Norway: Oda wins Melodi Grand Prix 2022 semi-final 3
This morning saw semi-final 3 of Norway’s Eurovision national selection show ‘Melodi Grand Prix’ (MGP) take place in Fornebu, just outside Oslo.
After two duels and a Gold Duel, Oda Gondrosen with her song 'Hammer of Thor' won the semi-final, thereby booking a spot in the Grand Final on 19 February.
The third of the five semi-finals featured four artists fighting for a spot in the MGP Grand Final. Performing this evening were Mari Bølla with 'Your Loss', Oda Gondrosen with 'Hammer of Thor', Sturla with 'Skår i hjerte' and Vilde with 'Titans'.
During the semi-finals the four acts are split into two duels, determined by a draw prior to the show. The winners of both duels then compete in the Gold duel, where the winner advances directly to the Grand Final. The remaining acts go through to 'The Second Chance' round beginning on Monday 7 February.
Duel 1 - Oda Gondrosen defeated Mari Bølla
In the first duel, Mari Bølla faced off against Oda Gondrosen.
Dressed in a white fringed pant suit, 17-year-old Mari and her five dancers dressed in silver spent much of their performance dancing on, and around, a Mediterranean inspired sofa and coffee table set. Mari even danced on top of the table at one point! It was a stormy and captivating performance from Oda and her four drummers all dressed in black. Lots of LED lightning and smoke contributed to an engaging and visually stunning performance. And it was Oda Gondrosen who emerged victorious and she moved through to the Gold Duel.
Duel 2 - Vilde defeated Sturla
In the second duel, Sturla faced off against Vilde. Dressed in a white t-shirt and chain underneath a brown suit, Sturla spent the first half of his performance singing in to a boom type microphone leaving his arms free to move to the music. He then took the microphone to sing the rest of the song to camera. The focus of the simple copper toned lighting was purely on Sturla who took the stage with no dancers. In contrast, Vilde, in a bejewelled gold pant suit and silver belt, was accompanied by four dancers in white crop tops with silver sequence and flowing flared pants. There was blue lava on the LED, lots of white strobe lighting and even some pyro at the end of the performance! And it was Vilde who took the win and she moved through to the Gold Duel against Oda Gondrosen.
NorthKid then debuted their track 'Someone'. They are among six pre-qualified artists who will perform in the 12-song final on February 19. The group were originally scheduled to perform during Semi Final 4 but had to come in as a last minute replacement for Subwoolfer who have come down with COVID-19.
Gold Duel - Oda Gondrosen defeated Vilde
Oda Gondrosen and Vilde then went head to head in the Gold Duel. And it was Oda Gondrosen who emerged victorious and advanced to the MGP final on 19 February. Mari Bølla, Sturla and Vilde will all take part in the Second Chance Round.
Semi-final 4 of Melodi Grand Prix takes place next Saturday 5th February with the Grand Final scheduled for 19th February.