Norway: Eline Noelia wins our readers’ poll ahead of MGP 2022 semi-final 1
Temperatures drop, but Norway arrived with a warmer winter: the first semi-final of Melody Grand Prix 2022. Before the first show in Norway, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite number in Semi-Final 1. After counting a total of 1,345 votes, the results came in — and Eline Noelia emerged victorious.
Our readers are really into “Ecstasy”, giving the Queen of Tønsberg a total of 511 votes – around 38% of all those cast.
Norway: Semi-Final 1 Poll Results (MGP 2022)
- Eline Noelia — “Ecstasy” | 511 votes, 37.99%
- Trollfest — “Dance like a flamingo” | 307 votes, 22.83%
- Frode Vassel — “Black Flowers” | 274 votes, 20.37%
- Mira Craig – “We’re Still Here” | 253 votes, 18.81%
The duels for semi-final 1 have already been fixed.
|Duel 1||Eline Noelia vs. Mira Craig|
|Duel 2||Frode Vassel vs. Trollfest|
Elsie’s Bay, pre-qualified finalist, will perform his song “Death of Us” in exhibition.
1. Eline Noelia: “Ecstasy”
Words and music: Eline Noelia Myreng, Audun Agnar Guldbrandsen and Tea Megaard
Eline Noelia Myreng is a 22 year old artist and composer from Tønsberg. She comes from a very musical family, which naturally marked its own dreams. It started with Christian pop and children’s albums, but eventually moved on to regular pop. As an artist, Eline is inspired by the catchy pop of the 2010s, but also by the legends of the 90s. Eline has been working in music full-time for several years, notably as a singer in the event industry. . She also spent a lot of time in the studio. When Tønsberg’s daughter studied pop music in Limpi, her singing career really took off and she met producer Audun Agnar Gulbrandsen. “Ecstasy” was the result of their first studio session together and was the start of a major project.
2. Trollfest: “Dance like a flamingo”
Words and music: Eirik Renton and Jostein Austvik
Trollfest came into the world in 2003 when a group of men got tired of the party music available. They really wanted to do something themselves, and the rest is history. Lovers of metal and Balkan music, they use instruments such as saxophone, accordion and synth which are mixed with extreme expression. The last crucial ingredient is a healthy dose of madness and humor, and the result is something they call “True Norwegian Balkan Metal”. With this formula, TrollfesT has toured large parts of the world since 2007 and released eight albums. The band delivers great shows with lots of interaction with the audience, where anything goes if it’s fun. Now the folk metal octet is ready for the Grand Prix Melodi with a new concept, where flamingos are about to take over the world.
3. Frode Vassel: “Black Flowers”
Words and music: Frode Vassel, Benjamin Larsen, Niklas Rossström and Celine Alette Pedersen Breivoll
Frode Vassel (40) was born and raised near Bergen on the west coast of Norway, but has lived in Oslo for half his life. He has traveled across Europe and been on the Eurovision stage with JOWST in Kyiv (2017), Rybak in Lisbon (2018) and helped KEIINO win public votes at Tel Aviv 2019. This is now it’s Frode’s turn to be in the spotlight. Frode Vassel is a very experienced artist who has performed with many well-known Norwegian artists such as Ylvis, Maria Mena and Åge Sten Nilsen, and has a strong solo background and solid musical background. In the spring of 2021, he participated in The Voice. As a father of three in a time of climate crisis, Frode will now put all his energy into the song “Black Flowers”.
4. Mira Craig – “We’re Still Here”
Lyrics and music: Mira Craig and Bård Berg
Mira Craig (39) is an established artist and songwriter from Oslo. Among other things, she wrote the 2008 Melodi Grand Prix-winning Norwegian song, “Hold On Be Strong”, which was sung by Maria Haukaas Mittet. It was the very first song Mira wrote when she was 15, and it earned a solid 5th place at Eurovision. Mira herself made her debut as an artist with the single “Boogeyman” in 2005 and has since had several hits on VG-lista in Norway. Snoop Dogg became interested in the Norwegian musician at the Quartfestivalen in 2005 and used his “Dinner in Bed” on the album “Welcome to tha Chuuch: The Album”. Mira has been nominated for several Spellemann Awards in Norway, the Alarm Award and the MTV Europe Music Awards. Throughout her career, she has worked with major international artists and producers and performed for over 100,000 people domestically and abroad. “We Still Here” is the first single from her upcoming album number seven.
Who do you think will win each duel tonight? And who will win overall? Let us know in the comments box below!