NORWAY – Melodi Grand Prix 2022 is set to be the 60th edition of the Norwegian music competition Melodi Grand Prix (MGP). The contest is held annually and serves as the country’s preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. MGP is organized by Norway’s public broadcaster NRK and will be held in January and February 2022. The winner of the competition will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy in May 2022.
Elsie Bay – Death of Us
Elsie Bay is the latest project from singer/songwriter Elsa Søllesvik. The last couple of years have been busy for Elsa, having been nominated for a Spellemann award for her album Endless Optimism, which provided the soundtrack for the cult TV series SKAM. The album has been streamed over 30 million times on Spotify. She also wrote the song Witch Woods (which you might remember from MGP 2021), as well as Hammer of Thor, which Oda Gondrosen will perform in semi-final three.
Mira Craig – We Still Here
Mira Craig is no stranger to Melodi Grand Prix. In 2008 she wrote Maria Haukaas Mittet’s winning song Hold On Be Strong which went on to finish 5th at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia. Another Spellemann nominee, Mira has worked with an incredible range of international artists and producers, including Snoop Dogg.
Frode Vassel – Black Flowers
Frode Vassel is no stranger to Europe’s biggest stage, having performed backing vocals for JOWST in Kiev (2017), Alexander Rybak in Lisbon (2018), and helping KEIINO to secure a televote victory in Tel Aviv (2019). Now it’s Frode’s turn to be in the spotlight.
TrollfesT – Dance Like a Pink Flamingo
TrollfesT came into existence in 2003 when a group of pals became tired of the music around them, and wanted to do something about it. With a love of metal and music from the Balkans, they use instruments such as saxophones, accordions and synths and mix them with the extreme sensibilities of metal. There’s a very soothing TrollfesT version of Britney’s Toxic for all to enjoy on Spotify.
Eline Noelia – Ecstasy
Eline Noelia Myreng is a 22-year-old artist and songwriter who studied pop music at Lillehammer Institute of Music Production (or ‘Limpi’ as it’s affectionately known). Her career as a singer really kicked up a gear when she became acquainted with the producer Audun Agnar Gulbrandsen. Ecstasy is the result of their first studio session together and the start of a major project.
Christian Ingebrigtsen – Wonder Of The World
Christian Ingebrigtsen is a popular singer/songwriter with a glittering career and is perhaps best known for being part of the world-famous pop group A1. No longer ‘Caught In The Middle’ of a boyband, Melodi Grand Prix will see Christian strike out on his own, ready to add to the 4-second place finishes he’s enjoyed across MGP and Finland’s national final as a songwriter.
Farida – Dangerous
Farida has toured with Dua Lipa and performed at festivals such as South by Southwest in Texas. In September 2021, she became a finalist in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest in New York.
Steffen Jakobsen – With Me Tonight
Steffen Jakobsen is a country artist from Grimstad. He became a known face in Norway when he finished 3rd in Idol in 2013. His biggest dream is to perform on the radio show Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, but first Steffen is ready to bring his deep voice to the Melodi Grand Prix stage.
Lily Löwe – Bad Baby
Lily Löwe’s music is rooted in melodic hard rock but extends over several genres such as metal with elements of pop and punk. The singer wants to challenge the expectations people have of her favourite genres and promises to create her own unique universe. Role models include Rammstein and Lady Gaga… so she should get along well with TrollfesT.
Daniel Lukas – Kvelertak
In 2018, Daniel tried his luck in Idol, where he impressed the judges with a self-composed song. The following year he won the talent competition H&M Loves Music and performed at the Vulkan Arena in Oslo together with several established Norwegian artists. Daniel has previously worked as a swimming instructor and is working today as a salesman, but his big dream is to be able to work in the music industry full time.
Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf a Banana
A statement from Subwoolfer: ‘Subwoolfer, the biggest band in the Galaxy, first formed 4.5 billion years ago on their home planet… the moon. Since then, the brothers, Keith and Jim, have conquered the music scene on every planet, making them the most successful pop group ever. On June 20, 1969, a prophet named Neil appeared to them, and was soon hailed ‘the man with the strongest arms’. He promised to return telling them he would help them become the biggest band on his planet too, but only once they had written the greatest song in the Universe, sung in his native tongue: English. However, Neil never returned and so now armed with the greatest song in existence, Give That Wolf a Banana, they have come to earth in search of him, and to claim their musical throne by performing at the most important and prestigious musical event in the history of the world: Melodi Grand Prix 2022 in Norway.’
VILDE – Titans
Vilde Johannessen is a 26-year-old artist and songwriter from the island of Tjøme in Vestfold. Among the highlights of her career are supporting Matoma, Röyksopp and Julie Bergan; singing at the opening ceremony of the Norway Cup, and releasing the single Never Said Enough.
Sturla – Skår i Hjertet
Sturla has been releasing pop songs for the last ten years. His journey started in secondary school at the Orkdal culture house and has built several sold-out gigs across Norway in recent years. In 2020, he released the song Som Ingen Andre together with Hanne Mjøen, and the follow-up single Kanskje Du Kan Vær Mitt Paradis was A-listed on the radio station NRK P1 for several months. Sturla works daily at the smelter in Orkdal. He enjoys doing different things in life and believes that his work leaves positive traces in the music he creates.
Oda Gondrosen – Hammer Of Thor
As a 16-year-old, Oda signed up for Idol, followed by The Voice in 2015, but has subsequently said that she felt too young at the time and found it difficult to get anywhere with her music after her participation. Therefore, Oda put the music dream on hold for four years and studied to become a nurse, specialising in end of life care. Her return to the limelight came, once more, via Idol; in 2020 she finished the show in 3rd place and is now fully committed to a career in music.
Mari Bølla – Your Loss
As a 10-year-old, Mari found success in Idol Junior, finishing in 3rd place on the only season of the show. But it wasn’t until her participation in the established version of Idol in 2020 when she became the talent contest’s youngest ever winner, aged 15.
NorthKid – Someone
NorthKid, possibly the world’s most northern boyband, is fronted by Bilal Saab. He charmed his way into Norwegian hearts when he won the television show Stjernekamp in 2019. The other members are Helge Moen, Håkon Guttormsen, Sebastian Willassen and Vegard Olaussen, who all originate from Alta and Hasvik at the very top of Norway, where winter temperatures remain below freezing. But don’t expect a frosty performance… Musical joy, playfulness and acceptance are important values for this band in everything they do, and it’s those values they’ll showcase during Melodi Grand Prix.
Alexandra Joner – Hasta La Vista
Alexandra is a Norwegian-Cuban singer, dancer, and actress from Oslo. Her breakthrough came when she entered the dance competition Dansefeber on TVNorge. In 2015, she participated in MGP for the first time with Cinderella – this time she’ll perform Hasta La Vista which she describes as ‘a goodbye to boring boys’.
Kim Wigaard – La Melodia
Kim has sung at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, off-Broadway in New York, and has sold-out Oslo Concert Hall. He participated in Melodi Grand Prix in 2020 with the duet Fool For Love together with our next participant…. Maria Mohn.
Maria Mohn – Fly
Maria is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music and has participated in Idol and sung on TV shows Beat for Beat and Popstokk. The singer/songwriter has written Fly for her three children.
Sofie Fjellvang – Made Of Glass
Sofie Fjellvang is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Kristiansand. Her big breakthrough came when she made it to the final of The Voice in 2021. Her song has been written with the help of an old acquaintance of the Melodi Grand Prix family: Kjetil Mørland. Kjetil finished in 8th place at Eurovision 2015 with Debrah Scarlett and the song A Monster Like Me.
Anna-Lisa Kumoji – Queen Bees
Anna-Lisa was educated at the Bårdar Academy and has many years of experience as a professional singer, actress, dubber and artist. She’s enjoyed performing in The Book of Mormon and Flashdance and has recently played the role of Anita in West Side Story. This is her second shot at MGP, having entered Holla in 2019.