LIVE: NORWAY DECIDES 2014
OSLO, NORWAY – GOD KVELD FRA OSLO ! GOOD EVENING FROM OSLO ! The 2014 revamped edition of the Melodi Grand Prix is coming to an end tonight with the grand final, live from the Oslo-Spektrum. After 3 semi-finals, 9 songs will battle tonight for a ticket to neighbouring Denmark. As it’s a 100% televoting procedure, it’s up to the Norwegian people only to pick the 53rd Norwegian Eurovision entry. Our hosts tonight are Jenny Skavlan and Erik Solbakken (Eurovision 2010 host).
HOW TO WATCH
19:55 CET – WATCH THE SHOW ONLINE (via EUROVISION.TV) 19:55 CET – WATCH THE SHOW ONLINE (via NRK.NO)
El Cuero “Ain’t No Love (In This City No More)” (2nd of semi-final 3): The competition starts with a rock track, and not a bad one. The performance is quite professional and the singer’s voice is flawless. The song is well performed but could get lost on Eurovision stage. El Cuero is not as original as Wig Wam (Norway 2005).
Elisabeth Carew “Sole Survivor” (3rd of semi-final 3): Some call her THE dark horse for this year’s MGP. Beautiful Elisabeth gives a great performance of her catchy electro-pop song. The stage presentation is nice. The track is a good one but it lacks that little something special to make it to Copenhagen.
Knut Kippersund Nesdal “Taste Of You” (winner of semi-final 2): A young talented boy. This could be the Norwegian counterpart to Danish Basim! Actually the stage presentation (great light work!!!) is better than the song itself. The musical arrangement is soooo 80’s and this pop act needs much more energy. The performance is flawless, but one again something is missing there. The audience obviously loves him!
Dina Misund “Needs” (3rd of semi-final 1): And here is the folk song of the night (wow this type of music has been very popular in this year’s national selections). That’s a nice banjo ballad and Dina has a very beautiful voice that really suits this kind of song. It’s just a sweet performance, that some may call… boring.
Mo “Heal” (winner of semi-final 1): Teenage girls’ favourite now, MO! An efficient electro ballad and the boy can sing (unlike Tooji…). This is a good act and the audience is behind this entry. The song sounds like a modern version a “Believe” (Russia 2008). Great reaction in the arena.
Linnea Dale “High Hopes” (2nd of semi-final 1): A nice voice and a nice performance for this original song. A bit electro, a bit ballad, a bit femme fatale … and a bit repetitive I’m afraid. I could not say where this song is going actually.
Charlie “Hit Me Up” (3rd of semi-final 2): We eventually have an uptempo song. A Katy Perry-esque pop song. Charlie is a talented teen who gives a nice performance with a strong ending (fireworks are back). Huge reactions in the audience.
Carl Espen “Silent Storm” (winner of semi-final 3): The hot favourite according to many bookmakers and websites! Carl looks like a lumberjack from northern Norway, and delivers a classy and incredibly emotional ballad! The contrast between is look and his beautiful delicate voice is breathtaking! The Spektrum’s audience is reacting throughout the performance. If there is any kind of justice, he should be on the B&W Hallerne stage on May 8th!
Oda & Wulff “Sing” (2nd of semi-final 2): Come on Viking friends! How could this one make it to MGP final? The chorus is childish, the whole song is old fashioned and come on… trumpets, really? But the audience appreciates them.
4 songs proceed to the Super Final. Each entrant is announced and had the opportunity to sing his song again. The 4 super finalists are Knut Kippersund Nesdal , Carl Espen, mo and Linnea Dale. And line are open again!