Melodi Grand Prix season finally got underway tonight, with the first seven hopefuls taking to the stage in Steinkjer. The line up featured everything from rockabilly and electronica through to folk pop and metal opera. But who would take Norway's fancy and bag the first three spots in the final?
Denmark in semi-final one, Norway in semi-final two. That we already knew, but what about the remaining countries? Today the so-called allocation draw, which decides in which semi-final the various participating countries will perform, was held today.
Broadcaster NRK presented the first seven names of this year's participants in Melodi Grand Prix, new project producer Vivi Stenberg promised us a varied line up, a promise she most definitely lived up to!
Norwegian broadcaster NRK have kept unusually tight lipped about the participants in the 2013 edition of Melodi Grand Prix, witholding information in what can be best described as a change of tactic. Fans need wait no longer, as this evening, the seven participants in the first heat this Saturday were presented on primetime TV.
Former Norwegian entrant Anita Skorgan was in her heyday the hottest property along with ex husband Jahn Teigen on the Norwegian music scene. With the heady 80's a distant memory, Skorgan's music has reached new heights of popularity following a primetime show featuring her music.
Unlike other years, Norwegian broadcaster NRK are keeping remarkably quiet when it comes to the 21 acts that have been selected for next year's Melodi Grand Prix. In a recent interview, project manager Vivi Stenberg stated that there were a number of big names taking part. Tabloid VG claims to know almost half of the names, in an article published today.
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.
Åge Sten Nilsen and Benedicte Adrian both represent two genres that are pretty far apart from one another, rock and avantgarde pop. In a surprise collaboration with another former Norwegian entrant, Benedicte Adrian, Christmas comes early for both Queen and Eurovision fans in the form of a seasonal edition of the Queen tribute show We Will Rock You.
The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak releases his Christmas album today. The album contains 12 classic Christmas songs, all in English, and is likely to put his fans into the right spirit leading up to the big holiday in just one month.