So far, neither the artists themselves, NRK nor Subwoolfer’s record company Universal have signalled when the masks will eventually fall and the duo’s identity will be revealed.
VG can reveal that two artists that are talked about a lot in connection with Subwoolfer, apparently are on a video recording with Subwoolfer at H3 Arena in Bærum, where the final took place on Saturday.
According to NRK, the recording is a “back-up” to Eurovision, in case there should be pandemic problems or other demanding circumstances in Turin.
In the parking lot outside H3 Arena is a Volkswagen car that is registered with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration at Gaute Ormåsen (38).
The artist broke through in “Idol” in 2003, where he came in second place after Kurt Nilsen.
There is also a Porsche there, it is registered to British Ben Adams (40), who broke through with the boy band A1 towards the end of the nineties.
One of his colleagues in A1 is Norwegian Christian Ingebrigtsen, and Adams has largely made himself Norwegian in recent times; he lives here with a Norwegian cohabitant he recently had children with.
VG has tried to contact Ormåsen and Adams.
Impossible for me to think anything about this writes NRK’s MGP project manager in a text message to VG.
Hmm… maybe this is part of a big game? It is no secret that we have Eurovision recordings here today, he continues.
– Have Ben Adams and Gaute Ormåsen been here today?
I do not know. I can not comment on anything that is going on around here, says Karlsen, who points out that the area is used for a lot of different music.
He believes that “Give That Wolf A Banana” has now got a “buzz” in Europe that makes it “the one to beat” for the other Eurovision participants.
Over the weekend, the song has finally also received solid current metal at home.
On Spotify’s daily updated Norwegian list, it moved from 126th place and 14,700 plays on Friday, to 18th place and 49,600 plays on Saturday – while 117,800 plays on Sunday sent it up to the second place.
Ben Adams and A1 participated in the Melodi Grand Prix in 2010, when the interest was enormous as a result of Alexander Rybak’s victory in Eurovision with “Fairytale” the year before. A1 came in second place, behind Didrik Solli-Tangen.
Ormåsen also participated in the Melodi Grand Prix in 2010, as well as in 2013. The first time he took out the «last chance», the second time he was among the acts that reached the final.
Ahead of this year’s MGP final, both Ormåsen and Adams have denied being members of Subwoolfer.
Both before and after the final on Saturday, Subwoolfer met the press. The masked vocalists did not say a word, but left the conversation to their spokesperson and “interpreter”, who at first would not give his name.
However, VG was confirmed that the spokesperson is music producer Carl-Henrik Wahl.
He then confirmed that he has recently worked with both Ormåsen and Adams, which is also mentioned on the website of Wahl’s production company The Woods, where he is both co-owner, chairman and general manager.
It further states that Wahl has a special sense of “optimistic and energetic” music, and is the producer you need if you are going to make pumping EDM, K-pop or Max Martin-inspired pop with a twist.
It is also Wahl who speaks on behalf of “Keith” and “Jim” – the subwoolfer’s aliases – when VG meets them at H3 Arena after today’s video recording.
Nor does he think he has any explanation for why Gaute Ormåsen and Ben Adams have parked their cars there.
When will the masks possibly fall then?
If any alternative identities should reveal themselves, one will probably have to wait and see how it goes in the international final.