Melodi Grand Prix 2007

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For the Danish national final with the same name, see Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2007.
Melodi Grand Prix 2007
Semi-final(s) 20 January 2007
27 January 2007
3 February 2007
Second Chance 8 February 2007
Final 10 February 2007
Presenter(s) Synnøve Svabø and Stian Barsnes Simonsen
Broadcaster NRK
Venue Spektrum Arena, Oslo, Norway
Winning song "Ven a bailar conmigo" by Guri Schanke
Voting system
Jury and SMS and telephone voting
Semi-finals
Televoting selects eight finalists over four semi-finals
Final
Televoting selects four of the 8 finalists to progress to a "Gold Final"
3 regional juries awarded the Gold finalists 2,000, 4,000, 6,000 and 10,000 points
Televoting is conducted again, with each televote added to the songs' totals over five regions
Number of entries 18: 6 in each semi-final; 8 in the final (2 from each semi-final, 2 from the Second Chance round); 4 in the gold final
Melodi Grand Prix
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Guri Schanke and dancers performing "Ven a bailar conmigo" at Melodi Grand Prix 2007

Melodi Grand Prix 2007 (shortened MGP 2007) was the television show in which the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was chosen.

Just like in 2006, there were three semifinals held before the final, where televoting decided the top four songs, the top two of which went to the final (in random order), and the songs who were placed 3rd and 4th went to the 'Second Chance' semifinal (also in random order). If NRK follow their traditional ways, it is unlikely we[who?] will ever find out the full results of the semifinals.

On 12 October 2006, NRK announced that it had received 464 songs for the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix, over half of which came from Sweden.[1] However, in the final selection of the 18 participating entries, only five were written partially or entirely by Swedish composers, less than half the number of the 13 Swedish entries in Melodi Grand Prix 2006. This was most probably the results of the heavy criticism NRK received from Norwegian composers due to the heavy Swedish dominance in MGP 2006.[citation needed]

Just like in MGP 2006, Synnøve Svabø and Stian Barsnes Simonsen hosted all five shows. However, 2006's additional side commentator, Jostein Pedersen, was swapped with trend guru and television host Per Sundnes, though Sundnes played a slightly smaller role than his predecessor, primarily being in charge of interval reports from the different host cities. However, he will substitute Jostein Pedersen as the new Norwegian Eurovision commentator for NRK in Helsinki.

Schedule[edit]

Date City Venue Notes
20 January 2007 Alta Finnmarkshallen Semi-final 1
27 January 2007 Bodø Bodø Spektrum Semi-final 2
3 February 2007 Stokke Brunstad Conference Center Semi-final 3
8 February 2007 Oslo Oslo Spektrum Second Chance
10 February 2007 Oslo Oslo Spektrum Final

Final[edit]

Final - 10 February 2007
Draw Song Artist Songwriter(s) Place
1 "Hooked On You" Infinity Birgitte Moe, Rune Minde Out
2 "Vil du ha svar?" Jenny Jensen Mats Larsson, Åsa Karlsstrøm Out
3 "Maybe" Trine Rein featuring Andreas Ljones Niclas Molinder, Joachim Persson, Pelle Ankarberg Out
4 "Chicken Rodeo" Dusty Cowshit Dusty Cowshit Gold Final
5 "Love On The Dancefloor" Torhild Sivertsen & The Funky Family Taiwo Karlsen, Kehinde Karlsen Out
6 "Rocket Ride" Jannicke Abrahamsen Knut-Øyvind Hagen, Thomas G:son, Andreas Rickstrand Gold Final
7 "Wannabe" Crash! Trond "Teeny" Holter Gold Final
8 "Ven a bailar conmigo" Guri Schanke Thomas G:son Gold Final
Gold Final
Song Artist Songwriter(s) Jury Televotes Total Place
"Chicken Rodeo" Dusty Cowshit Dusty Cowshit 14,000 55,062 69,062 4
"Rocket Ride" Jannicke Abrahamsen Knut-Øyvind Hagen, Thomas G:son, Andreas Rickstrand 14,000 64,443 78,443 2
"Wannabe" Crash! Trond "Teeny" Holter 24,000 46,203 70,203 3
"Ven a bailar conmigo" Guri Schanke Thomas G:son 14,000 94,541 108,541 1

Voting[edit]

Song Juries Televoting Regions
Alta Bodø Stokke Total Eastern
Norway
Southern
Norway
Northern
Norway
Central
Norway
Western
Norway
Total
"Chicken Rodeo" 2,000 10,000 2,000 14,000 30,508 11,761 2,923 4,473 5,397 55,062
"Rocket Ride" 6,000 2,000 6,000 14,000 32,902 13,179 3,869 6,604 7,879 64,443
"Wannabe" 10,000 4,000 10,000 24,000 24,684 8,634 2,478 4,489 5,918 46,203
"Ven a bailar conmigo" 4,000 6,000 4,000 14,000 50,867 12,021 6,225 11,829 13,599 94,541

Spokespersons[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

Semi-final 1–20 January 2007
Draw Song Artist Songwriter(s) Place
1 "Love On The Dancefloor" Torhild Sivertsen and The Funky Family Taiwo Karlsen, Kehinde Karlsen Final
2 "Goodbye To Yesterday" Blue Moon Band Kjetil Røsnes, Kirsti Johansen Siste Sjansen
3 "Perfect Sin" Marika Lejon Adam Kalvermark Out
4 "Livets små stjerner" Marianne Solberg Kirsti Carr Out
5 "Are You Ready?" Stian Joneid Kim A. Hagen, Hans Petter Moen Siste Sjansen
6 "Hooked On You" Infinity Birgitte Moe, Rune Minde Final

Semi-final 2[edit]

Semi-final 2–27 January 2007
Draw Song Artist Songwriter(s) Place
1 "Ven a bailar conmigo" Guri Schanke Thomas G:son Final
2 "Better Than This" Hazen Mikael Jensen, Eivind Skådal, Morten Hazen Siste Sjansen
3 "Under stjernene" Malin Schavenius Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud, Kurre Westling, Micke Løvdalen Siste Sjansen
4 "I Wanna Be With You" Andreea Maria Marcus Out
5 "Unbelievable" Amelia Svein Finneide, Ken Ingwersen, Daniel Pandher, Jens Thoresen,
Tommy la Verdi, Halvor Holter
Out
6 "Chicken Rodeo" Dusty Cowshit Dusty Cowshit Final

Semi-final 3[edit]

Semi-final 3–3 February 2007
Draw Song Artist Song writer(s) Place
1 "Rocket Ride" Jannicke Abrahamsen Knut-Øyvind Hagen, Thomas G:son, Andreas Rickstrand Siste Sjansen
2 "Maybe" Trine Rein feat. Andreas Ljones Niclas Molinder, Joachim Persson, Pelle Ankarberg Siste Sjansen
3 "Creator" Monica Hjelle Jan Eggum, Kaja Huuse Out
4 "Wannabe" Crash! Trond "Teeny" Holter Final
5 "Here" Christina Undhjem Eirik Husabø Out
6 "Vil du ha svar?" Jenny Jensen Mats Larsson, Åsa Karlsstrøm Final

Siste Sjansen round[edit]

Siste Sjansen - 8 February 2007
Draw Song Artist Songwriter(s) Place
1 "Goodbye To Yesterday" Blue Moon Band Kjetil Røsnes, Kirsti Johansen Out
2 "Are You Ready?" Stian Joneid Kim A. Hagen, Hans Petter Moen Out
3 "Better Than This" Hazen Mikael Jensen, Eivind Skådal, Morten Hazen Out
4 "Under stjernene" Malin Schavenius Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud, Kurre Westling, Micke Løvdalen Out
5 "Maybe" Trine Rein feat. Andreas Ljones Niclas Molinder, Joachim Persson, Pelle Ankarberg Final
6 "Rocket Ride" Jannicke Abrahamsen Knut-Øyvind Hagen, Thomas G:son, Andreas Rickstrand Final

Past Grand Prix experience[edit]

  • Trine Rein took part in the Melodi Grand Prix 2006 final, where also the two song writers of "Are You Ready", Moen and Hagen, participated as artists. Unlike Trine, they reached the super final where they became the runners up behind Christine Guldbrandsen. Also present in the qualifying rounds the same year were Christina Undhjem and Jannicke Abrahamsen. Jannicke also reached the second chance round, where she failed to qualify for the final.
  • Both Andreea and Marianne Solberg, the latter one as part of the five member group Blissed, took part in Melodi Grand Prix 2005, where both failed to reach the super final.
  • Malin Schavenius finished joint last in Melodi Grand Prix 2004, without any points at all.
  • Trond "Teeny" Holter, composer of Crash!'s "Wannabe", competed two years in a row as a guitarist in the glam rock band Wig Wam. In 2004, their "Crazy Things" finished third in that year's super final. In MGP 2005 they won the national final with a margin of more than 10,000 televotes. Their song "In My Dreams" finished on ninth place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 final after previously having qualified through the semi final the same week.
  • Jan Eggum, the composer of "Creator", took part as an artist in Melodi Grand Prix 1988 with the song "Deilige drøm" (Lovely Dream), where he finished tenth and last. Early rumours said that Mia Gundersen, a three time Melodi Grand Prix participant, would sing his song.
  • Thomas G:son has written or co-written more than 30 national final entries for six different countries; Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Latvia and Romania. Two of them, "Listen To Your Heartbeat" by Friends and "Invincible" by Carola, won the Swedish Melodifestivalen in respectively 2001 and 2006, and both went on to finish fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 and 2006. His most successful MGP entry so far was the drag duo Queentastic's "Absolutely Fabulous", which finished third in MGP 2006.
  • Kirsti Carr, composer of "Livets små stjerner", took part in Melodi Grand Prix 2006 as an artist of the song "Misled", which reached the second chance round, but failed to gain enough televotes to reach the final from there.

This Year's Melodi Grand Prix[edit]

  • A total of 260,249 televotes were counted in the gold final, down with about 4,450 from the MGP gold final of 2006.
  • After a rather unexiting vote announcement sequence, as Guri won with more than 30,000 televotes more than the runner up Jannicke, the 45 year old famous musical artist and Dancing with the Stars participant Guri Schanke, was declared the winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2007. Though the punk-pop/rock group Crash! won the votes of the three juries by a landslide - composed as they all were by three younger and three older than 30 years - they were the least favourites among the televoters. Guri Schanke won four out of the five televoting regions, only missing out on the South of Norway by a couple of thousand votes. Guri received about 38% of the televotes in the gold final, a much higher percentage and total number of votes than Christine Guldbrandsen received the year before.
  • Ven a bailar conmigo, as is the title of Guri's winning entry, is Spanish and means come with me to dance or simply come dance with me. The entry was specifically order by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK who wanted Guri Schanke to dance and sing an uptempo, fiery Latino song - due to Guri's second place in the Norwegian version of the popular TV series Dancing with the Stars - airing on the commercial TV station TV2 - where she learned to dance tango perfectly, amongst other dances. Even the song writer Thomas G:son - Sweden's answer to Ralph Siegel concerning the record of Eurovision Song Contest and national final compositions - was personally contacted and invited by NRK. The leading Eurovision fan site, ESCToday.com, has already crowned Thomas G:son to be the new Eurovision king stealing the privilege from Ireland's triple winner Johnny Logan.[1] Both Guri and Thomas thought NRK had a fantastic idea and decided to jump into it. Since then, NRK has promoted Guri and her song as the one to beat, even being announced a week before the other entrants in her semi final and giving her the last, and thus best, starting position in the big final.
  • NRK video of Guri Schanke's winning performance of her latino entry Ven a bailar conmigo.
  • Before the results of the gold final were announced, last year's winner Christine Guldbrandsen made a spectacular entrance into the stage of Oslo Spektrum, where she was descending from the sky looking like a real angel. She sang two of her own songs, one from her new album that was released commercially five days prior to the final, plus a remixed version of her own Eurovision entry Alvedansen.
  • The after party for participants, hosts, previous MGP and Eurovision artists and other invited guests, was this year held at the new, and Norway's only, Hard Rock Café situated on Oslo's main street, the Karl Johan Street, the location of Norway's royal castle and parliament, plus Oslo's central train station and parts of its university. There, all the super finalists performed their songs once again, as well as Bobbysocks who sang their Eurovision winning entry La det swinge. Guri Schanke promised not to put her heals onto the roof as she said, but rather enjoy her victory in a more relaxed manner with just a glass of champagne or two.

See also[edit]

ESC history[edit]

MGP history[edit]

Sister contests[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official website

Artists' websites