This weekend sees the start of the Norsk Melodi Grand Prix with the first semi-final. Norway’s national final can always be counted upon to showcase some great music and this year is no different, with some truly exceptional gems shining through.
Rikkie Lie – Another Heartache (Composers: Rikke Lie / Maria Marcus / Niclas Lundin)
An absolutely gorgeous ballad with some truly epic strings. The wonderfully delicate melody paired with Rikkie’s unique waif-like voice makes this song a very strong contender. In fact, I’m calling this as the one to watch.
Lise Karlsnes – Sailors (Composers: Lise Karlsnes / Thomas Eriksen)
Dreamy electropop, a little in the vein of The Sound Of Arrows but more hard-hitting. With that soaring chorus, its a future radio hit. What I like about Sailors is that it is very ‘credible’ pop and not the kind normally associated with Eurovision.
Tooji – Stay (Composers: Tooji / Peter Boström / Figge Boström)
A catchy club track that is an interesting fusion of modern dance and Eastern influences. While I personally like it, I think this will be a challenge to perform live and, if not done right, could potentially fall part. I still think its great though.
Other songs that have caught my attention are Reidun Sæther’s High On Love, Minnie-Oh’s You And I and Malin’s Crush. All in all, the line-up for the Melodi Grand Prix is exceptionally strong this year and the race to the final will no doubt be an exciting one!