Listen and vote for the songs competing in Semi-Final 3 of MGP 2023

Monday brings us the full release of the last seven entries which are in the running to advance from the third semi-final to fhe final of Melodi Grand Prix 2023. The show will take place this Saturday, 28th of January at 19:50 CET. As last two Saturdays the three songs which audience gets voted as the best will be advancing in the final of the show which will be taking place on 4th of February at Trondheim Spektrum. The hosts of the show are Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen and Arianrhod “Arian” Engebø. You can listen to the songs below and even though you can’t support your favourites in the night of the third semi-final (unless you’re from Norway). You can still cast your votes in our poll at the end of the article.

Skrellex – “Love Again”
Lyrics and music: Kai Thomas Ryen Larsen, Michael James Down, Will Taylor, Primoz Poglajen and Jonas Gladnikoff
Skrellex, originally Kai Thomas Larsen has worked as a musical and show artist since 2007. In MGP he participates as the drag artist Skrellex, whom Norwegian audience knows as a mentor in “Drag Me Out” and as a drag queen in the series “Drags”.

Tiril Beisland – “Break It”
Lyrics and music: Emma Steinbakken, Emelie Hollow, Lars Rossnes and Benjamin Pinkus
Tiril is a 21-year-old artist and songwriter from Lillestrøm. She has a lot of experience of being on stage as, among other things, a dancer in Skedsmo Amatørteater, as well as in the Norwegian Ballet Institute and as a county representative in UKM. Now she is making her debut as an artist in MGP.

Akuvi – “Triumph”
Lyrics and music:Beatrice Akuvi Hosen Kumordzie, Andreas Stone Johansson, Anderz Wrethov and Konstantinos Vlastaras
Beatrice Akuvi Hosen Kumordzie (27) is a Norwegian-Ghanaian artist, songwriter and performer.  She grew up in Asker in a very musical family. Her sister Anna-Lisa Kumoji participated in the Melodi Grand Prix 2019 and 2022 in her first participation with the song “Holla” she reached the gold final. When Akuvi was 20, she moved to Cape Town where she got a chance to experiment with the music genres and she describes her music genre as “reggae-infused neo-soul”. In 2020, she participated in Melodi Grand Prix with the song “Som du er”. She is also known as the voice behind the animated character Dolores in the Disney’s Encanto, as well as the rapper Karma in the Netflix series Karma’s world.

Atle Pettersen – “Masterpiece
Lyrics and music: Andreas Stone Johansson, Hannah Dorothy Bristow and Atle Pettersen
He is 33 years old vocalist, songwriter and TV-host from Skien. The audience  previously knows him as the vocalist of the bands Above Symmetry and The Scheen. In 2014, The Scheen won the Emergenza festival, the world’s largest music competition for unsigned bands with as many as 34,000 participants from 150 countries. Atle Pettersen had his breakthrough in X Factor in 2010, and the same year released “Light on” his debut single as a solo artist. Following year his debut album “Based on a true Story ” was released.  He won the show “Skal vi danse” in 2011 and for the past six years Atle is the host of “Beat for Beat” on NRK. As a songwriter his recent work includes “Darkside” for Alan Walker. He also acted in musicals “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Jersey Boys” and “Beatles” in addition to that he took part at MGP 2021 with “World On Fire” and was one of the author of the entry from one of last year’s finalist “Dangerous” performed by Farida.

Eline Thorp – “Not Meant to Be”
Lyrics and music: Jonas Holteberg Jensen, Andreas Stone Johansson, Elsa Søllesvik and Eline Thorp
Eline Thorp (29) comes from Hamarøy in Nordland, but lives in Oslo. She broke through as an artist at the start of the 2010s. Her first single, “The Game” was released in 2013 while her debut album “Mirror’s Edge came out the year after under the Beyond Records label. Eline’s music was showcased at the various festivals such as: by:Larm, Hove Festival, Slottsfjell and the Bukta Festival and now she is making her MGP debut.

Maria Celin – “Freya”
Lyrics and music: Sindre Timberlid Jenssen, Anna Timgren, Gaute Ormåsen, Benjamin Alasu and Erik Fjeld
Maria Celin Strand is from Mandal. She has performed in both theater and musicals since she was 9 years old. Many people became familiar with the 25-year-old when she took part in “The Voice” in 2017. In the competition, she covered the song “Runnin” by Beyoncé, which was very well received and currently has 3.5 million plays on Spotify.

Stig van Eijk – “Someday”
Lyrics and music: Stig van Eijk and Beate Helen Thunes
24 years have passed since Stig van Eijk had his big breakthrough as an artist. It happened when, as a 17-year-old, he won the Norwegian MGP final with the song “Living My Life Without You” which ended on 14th place at Eurovision 1999. Both the single and the subsequent album reached gold status in Norway. This year he is currently working on several record projects, in addition to re-entering the big MGP scene.

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