OSLO, NORWAY – Welcome to the oikotimes.com live review of the Norwegian national final, known as MGP (Melodi Grand Prix). Ten acts will compete for Stockholm. Singer and songwriter Silya Nymoen and television host Kåre Magnus Bergh will host tonight’s show and there will be two rounds of voting. In the first round four will proceed to the super final. In both rounds the public will have 100% saying.
- The Hungry Hearts feat. Lisa Dillan – Laika: The first song tonight is The Hungry Hearts feat. Lisa Dillan. Girl power! A car comes into the stage and the seven girls are standing like robots in the beginning. Disco refrain and lots of disco balls in the air. Very odd song and it doesn’t seem like anything from this century. Lisa Dillan sings quite well but the other girls in The Hungry Hearts are not that good though. “I love the disco”, they sing. Well, they might like disco, but for them there are a long way to Stockholm to see the disco balls. But the crowd seems to love it! Very weird!
- Stage Dolls – Into the fire: Next up Stage Dolls. They are not really dolls, but three middle-aged men. The front singer opens with a typical band set up on stage with backing dancers on one side and a guitarist on the other. The song is not bad and of course there are fire on stage. It’s typical band song as we are used to see in Scandinavia for the pre-selections. But the song doesn’t stand out and it’s a bit boring even though the vocals are okay. Lots of pyro for the end of the songs. That is always a good idea – especially for the weak songs.
- Stine Hole Ulla – Traces: Time for Stine Hole Ulla. She sings the song “Traces”. We start with a close up of Stine and then we see her whole body and Oslo Spectrum in the background. Lots of lights in the audience and Stine is wearing a long dress and she stands in a flower. It’s a very special song, not very typical Eurovision, but maybe typical Norwegian. It’s sounds like something from a Disney movie, maybe Frozen. Very good vocal performance. She can indeed control the high notes! If Norway wants to send a ballad this could be very interesting.
- Makeda – Stand up: From a ballad to a up-tempo song from Makeda. The song is very 1960’s inspired. Makeda is wearing a transparent top and black very short pants. That clothes ruins everything for me. Wow, that is so horrible!!! But the song is actually quite good and Makeda delivers a good performance with her male dancers and female backing singers. Good energy on stage, but with that outfit you forget to listen to the song!
- Pegasus – Anyway:
From horrible clothes to a quite boring man band. Pegasus delivers a pop ballad on stage. Again a classic band staging. The front singer has a very long and curly hairstyle and the band members are wearing dark clothes. This power ballad is very boring, sorry to say it. He sings actually well, but it seems like the song is waiting to get started for real all the way through and it is very easy to forget it, unfortunately.
- Freddy Kalas – Feel da rush: Freddy Kalas was close to be disqualified after the songs were presented because his song was to close to one of his previous songs, but after a change of the chorus, he was allowed to participate. And thank god! After a slow pop song the party starts now! Freddy is wearing jeans and a black leather jacket. With drums and drums and Hawaii style dancers behind him there are a lot of energy on stage. A lot of pyrotechnic of course. Freddy actually sings good live and the all look like they are having a party on stage. This could do very well, even though it is not typical Eurovision. The audience loves this and they are having a party too!
- Laila Samuels – Afterglow: From Hawaii back to Norway. Laila sings a typical Norwegian pop song. Afterglow starts on a black stage and Laila is wearing a black dress. Special light effects are being used and makes the stage look amazing. Very emotional performance and a very good vocal performance as well. A dancer is dancing on a smaller stage is the crowd. This sounds very good and could do well, even though it is a slow song, but Laila performs this very well.
- Elouiz – History: 20 year old Elouiz is performing for the first time on TV in Melodi Grand Prix 2016. And what a debut. The stage is filled with mannequin dolls and Elouiz are standing in the middle in black clothes. From a dark stage the lights are turned on and the song can begin to build up. And then the dolls are moving. They were real people! Well made. The song is good, yet another pop ballad, but she sings it good. In the end Elouiz shows her vocal skills and her stage debut is completed. Well done!
- Suite 16 – Anna Lee: It’s time for a true boy band. In true One Direction-style Suite 16 can begin to melt girl hearts all over Norway. The five members of the band open the song slow and one by one the boys are entering the stage. With pictures of them selves in the background it’s really like seeing a Norwegian One Direction performance. Good energy on stage and they sings this very well. The crowd really loves this and you can hear girls scream – not only in the arena, but probably through all of Norway also! Will we see them again the “gold final”? We might will!
- Agnete Johnsen – Icebreaker: Time for the last song tonight and also one of the bookmakers favourites to win. Agnete has participated in the Norwegian final in 2011 with her band The BlackSheeps which also won the MGP Nordic for children in 2008. Now she is alone, but this has not weakened her. Agnete stands on top of a “cage” in a white top and skirt. Then she moves down the stairs and enters the real stage and the chorus introduces a new tempo in the song. With a dancers in a kind of cage hind her she delivers a great performance. What a voice! She can really sing. It’s clear why she is a favourite.
Now it is time to vote. Four songs will go to the super final. A recap of the ten songs are shown while Norway is voting. After a surprise for the music chief in NRK with a former winner of the Norwegian final we hear last year’s participants from Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett performing “A Monster Like Me” together with a big choir.
TO THE SUPER FINAL
Laila Samuels – Afterglow
Suite 16 – Anna Lee
Agnete – Icebreaker