NORWAY – It was a big surprise for me and most off my colleagues that the Norwegian entry this year is growing a lot in our list of favourites for Eurovision 2019, something that you can notice in the oikopanel voting.
Yes, we all listen to something that reminds us Saara Aalto’s “Monsters” and maybe this is why love this song. The Sami sound makes it quite ethnic but the combination of pop electro sound in the song, makes the tune – at least – one of the big hits for the Euroclub.
Not sure how Europeans will react and vote (or not) on this song, but I am 100% sure that after the rehearsals work at the press area, my team Smurfs will dance their a** off at the Euroclub with this tune.
KEiiNO say about their video: What an amazing feeling it is to get our own music video! We created the entire video in one day on a pretty low budget (the downside of being a new independent band), but we made it! And here is the result! A lot of talented people was a part of the process, among others Martin Softedal, who was the director. Martin describes the video as three parallel universes, where the first universe is cold, frozen and arctic, and the next sequence is an alternation between spirit animals and a scene where a person fights faceless bullies. We wanted to create a video which is both serious and humorous, and we are excited to see what the audience thinks about it! …and for those of you who haven’t already noticed – the dancer in the video is the same dancer we used in our show in Oslo Spektrum! He’s just amazing!
The group was established in the late summer of 2018 when Tom Hugo Hermansen and his husband Alex Olsson began writing “Spirit in the Sky”, a song inspired by historical struggles for equality. They later joined Sámi rapper and joiker Fred-René Buljo and singer Alexandra Rotan.
The group name Keiino was inspired by the name of Buljo’s home town Kautokeino. The last part -geaidnu translates to the “way” or “road”, which Buljo states; “Represents the road that brought us together”, in an interview with TV 2.