Is NRK actively trying to stop us enjoying Melodi Grand Prix this year? We were pissed off enough last week with the webfeed, but the on-button wasn’t actually pressed until half-way through Pernille and Marius’ performance this time. It’s seriously not good enough. To be more positive, the standard of the stream was better this time, but still nowhere near a decent resolution. Oh dear.
Onto the songs, anyway. We really enjoyed Saturday night’s show. Every song was in with a chance, and everyone was on great form. There was a real energy this time around, and it was an enjoyable evening.
The two highlights were both winners. Hanne Sørvaag cruised through to the final. As we said before, she knew what she was doing, and made it look easy. Some commentators thought her vocal was nervous, but it sounded alright within the context of the song, so we were happy. One thing: ditch the guitar. It didn’t work for Anna Bergendahl last year, and it won’t work here either. Where do those disappearing guitars go to, anyway? Are they currently residing with all those socks that are missing from their pair?
Babel Fish could go all the way. The four gentlemen delivered a solid performance, and this could be their year. It’s not an exciting song, but it ticks all the boxes for what a big, emotionally wrought song should sound like. Maturity counts for a lot, and it worked.
Through to the last chance section are young Endre and, excitingly, Mimi Blix. With a bit of a remix, Allergic could light up the stage in Düsseldorf if it won… Now there’s a thought, Norway.
Schlagerfiasko should actually just give up now. How could we publish a review of the events in Florø without mentioning the main event? Alexander Stenerud’s medley of hits with a special guest: Guri Schanke.
Obviously, this was the real highlight of the evening – and if it was in competition, it would have walked away with the top spot.
It’s our Song of the Week, and deservedly so.