Tonight, the final of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix took place in Oslo, where it was revealed that Alessandra Mele has won the right to represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool with her song “Queen of Kings”.
Grand Final Results Revealed
The running order of the competing artists for tonight, and the results, are as follows:
|1||Jone||“Ekko Inni Meg”||40||30||5th (70)|
|2||Eline Thorpe||“Not Meant to Be”||42||18||6th (60)|
|3||Skrellex||“Love Again”||14||40||7th (54)|
|5||Umami Tsunami||“Geronimo”||19||30||9th (49)|
|6||Atle Pettersen||“Masterpiece”||94||28||3rd (122)|
|8||Elsie Bay||“Love You In A Dream”||49||34||4th (83)|
|9||Alessandra Mele||“Queen of Kings”||104||129||1st (233)|
Alessandra placed first with the jury (104 points) and first with the public (129 points) to place first overall with 233 points. The runner-up was Ulrikke with “Honestly”, who place fourth with the jury and second with public for 138 points in total. Rounding out the podium in 3rd place was Atle Pettersen with “Masterpiece”; he finished 2nd with the jury but 8th with the public for 122 total points.
About Melodi Grand Prix 2023
Melodi Grand Prix 2023 ditches the duel and auto-qualifier format of the past 3 years. Instead, MGP 2023 consists of 3 semi-finals of 7 artists. In each semi-final, the three artists with the most votes advanced to the final. This year’s final reintroduced the juries, and was combined 50% with the public for the final result. Arian Engebø and Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen were the hosts for all four shows. Additionally, artists were allowed to used autotune during their performances. Subwoolfer performed as the interval act in the Grand Final with “Give That Wolf a Banana” and “The Worst Kept Secret” in which they finally revealed themselves as singers Ben Adams and Gaute Ormåsen.
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.
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News Source: NRK
Photo Credit: Julia Marie Naglestad/NRK