Norwegian broadcaster NRK has today revealed the 21 artists and songs that will compete to represent Norway at Eurovision 2022 as part of Melodi Grand Prix!
The competitors in Melodi Grand Prix 2022 are:
Qualified to the final
- Northkid – Someone
- Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A Banana
- Christian Ingebrigtsen – Wonder of the World
- Anna-Lisa Kumoji – Queen Bee
- Elsie Bay – Death Of Us
- Mira Craig – We Still Here
- Frode Vassel – Black Flowers
- TrollfesT – Dance Like A Pink Flamingo
- Eline Noelia – Ecstasy
- Lily Löwe – Bad Baby
- Steffen Jakobsen – With Me Tonight
- Farida – Dangerous
- Daniel Lukas – Kvelertak (Strangulation)
- Mari Bølla – Your Loss
- Oda Gondrosen – Hammer Of Thor
- Sturla – Skår i hjertet (Shards in the Heart)
- VILDE – Titans
- Alexandra Joner – Hasta La Vista
- Maria Mohn – Fly
- Kim Wigaard – La Melodia
- Sofie Fjellvang – Made Of Glass
You can listen to the entires here!
Who might you recognise?
Anna-Lisa Kumoji is the first of our MGP veterans returning this year! She previously competed in 2019 with the song Holla, achieving 4th place.
Christian Ingebrigtsen may not have appeared on the MGP stage himself yet, but has written many recognisable songs for both Norwegian and Finnish national finals! These include four second-placing entries – Eastern Wind by Torstein Sødal (2008), Don’t Wanna Lose You Again by A1 (2010), Somewhere Beautiful by Nora Foss al-Jabri (2012) and Perfect Villain (2017). Perhaps his greatest success, however, has been as one of the songwriters behind Ulrikke’s Attention, which won MGP in 2020.
Frode Vassel is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. In 2018, he was one of the backing vocalists for Alexander Rybak’s entry, That’s How You Write A Song.
Mira Craig is another songwriter who is taking centre stage this year. She was behind Norway’s 2008 entry, Hold On Be Strong, performed by Maria Haukaas Storeng. The song placed 5th in the grand final.
Once they competed together, and now they compete against one another! Kim Wigaard and Maria Mohn participated in MGP 2020 with the song Fool For Love. They were eliminated in their heat’s gold duet by Rein Alexander.
Finally, member of Trollfest Erik Renton was one of the songwriters behind gold finalist Jorn’s Faith Bloody Faith from last year’s MGP.
What else do we know about Melodi Grand Prix 2022?
Melodi Grand Prix will once again feature a four-heat format, followed by a second-chance round and a grand final. Five acts have qualified to the final in advance. The heats will take place on:
- 15th January
- 22nd January
- 29th January
- 5th February
The second chance round will then be held on 12th February, giving one more non-qualifying entry the chance to make it to the final. The grand final, where the winning entry will be chosen, will take place on Saturday 19th February.
The contest will take place at the H3 Arena in Fornebu, and will be hosted by Annika Momrak, Mikkel Niva, and Kåre Magnus Bergh. Unfortunately, the contest will primarily take place without an audience again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, though the possibility of having an audience for the grand final still remains and will be confirmed in due course.
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
The Scandinavian nation made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, with Nora Brockstedt and the song “Voi Voi”, which placed 4th. Since their debut, they have participated 59 times, and made the grand final in 56 of these. In addition, Norway has won the competition three times (1985, 1995, and 2009).
Norway’s latest Eurovision participation saw them being represented by TIX with the song “Fallen Angel”. During their participation, Norway placed 18th in the grand final, receiving 75 points from the jury and televoters.
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News source: NRK
Photo source: NRK