Norway Melodi Grand Prix Semi Final 2 - Aussievision picks
This weekend is the second semi final of the Norwegian national final 'Melodi Grand Prix'.
This semi final features artists from 'Eastern Norway' who will compete in head to head battles for a place in the Grand Final.
The songs and artists were released earlier this week, and the Aussievision team each chose their favourite entries..
Here are the results:
1st: Jæger - 'How about Mars' - 5 votes
Guy - "It is a contemporary and radio-ready track, and maybe a little bit same same as other electro poppy commercial music out at the moment (I guess pointing to the obvious comparison - Billie Eilish), but it’s produced well and it’s pretty catchy. It also sits a little left of centre - particularly if you take the styling from the video into account, which could work well on the Eurovision stage. I think it would struggle to win the MGP final if it makes it through, but it’s my favourite for this semi final."
Emma - "I’m going to go with How About Mars by Jaeger mostly because this is closest to the style of music I usually choose to listen to. Jaeger has a great voice and you’re never quite sure where the song is going next. However the lyrics are pretty cheesy and it’s not going to win any song writing awards!"
Aaron - "Wow. I… think I’ve heard this year’s ‘Hvala, Ne’? I quite like this. It’s equal measure enjoyable club-pop and total hot mess. I can’t wait to see this on the stage. (Reworking the final third would be welcome)."
Laura - "Intriguing with the sparse instrumentation at the start and I can hear influences from chart artists like Halsey and Billie Eilish. It’s incredibly modern and I love the video game elements in the beat and instrumental. The lyrics are a little cheesy and of course I’m always concerned about how well vocoders could work live but they work in the context of the song - with the right staging this could be fantastic! My only concern is that it loses its wow factor with repeat listens."
Mike - "I pick this because the other three should be catapulted in the sun. This only deserves to be launched towards Mars. Ok they're not that bad, and this has some Billie Eilish elements I really like. It will be interesting to see how it's performed live. "
2nd: Rein Alexander - ‘One Last Time’ - 3 votes
Fleur - "Wow, what a diverse range of songs we have this week! It’s a tough choice but for me, Rein Alexander’s Nordic pop banger is the one that holds my interest the most. Overall, I feel that this semi is not as strong as last week’s. That said plenty of music tastes will be catered to. 'One last time’ has shades of Rasmussen’s ‘Higher Ground’ and Serhat. It’s a fun disco number and I found myself singing along to it after a while. I am looking forward to seeing Rein perform this live on Sunday morning. Honestly, I think we’re in for a treat."
Kyriakos - "I wasn’t ready to go to Mars yet. Instead I want to go war one last time! I loved the song from the first listen and I have been hooked since. Rein Alexander’s voice is great. It gives me the slightest feels of ‘Wild Dances’. I can’t wait for the staging. I’m expecting something big!"
Dale - "It was a close battle for me but this just won over ‘How About Mars’. The reason – this is instantly enjoyable. It’s dated, it’s a weird morbid Eurodisco track by someone who looks like they’re from either Vikings or Game of Thrones.... but I can’t help but love it. I can’t wait to see what the performance is like live, it could be amazing or a total car crash! "
3rd: Kim Wingaard & Maria Mohn - 'Fool for Love' - 1 vote
Steve - "Beautifully composed and performed, ‘Fool for Love’ ticks all my boxes. The song’s message is clear, the diction is perfect, and the song actually builds to something, with a very ‘Bond’ middle eight. Yes, it’s been done before and it’s fairly slow, this could be incredible live if the vocals are top notch."
Tore Petterson - 'The Start of Something New' - 0 votes
The second semi final takes place 19:50 CET Saturday 18 January which is 05:50 AEDT Sunday 19 January.