The search for the next Norwegian Eurovision entrant continues this weekend, with four artists competing for a place in the Melodi Grand Prix final. Let’s meet the participants!
On January 29th, the next four acts will take to the stage to perform their potential Eurovision entries. Additionally, one of the pre-qualified acts will perform their entry. Here are the competitors…
VILDE – Titans
Music and Lyrics: Vilde Johannessen / Ben Adams / Sindre Timberlid Jenssen
Vilde Johannessen is a 26-year-old singer and songwriter from Tjøme in Vestfold. She supported Matoma, Röyksopp and Julie Bergan, as well as performing at the opening ceremony of the Norway Cup.
Some of her most popular tracks, such as ‘Never Said Enough’ and ‘Motions’ were released in 2021.
Sturla – Skår i Hjertet
Music and lyrics: Sturla Fagerli Larsen
Sturla is a known name in the pop music circle, releasing music over the last decade. His journey into music began in secondary school, and since then has sold out gigs across Norway.
In 2020, he worked with Hanne Mjøen on the song Som Ingen Andre. His follow up single, Kanskje Du Kan Vær Mitt Paradis was A-listed on radio station NRK P1 for several months.
Oda Gondrosen – Hammer of Thor
Music and lyrics: Morten Franck / Elsa Søllesvik / Torgeir Ryssevik / Oda Kristine Gondrosen
As a 16-year-old, Oda signed up for Idol, and later on, The Voice in 2015. Ultimately, she decided that she was too young at the time, and found the transition into the music industry difficult after these competitions.
Oda pressed pause on her music dream to pursue a career in nursing, specifically end of life care. She returned to the music world in 2020, participating once again in Idol where she finished 3rd.
Mari Bølla – Your Loss
Music and lyrics: Lars Horn Lavik / Morten Franck / Mari Eriksen Bølla
Mari participated in Idol Junior when she was just 10 years old, and finished in 3rd place. She returned to the Idol competition in 2020, and won the season. She is the talent contest’s youngest winner, aged just 15.
Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf a Banana
Music and Lyrics: Keith / Jim
This mysterious act is keeping their identity under wraps, however they did release this statement:
‘Subwoolfer, the biggest band in the Galaxy, first formed 4.5 billion years ago on their home planet… the moon.
Since then, the brothers, Keith and Jim, have conquered the music scene on every planet, making them the most successful pop group ever.
On June 20, 1969, a prophet named Neil appeared to them, and was soon hailed ‘the man with the strongest arms’. He promised to return telling them he would help them become the biggest band on his planet too, but only once they had written the greatest song in the Universe, sung in his native tongue: English.
However, Neil never returned and so now armed with the greatest song in existence, Give That Wolf a Banana, they have come to earth in search of him, and to claim their musical throne by performing at the most important and prestigious musical event in the history of the world: Melodi Grand Prix 2022 in Norway.’
Which act do you want to qualify to the Melodi Grand Prix final? Vote below!