Norway is continuing their preparations for MGP 2023. As artists prep for Delfinale 2 on Saturday 21 January, Helen speaks to Alejandro Fuentes, who is vying to represent Norway in Liverpool with his song “Fuego”.
Check Out Our Interview with Alejandro here!
In this interview, Helen and Alejandro talk about how his music has changed over the years, what it would mean for a song in Spanish to represent Norway at Eurovision, and the massive global success of Latino artists and music. Plus, they have a bit of fun with accents and languages!
Make sure to check out our other interviews with MGP contestants – including Alessandra Mele, Kate Gulbrandsen, Eiric Næss, Bjørn Olav Edvardsen, and Ella A.
Alejandro was born in Chile and came to Norway as a refugee as a child and grew up loving music. He first gained attention on the third season of Norwegian Idol, where he finished in third place. He then released his debut album Diamonds and Pearls which obtained gold status in Norway. Alejandro has colloborated many times with fellow Norwegian artists Askil Holm, Espen Lind, and Kurt Nilsen on covers of various classic songs by artists such as U2, Seal, and Tom Petty. More recently, Alejandro has pivoted toward a more Spanish-tinged sound, including his 2018 Melodi Grand Prix entry, “Tengo Otra”.
Norway’s Eurovision Journey
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 60 times, and made the grand final 57 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 Subwoolfer with the song “Give That Wolf a Banana”. During their participation, Norway placed 10th in the grand final, receiving 182 points from the jury and televoters.
What do think of our interview with Alejandro? Would you like to see “Fuego” represent Norway in Liverpool this May? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on social media. Be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok as we head toward Eurovision 2023.
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