MGP 2020 – awards of the season

Note to self: When a participant poses in this jacket with shiny accessory formerly known as Bettan ahead of the final, it is likely someone wants this person to win. Pic by Christoffer Gunnestad/NRK

So we finally have a Norwegian participant for Eurovision! We think. The debate is still red-hot in Norway as the voting system crash landed in the worst possible way Saturday night, and a representative jury of 30 persons was left with the job of picking the gold final participants. Safe to say, that wasn’t so well received and it has been noted that 30 very anonymous people are currently seeking admission to the witness protection program of Iowa. We wish them all the best

Nonetheless. This very representative jury of two stays put and has awards to hand out.

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We have no idea who will win the second MGP semi-final tonight

No, this is not a picture of Gandalf in his thirties. (Pic by NRK.) 

OMG, we’re loving the fact that NRK has brought the regional MGP semi-finals back and this weekend we get to see the top of the crop of what the Eastern part of the country has to offer. And if you think the most densely populated part of Norway offers fierce competition, think again! Perhaps NRK forgot to tell the real artists currently residing in and around Oslo about the submission deadline, but nevermind. Lucky for us we’re having a white January and are all set with a generous glass of chardonnay in front of the telly around eight to watch the usual shenanigans. Oh joy!

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Five reasons Raylee should win Norway’s first semi final

Raylee. Pic by NRK

Yay, Norway fired up the concept of regional semifinals again and they are now ON. That will probably be a huge success, given the fact that outdoor Norway is pitch black and cold and boring at the moment and we are all broke after a way too long Christmas holiday of expensive food and alcohol every day, similar to Eurovision week, so there’s nothing left to do than to sit inside and watch the telly.

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Our Verdict: Jury Final 2019

– We’re already three people here. The last thing we need is a camera man joining us (Photo by: Andres Putting)

The Grand Final is shaping up to be real corker of a show, chuck full of favorites in the first half, and come to think of it, the second half as well. Moreover, the national broadcaster here has been considerate enough to add a number of technical glitches and f*ck-ups which of course adds to the excitement.

Tonight is a big night where the jury will cast their votes, Italy will most likely once again do something to ruin their chances of winning, and we are of course in the Press Center to report about it. Buckle up!

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Interview: KEiiNO swipes the embassy floor with the Norwegian press

This is how we look like when we pretend we didn’t celebrate Norway all night, but instead had plenty of sleep and are ready to celebrate like proper grown-ups. Pic by the fabulous Morten Hegseth, who really should have been in the picture instead.

Hooray, today is the 17th of May – our national day, where we celebrate getting rid of Denmark and, eventually, Sweden. How very appropriate, then, that KEiiNO kicked it off right around midnight here in Tel Aviv by MAKING IT TO THE FINAL. Unfortunately, they had to bring aforementioned Scandinavian countries, but that’s of no concern to a group of three extremely talented people that can sing and joik Växsjö tabernacle choir’s socks off any day.

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Liveblog: MGP 2019

Yay! After watching several countries trying to come up with someone who could outrule us all in Eurovision. After trying to ignore boring episode number 115 of Sweden’s ridiculously long selection process. After surviving through Ukraine’s death by politics. Finally, we are ready for our own national final, the one and only Melodi Grand Prix.

We are watching, of course, and we will give you our comments as we go along. Read our live blog below.

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