Live from Oslo: Norway Decides 2015
OSLO, NORWAY – Welcome to the final live report this year as Norway is the last country which holds national selection show for Eurovision 2015. MGP 2015 is underway and we will bring you everything that happens at Oslo Spektrum.
Karin Park – Human Beings
Song number 11 and the final song of the night is by Karin Park with the song Human Beings. A female soloist, wearing black under a white camisole, supported on stage by two drummers. The song is very slow, a pop tune which makes use of changes in tone from our singer. There is a lot of mist on stage alongside strobe lighting. This is very early 90s, as two female dancers come on stage to do some dancing. Well performed but there are far too many lyrics on this song. Audience seem to like it.
Alexandra Joner – Cinderella
Alexandra comes onto stage with pink hair and a glitter ballroom dress. This is an RnB number and on stage are several females while our singer descends on a swing. Some Shakira moves take place and the strobe lights are working overtime. The dress makes way for some shorts, also glitter. Sounding very Rihanna like, not a bad song and well performed and it’s liked by the audience.
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me
A male and female duo, the song is performed in English. Our male singer comes on stage wearing a burgundy suit above a t-shirt, there is some strange vocal renditions here as he goes up and down every so often. Our female singer is wearing a long gothic dress. This is a slow ballad, very reminiscent of David Bowie, with minimal visuals except for mist on stage. Well performed, it is simple and to the point. Warmly received by the audience.
Staysman & Lazz – En godt stekt pizza
The second song of the night in Norwegian and sang by a male duo. A pop /rap tune to backing music of a country variety. Accompanied on stage by many people, recreating the outside of a barn. Except for strobe lighting, no other visual gimicks. One of the singers is bare chested while the other is wearing a t-shirt. Pizzas are very much on show and the audience seem to like it. Very well received.
Marie Klåpbakken – Ta meg tilbake
The first song of the night in Norwegian. A female soloist singer, wearing a long black dress, the song is a melodic pop tune which capitalises on a sweet melody matched by the vocals from our singer. There is some limitation on the high notes but this does not impact on the flow of the song. There are two violinists accompanying on stage and again strobe lighting but nothing else. Not to be outdone, our singer also starts playing the violin midway through the song. A good song, very warmly received by the audience.
Contrazt – Heaven
Our group comprises a female lead singer and seven backing musicians, including one other female vocalist, the rest are all males. The song is another 80s number, with everyone wearing black. Again strobe lighting moving above the stage but nothing else visually present. Well performed but very remisniscent of traveling on a cruise ship. Again we have English as the language of choice. Catchy melody but the words are rather repetitive. Warmly received by the audience.
Ira Konstantinidis – We Don’t Worry
A modern hip pop tune. It includes four other females onstage alongside a streetdancer who opens the show. The song is rather bland but has a catchy melody which is easy to follow. Ira (whos of Greek descent) is dressed in a tracksuit while her backing singers are dressed to appear as schoolgirls. Apart from strobe lights and a big neon sign saying “Ira” there is not much in the way of visuals. The song is well performed but there are some shaky vocals midway through. Audience seem to like it.
Jenny Langlo – Next to You
Another song in English, with our soloist female singer arriving on stage looking like a 90s singer accompanied by four male bass drummers. The song is a modern pop tune which makes use of her vocal ability but not is a rather slow number which makes good use of the singer’s sensual body moves. There is constant light strobing over the stage. Rather catchy lyrics, well received by the audience.
Tor & Bettan – All Over the World
Our duo are a more experienced group compared to our previous participants. A slow pop tune, sang in English with both singers wearing matching suits. A very 80s styled song which is well performed. Both backing singers are a bassist and a piano player, they are constantly moving around the stage and singing off each other. It includes an accompaniment by children on stage
Raylee – Louder
A hip hop number, Raylee comes on stage wearing a coat as fireworks go off all around the stage. A hip hop number, Raylee comes on stage wearing a coat as fireworks go off all around the stage.
Erlend Bratland – Thunderstruck
Our first song of the night, Erlend Bratland with Thunderstruck: A powerful ballad which builds as it gathers pace. Sang in English, Erlend is wearing leather and is making full use of his vocal power. A likeable song, with 6 backing singers. Erlend has given a solid performance, his tatoos are a nice touch and there is clear passion to the song. It is well received by the audience.
Norway begins to a rendition of Genghis Khan, the 1979 West Germany Eurovision entry. It is sang by all of tonight’s participants as our hosts welcome us live to Oslo. Karas and Sylvia will be our hosts for the night.