me, then we worked together with the lyrics.


Can you tell us a bit about “Tårer i paradis” and what does it mean for you?

It is one of my life stories I was married with a man and he chose not to live anymore so he committed suicide which was very sad. The lyrics of the song are filled with hope in future and wishes to overcome challenges in life. 

What can we expect from your performance? Can you share with us any details of it?

On the stage I will be singing alone accompanied with a dancer and nice lights will be in the background. It’s really important for me to sing about my story and to make connection with the audience.


You worked on your entry with Kjetil Mørland. How was the cooperation?

Kjetil lives in England and I live in Norway so we were spending many hours on Zoom and it was very nice, I didn’t previously knew him, but he is a very good to work with has many great ideas.


After a longer break in your music career you made a return in 2005 with an album “Vi to” which featured a Norwegian cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, why did you choose to cover it? 

Yes I had an album in 2005, with the title”Vi to” with country songs which I decided to sing in Norwegian. I love Dolly Parton and Jolene so I decided to sing it on my album in Norwegian. It was on the list, Norsktoppen for many weeks.


This year MGP features more songs performed in Norwegian language, yours included. After the removal of the rule to sing in national language Norway has only once performed a song in Norwegian at Eurovision. How does that make you feel and would you like to see Norwegian language song win MGP again?

For me it’s very important to sing in Norwegian, I could sing in English too but feels better in Norwegian and I think it is very nice to have artists sing in their native language. As you can see many winners sang in native language –  you see Måneskin too. 


Do you watch Eurovision regularly?

I always watched MGP and Eurovision since I was a little girl and enjoyed it every single time and later on I even had a chance to take part in 1987 which was a great experience. 


What are your plans after Melodi Grand Prix 2023? 

I have always been singing and now I just want to have more jobs and I’ll see what’s happening. I don’t know yet, but I will always sing and meet new people.


Thank you so much for your time Kate. We wish you the best of luck at Melodi Grand Prix. 

You can still let us know who YOUR favorites are in tonight’s semi by voting in our poll below, and follow ESCBubble tonight as we will cover the semi live.

Vote for YOUR three favorite songs in the first semi final of Melodi Grand Prix 2023!
  • Ulrikke - Honestly 32%, 258 votes
    258 votes 32%
    258 votes - 32% of all votes
  • Alessandra Mele - Queen Of Kings 26%, 210 votes
    210 votes 26%
    210 votes - 26% of all votes
  • Umami Tsunami - Geronimo 20%, 160 votes
    160 votes 20%
    160 votes - 20% of all votes
  • Kate Guldbrandsen - Tarer i paradis 9%, 77 votes
    77 votes 9%
    77 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Jowst and Byron - Freaky For The Weekend 6%, 46 votes
    46 votes 6%
    46 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Eirik Naess - Wave 6%, 45 votes
    45 votes 6%
    45 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Rasmus Thall - Tresko 2%, 19 votes
    19 votes 2%
    19 votes - 2% of all votes
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January 9, 2023 - January 15, 2023
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