finally, melodi grand prix national finals

And we’re doing it a little different this year. We’ve hosted Melodi Grand Prix National Finals parties at our home for the last two years but this time around, Knut, I and three of our friends are taking ourselves to the big party later tonight.

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We’re watching the finals that will select Norway’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest live at Oslo Spektrum! We’ve been eagerly watching the semi-finals held over the last four weeks (along with Sweden’s Melodifestivalen well on its way), and with our clear favorites going through the grand finals it should be one fun evening waiting for us.

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I’m betting on Alexander Rybak and hope to God that he goes to compete in the international competition. He wrote the song “Fairytale” while wandering around Norway last summer, knocking on people’s doors and playing his violin in exchange for board and lodging. It’s unique. It’s not forgettable (channeling Simon Cowell). And he puts on a fantastic show with his fiddler-on-the-roof persona and intense singing.

Watch him sticking his tongue out and three muscular guys doing push-ups on stage here:

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Another favorite is Tone Damli Aaberge with the song “Butterflies” which she co-wrote, a pop tune that’s commercially viable and modern-sounding. She’s quite the looker, too. I just hope she moves more freely on stage tomorrow night. She’s an evident runner for the top spot along with Alexander.

Watch how the heels killed her performance below:

Tonight’s winner goes to Moscow in May for the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year’s Norwegian entry Maria Haukaas Storeng finished a strong fifth. We’re hoping for a better placing this year.

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7 Responses to “finally, melodi grand prix national finals”


  1. 1 K February 21, 2009 at 6:04 am

    This Alexander is going BIG, he has talents both singing (maybe dancing too) and playing violins.

    Hiningal sya that’s why he was sticking his tongue out, hahaha.

    His music is catchy, I am singing already, “i don’t care if I lose my mind….”

  2. 2 Charles Ravndal February 21, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Dang I just hate it that I am just going to watch it online. I already asked my father or Odd to watch it in my absence

  3. 3 freshmess February 21, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Good, good K. :)

    Ask them to vote for Alexander Rybak too Charles! :)

  4. 4 dianeca February 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Oops I missed the end…did it go well???

  5. 5 freshmess February 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Alexander Rybak won!!! Woot woot!

  6. 6 ofaj February 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    you’re so European. I don’t even watch this. I like singing competitions but not Eurovision and the like.

    I do watch that Swedish version of American Idol, though. :-)

  7. 7 freshmess February 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    When in Europe, do as the Europeans do. We all need a little fabulosity sometimes. :)


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