NORWAY – Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK is surely excited with the almost 1,200 submission for the 2018 edition of Melodi Grand Prix, the annual festival through which the country selects its Eurovision entry and artist.
Submissions are a record number this year breaking the one of 2016 and 2017 by almost 200.
Newly appointed Melodi Grand Prix project leader, Stig Karlsen stated: There are many talented people that have shown engagement towards next year’s MGP. It’s gonna hurt to pick just ten songs and artists who will be competing to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Oslo Spektrum will host the national final of Norway next in March.
JOWST og Aleksander Walmann har i dag sluppet oppfølgeren til megahiten "Grab the Moment". Sjekk ut deres nye singel #thatfeeling Her en videohilsen fra gutta. #nrkmgp #eurovision @jowstmusic @aleksanderwalmann
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Factoid: Norway has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 56 times since making its debut in 1960 and has only been absent twice since then. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, they were relegated. Norway has won the contest three times. The contest is broadcast in Norway by NRK, which also broadcasts Norway’s national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.
GREECE – Marcus and Martinus performed last night at the Amita Motion 2017 Positive Energy Day in Athens. The Norwegian duo with their Bieber style amazed the Greek audience and us at oikotimes.com. Watching them performing and having in mind that in May 2018 they will be eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest we won’t be surprised if they represent Norway in Lisbon. Actually we would love that.
Marcus & Martinus, sometimes known as M&M, is a Norwegian pop duo composed of twin brothers Marcus Gunnarsen and Martinus Gunnarsen (born 21 February 2002) from Trofors. They are both 15 years old, and have released three albums. After all they were the spokespersons for Norway in Eurovision 2017
NORWAY – 2009 Eurovision winner, Alexander Rybak released on midnight a special video for his girlfriend Julie Elisabeth which was shot and directed by Victor Christoffer Landmark and Marius Bjellebø. It also includes footage from the movie “Norway” by Morten Rustad.
To Alexander Rybak, this summer is in the sign of love, because his life as a bachelor is a closed chapter. The charmer has settled down with Julie, a girl from Oslo. Alexander Rybak, who recently turned 30, had to grow up before he settled down. Now the Eurovision legend has found happiness with the eight years younger Julie Gaarud Holm. This summer is just like the winning song “Fairytale”, namely a fairy tale.
– He is one of the kindest, warmest, nicest and funniest people I have ever met, says Julie to “Her og Nå.”
Alexander Rybak met Julie Gaarud Holm thanks to the dating App Tinder. He is not only an entertainer on stage, but also at the dinner table, she says. The 22 year old characterises Alexander as a very caring person. Because of Alexander’s many events, particularly the ones abroad, the young couple have to take advantage of their time together.
– He is very protective and he takes very good care of me. He is travelling a lot, at times it’s demanding. But my God, we make it work!
Alexander performed the song “I Came to Love You” during the premiere of the summer show “Entertainer” at Bølgen culture house in Larvik. This summer Alexander currently has a summer show at Bølgen culture house in Larvik. In “Entertainer” he performs a song he has written specially for Julie. “I Came to Love You” warmed his girlfriend’s heart deeply.
-I would never have thought I would get a song, from anyone! It’s amazingly beautiful, she says smiling with happiness. No, I’m not musical at all, but I think he likes that. Now there won’t be any competition in our relationship, says a humorous Julie.
INFORMATION ABOUT JOWST
Joakim With Steen (born 26 June 1989), better known as JOWST, is a Norwegian music producer and songwriter. He represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Grab the Moment”, along with vocalist Aleksander Walmann finishing in 10th place. Steen was born in Trondheim and raised in Tiller. At age 14, his family moved to Steinkjer. At the age of fifteen his main focus was guitar, punk, songwriting and band. After finishing his sound and music production education at the renowned Noroff Institute in Oslo, where he later also worked as a teacher and held lectures in the same field. At the same time he also worked as sound technician and producer for Earport Studios in Fornebu. Joakim started Red Line Studio where he has worked as a sound engineer and producer since 2011. With the project “Making A Hit” and the hit song “Grab The Moment” he is now focusing on his own music under the artist name JOWST. Steen and Norwegian singer Aleksander Walmann were confirmed to be taking part in Melodi Grand Prix 2017, Norway’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, on 7 February 2017. In the final, held on 11 March, JOWST and Walmann received the maximum 12 points from four of the eleven international juries in addition to winning the televote. They subsequently advanced to the gold final, where they won the competition. Norway competed in the second half of the second semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest, and they managed to advance to the final. In the final, they placed 10th out of 26th.
Aleksander Walmann Åsgården (born 12 January 1986), known professionally as simply Aleksander Walmann, is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. He represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Grab the Moment”, along with music producer JOWST finishing in 10th place.Walmann was born in Porsgrunn, and grew up in a musical family through childhood. From the age of 13 and until he started playing music, Aleksander was an active snowboarder at a international level. In 2012, he participated in season one of The Voice – Norges beste stemme, Norway’s version of The Voice, where he had Sondre Lerche as his mentor. He went on a shared second place together with Hege Øversveen and Leif Anders Wentzel in the competitions finale, only beaten by winner Martin Halla. Walmann and Norwegian music producer JOWST were confirmed to be taking part in Melodi Grand Prix 2017, Norway’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, on 7 February 2017. In the final, held on 11 March, JOWST and Walmann received the maximum 12 points from four of the eleven international juries in addition to winning the televote. They subsequently advanced to the gold final, where they won the competition. They represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, and competed in the second half of the second semi-final for a place in the final. They succeeded and on the 13th of May 2017 they received the 10th place in the competition. On 7 June 2017, NRK announced that Walmann would competed in the sixth season of the Norwegian music TV-competition Stjernekamp (no). (source: wikipedia.org)
NORWAY – Adelén participated in the Norwegian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Oslo with the Spanish-influenced song “Bombo”, written by Ina Wroldsen and Quiz & Larossi and came in second place. “Bombo” went straight to number 2 on the Norwegian iTunes chart after her performance. It also appeared in VG-lista, the official Norwegian Singles Chart. The song also won the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2013, becoming Norway’s third win, and first since 1993. It also won the 2013 Eurodanceweb Award with the highest score ever achieved in the history of the Award (284 points) and the largest distance from the second placed song (exactly 70 points). In 2013, she signed with Simon Fuller in an attempt to launch her globally. On 21 June 2013, a preview of the new single, “Baila Conmigo”, was released on YouTube while the full version was available on iTunes. In 2014, she recorded “Olé” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup’s album One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album, which went straight to number 1 on the Norwegian iTunes. Born to a Spanish mother and Norwegian father, Adelén was raised in Tønsberg, Norway.
GREECE – Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak arrived in Athens for his holidays after visiting Warsaw and Istanbul. During his stay he organised a surprise meet and greet session with his Greek fans. Surprisingly it was a full house at the Public Cafe at Syntagma, the very down town of Athens, having in mind that in August the city of Athens is almost empty and also having in mind that the event was not even announced properly. After the meet and greet session which lasted for 2 hours, where Alexander met, greeted and took pictures with all the fans, we got the chance to speak to him although very sick from a Polish flu! (that’s how he calls it). It was a pleasure to meet the Eurovision triumphant once again of course and you can enjoy his chat with us.