Norway: It’s Ulrikke to Rotterdam!

Norway – This year’s Melodi Grand Prix concluded at last! It featured 5 semi-finals in order to celebrate the 60 years of Norway’s participation in Eurovision. The grand final imitated the old format of ten songs battling for a chance to move on to the next stage until a last duel where Ulrikke Brandstorp won with “Attention”

The hosts were Kåre Magnus Bergh, Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase for this final hosted in Trondheim. The 10 acts taking part were:

  1. Raylee Wild
  2. Didrik & Emil Out Of Air
  3. Magnus Bokn Over The Sea
  4. Akuvi Som du her
  5. Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me
  6. Rein Alexander One Last Time
  7. Tone Damli Hurts Sometimes
  8. Sondrey Take My Time
  9. Ulrikke BrandstorpAttention
  10. Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay

It was 100% public vote tonight, through an app where you can vote up to three times per round. In the first round, the Top 4 qualified to the next round. These were, in order in which they were revealed:

  • Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me
  • Ulrikke BrandstorpAttention
  • Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay
  • Raylee Wild

It is relevant to note that only one of them was directly qualified to the final act: Ulrikke. The other 3 qualified as winners of their semis. Maybe a revamp is needed for the next NMGP as the big names who were “qualified” by a jury all failed to grasp attention (no Ulrikke pun intended). Once you’ve voted for an act, you’ll probably keep supporting it. After a new round of votes with recap of these four entries opened, we got the two qualifiers for the Gold Duel:

  • Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me
  • Ulrikke BrandstorpAttention

They got to sing their entries again. Then televotes were revealed by region in a dramatic fashion, as both were very close in each set of votes, with Kristin having a short edge, until Oslo’s votes were added, where Ulrikke got enough to take over and win it!

What do you think of this entry? What are its chances in Rotterdam?

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94 comments on “Norway: It’s Ulrikke to Rotterdam!

  1. Well this goes nowhere for me. Ofc Norway didn’t have great line of choices but Pray for me would be better one… I still appreciate they didn’t pick Liza Vassilieva.

    P.S. Do they have Sound Stream Director who is going to retire or amortisated technology? Could Norway’s broadcaster donate them to Armenian Public TV?

  2. I mainly focused on the Finals last night, Norwegian was one of them. Some entries grew on me f.e The Brothers gave an excellent performance and I also started warming up to Magnus as a package more. The Final had a great top 2 and an obvious winner since day 1 (even betted on it). Of course there were Raylee and the Gay song to counterbalance…

    I’m under the impression the Norwegian show relied heavily on pre-recorded vocals and auto tuning cause everything sounded too good to be true.

    As for the winner : “Attention” is a very formulaic ballad which gets elevated by a very jury-magnet performance. Nothing wrong about that and among the very best packages selected so far. (Italy f.e pales in comparison, even if I prefer Fai rumore as a more genuine song)

    Full ranking and scores of NMGP Final

    1. Ulrikke 8/10
    2. Kristin 8/10
    3. The Brothers 6/10
    4. Magnus 6/10
    5. Akuvi 6/10
    6. Sondrey 6/10
    7. Rein Alexander 5/10
    8. Tone 5/10
    9. Raylee 4/10
    10. Lisa 3/10

    Average of all 25 entries at 5.28 (just above Supernova)
    Very weak for Norwegian standards (especially taking into consideration their great 2009-2011 national preselection years)

    PS : Oh, the dilema now : “Shaj” or “Attention” ? (thank God they are in different semis)

  3. Akuvi slamming NRK for the app collapsing during the first round of vote:

    • #realdonaldtrump blaming Hillary for “failed televoting in loser country with less oil than America discovered during my presidency.”

      • Lol. She wouldn’t have Q anyway but the app debacle gave everyone the right to cry foul

        • It’s all just further proof that technology for its own sake is rarely a good thing when things work well as is – see voting on paper vs various differently programmed machines.

  4. Hmm, it’s okay, certainly not great, a bit boring to be honest but she sings it well.

  5. My feelings towards this are mostly indifferent. Some parts of it make me think of Roxette. Another song based on the bVI – i – bIII chord structure which is of course no crime, and here it works well. She sings it well too, but overall the song does little for me.

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