Norwegian 2010 entrant Didrik Solli-Tangen struck while the iron was hot with the release of his debut album Guilty Pleasures, following his participation at the Eurovision Song Contest with My Heart is Yours. The 26 year old from Porsgrunn has however taken his time working on his sophomore album, The Journey, released late last week.
Vivi Stenberg was recruited to supervise Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix following Per Sundnes' departure from NRK after Baku in May. She certainly has a tough job ahead, but is quietly confident that the selected entries will easily improve on Norway's dismal fortunes of late.
With three widely diverse performers such as Bettan, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen on stage, something for practically every taste is almost guaranteed. The three artists combine their styles and talent to bring concertgoers a unique experience in July.
Didrik set many hearts a flutter around the continent when he performed this year's hotly tipped Norwegian entry, My Heart Is Yours. Since then, he has kept a relatively low media profile during the recording of this, his debut album Guilty Pleasures.
Despite what couldn't have been anything but a disappointing result for Didrik Solli Tangen, the Norwegian representative at this year's contest, he appears to have taken the defeat on the chin, turning the whole experience into something positive.
The Norwegians are having a great time hosting this contest. Everything is running smoothly and there's a great buzz around Oslo. There's another thing the Norwegians are doing very well and that's the preparation for their entry.