Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Norway
National selection
Selection process Melodi Grand Prix 2010
100% Televoting(in the semifinal) jury+televoting in the final.
Selection date(s) Semi-finals
8 January 2010
16 January 2010
23 January 2010
Second Chance
30 January 2010
Final
6 February 2010
Selected entrant Didrik Solli-Tangen
Selected song "My Heart Is Yours"
Finals performance
Final result 20th, 35 points
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Norway will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, after Alexander Rybak won the 2009 Contest with "Fairytale".[1]

Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) will use the Melodi Grand Prix contest to select the 2010 entry that will represent the host country, with rules for the contest being released.

Hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2010[edit]

After winning the 2009 Contest, Norway will now host the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Bærum just outside of Oslo. NRK announced that a total of 150 million kroner (€17,4 million) will be spent to host the contest.[2]

NRK announced that the 2010 Contest would be held in the Oslo metropolitan area, arguing that Oslo was the only city with the required capacity, venues, and infrastructure to hold the show.[3] After selecting two candidates for the show, NRK chose the newly constructed Telenor Arena, situated in the neighbouring municipality Bærum.[4] This arena beat the Oslo Spektrum, the host of the 1996 Contest.[5]

Melodi Grand Prix 2010[edit]

NRK announced the rules for the 2010 Melodi Grand Prix on 6 July 2009. As with last year's contest, the contest was only open to Norwegian nationals, with no more than 50% of the total composition team being non-Norwegian. The submission deadline for the contest was set for the 1 September 2009.

The hosts for the contest were revealed by NRK on 13 November: Per Sundnes returned as host for the third time, and was joined by TV and radio host Marte Stokstad.[6][7]

Rules[edit]

As since 2006 MGP consisted of a total of five live shows. Like 2009, each semi-final had seven songs competing for a place in the final, with another two songs getting a second chance in the Siste Sjansen round.[8]

The selection[edit]

On 8 September 2009, NRK revealed that they had received over 1000 songs; almost double the number submitted to the 2009 Contest.[9][10]

The first information on the contest was released by NRK on 22 October: the broadcaster confirmed that the first semi-final, held on 8 January, would be held in Ørland, in an aircraft hangar. The second semi-final was held on 16 January in Bodø, and the third semi-final was held in Skien on the 23 January. The Siste Sjansen round was held on 30 January in Sarpsborg, and the final was held in the Oslo Spektrum on 6 February.[8][11][12]

Schedule[edit]

Date City Venue Semi-final
8 January Ørland Ørland hovedflystasjon Semi-final 1
16 January Bodø Bodø Spektrum Semi-final 2
23 January Skien Skien Fritidspark Semi-final 3
30 January Sarpsborg Sparta Amfi Second Chance
6 February Oslo Spektrum Final

Entries[edit]

Much speculation arose in October and November, especially by Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, about who would enter MGP 2010: names discussed included Lene Alexandra, who participated in Melodi Grand Prix 2008 with "Sillycone Valley", whose management stated they had submitted a song entitled "Primadonna".[13] Other celebrity names, for both performing and writing songs, included Tomine, daughter of a-ha lead singer and Eurovision Song Contest 1996 co-host Morten Harket, recently reformed British/Norwegian boyband a1, Norway's Eurovision 2008 entry Maria Haukaas Storeng, and Mira Craig, the writer of Storeng's Eurovision song, "Hold On Be Strong", Rolf Løvland, writer of two Eurovision winners for Norway ("La det swinge" for Bobbysocks! in 1985, and "Nocturne" for Secret Garden in 1995), Maria Arredondo, and Alexander Stenerud, who placed third in Melodi Grand Prix 2009.[14][15]

MGP's project leader Leif-Åge Reme welcomed the speculation, but noted that he could neither confirm nor deny the forthcoming news, stating that NRK was in no hurry to reveal the names of the 21 competing acts until all parties were in agreement over the artists' participation.[15]

On 27 November NRK released the song titles and songwriters of the 21 competing songs.[16][17] The first artist confirmed as competing in the contest was confirmed on 2 December on the music program Lydverket: heavy metal band Keep of Kalessin would perform "The Dragontower" during the first semi-final, as was confirmed by guitarist Arnt Grønbech.[18] The remaining artists in the first semi-final, in Ørland, were released on 4 December, which included returning artists Lene Alexandra and Maria Haukaas Storeng, as well as Gaute Ormåsen, Johnny Hide, Bjørn Johan Muri and Elisabeth Carew, as well as confirmation of Keep of Kalessin's semi-final.[19][20][21]

The second semi-final's artists were announced on 11 November: Alexander Stenerud would return to the contest for the third consecutive year, and would be joined by Venke Knutson, the Skanksters, Tomine Harket, Hanne Haugsand, Maria Arredondo (with a song written by two time winning songwriter of Eurovision Rolf Løvland) and Heine Totland.[22][23][24]

On 17 December NRK announced the artists for the third semi-final: songwriter of "Hold On, Be Strong", the Norwegian entry for the 2008 Contest returns, performing her own entry "I'll Take You High". She would be joined in the semi-final in Skien by Fred Endresen, Belinda Braza, Didrik Solli-Tangen, The Diamond, Karoline Garfjell and recently reformed British-Norwegian boy band a1.[25][26][27]

Semi-finals[edit]

Four heats were held, in Ørland, Bodø, Skien and Sarpsborg.

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final was held on 8 January at the Ørland hovedflystasjon in Ørland. NRK announced the competing artists in this semi-final on 4 December 2009.[19][20][21] 30 second clips of the seven songs were released by NRK on 5 January.[28][29]

The first song of the semi-final was "Synk eller svøm" (Sink or swim) by Gaute Ormåsen, the only song in the contest performed in the Norwegian language. The song is a mid-tempo pop song, with Gaute joined on stage by a folk band, including piano, drums, tuba, double bass and washboard. Lene Alexandra followed Ormåsen, returning to the contest after qualifying to the Siste Sjansen round in 2008. "Primadonna", her 2010 contribution, is an electronic pop song, with Lene joined by two female backing singers and two male backing dancers, all in blue and black. Johnny Hide performed next on stage, with the song "Rewind Love", a slow tempo folk pop song. Hide performed the song with an electric guiatar, and was joined on stage by two male backing sigers (one also playing violin), a pianist, drummer and guitarist, with all performers dressed in grey and black. Bjørn Johan Muri was the fourth performer in the first semi-final, and performed "Yes Man", an uptempo electronic pop song. Bjørn was joined on stage by two male backing dancers, dressed in casual red and black clothing and jeans, and two female backing singers in black.[30][31][32]

The fifth song to perform was Elisabeth Carew's "Rocketfuel", a modern pop/dance song. Carew, dressed in purple, is joined by a large cage structure on stage, and is joined by three dancers in black, who climb upon the astructure at times during the performance, and two female backing singers, also in black. Former Melodi Grand Prix winner and Norwegian Eurovision entry in 2008, Maria Haukaas Storeng, returns to the contest as a singer, after hosting the previous year's contest. She returns with the song "Make My Day", a gentle pop ballad, which she performs alone on stage, in grey and gold, with female backing singers situated off-stage. The final act on stage was metal band Keep of Kalessin and the song "The Dragontower". The performance, typical for a metal band, is performed on stage with frequent use of pyrotechnics and flames, with the band dressed in black and leather.[30][31][32]

Maria Haukaas Storeng and Keep of Kalessin qualified to the final of the contest. Gaute Ormåsen and Bjørn Johan Muri qualified to the Siste Sjansen round.[33][34][35] Johnny Hide also qualified to the Siste Sjansen round as one of two wildcard entries, placing fifth in this semi-final.[36][37][38]

After the semi-final songs from the show immediately attracted interest from buyers. On 10 January it was reported that Bjørn Johan Muri's song "Yes Man", which qualified to the Siste Sjansen round, had reached the top of the Norwegian iTunes download chart. Finalists Maria Haukaas Storeng and Keep of Kalessin also placed in the top 20 of the chart, at #8 and #14 respectively.[39] On 13 January Muri placed at #10 in the Norwegian singles chart, VG-lista with "Yes Man". Storeng placed at #17 and keep of Kalessin also placed at #24 in the chart.[40][41] The following week "Yes Man" moved to number 2 on the VG-lista chart, behind Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", while Maria Haukaas Storeng moved to number 14.[42]

Semi-final 1–8 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Results Place
1 Gaute Ormåsen "Synk eller svøm" Gaute Ormåsen (m & l), Laila Samuelsen (m & l), Kim Bergseth (m & l) Siste Sjansen 4th
2 Lene Alexandra "Prima Donna" Jarl Aanestad (m & l), Simon Walker (l), Lene Alexandra (m & l) Out 7th
3 Johnny Hide "Rewind Love" Julian Berntzen (m & l) Wildcard 5th
4 Bjørn Johan Muri "Yes Man" Simone Larsen (m & l), Simen Eriksrud (m & l), Bjørn Johan Muri (m & l) Siste Sjansen 3rd
5 Elisabeth Carew "Rocketfuel" Elisabeth Carew (m & l), Thomas Eriksen (m & l) Out 6th
6 Maria Haukaas Storeng "Make My Day" Merethe La Verdi (m & l), Mats Lie Skåre (m) Final 2nd
7 Keep of Kalessin "The Dragontower" Arnt "Obsidian" Grønbech (m & l), Torbjørn Schei (l), Vegar Larsen (l), Robin Isaksen (l) Final 1st

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final was held on 16 January at the Bodø Spektrum in Bodø. The artists for this semi-final were announced on 11 December 2009.[22][23][24] 30 second clips of the seven songs were released by NRK on 12 January,[43][44] and the songs were played in full for the first time on Norwegian radio NRK P1 on 14 January.[45]

The first act on stage in Bodø was Venke Knutson with her up-tempo Europop song "Jealous Cause I Love You". Dressed as a queen Knutson begins her performance on a throne and is joined by two backing singers/dancers, a female keyboardist and a male cellist and drummer. The Skanksters performed next with "Life Is Here Today", a classic 1960s showtune, with the band members dressed in classic 1960s outfits, black suits and dresses. The third act on stage was Tomine Harkek with "Be Good To Me", a classic gentle ballad. With the stage in dark blue Harket was dressed in black and joined by a pianist, cellist and a violinist, and delivers an emotional performance. Hanne Haugsand was the fourth act to grace the stage of the Bodø Spektrum. Haugsand had previously represented Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 as a member of the group Charmed, and had previously taken part as a solo artist at Melodi Grand Prix 2006. Haugsand's 2010 song, "Don't Stop", is a Eurodance number, starting off calmly before gaining power. Haugsand, dressed in a blue suit, was joined by five backing dancers/singers.[46][47]

Maria Arredondo followed on stage with "The Touch", written by two-time winning Eurovision composer for Norway Rolf Løvland. "The Touch" is another classic ballad, and Arredondo gives a strong performance in light blue and surrounded by fog, joined on stage by a pianist, cellist and three backing singers. Heine Totland followed with "The Best of Me Is You", another nostalgic energetic pop song. Totland was joined by three backing singers/dancers. The final performance from Bodø was Alexander Stenerud, who took part in the Melodi Grand Prix 2008 semi-finals as one part of duo Zuma, as well as coming in third as a solo artist in last year's contest. Stenerud performs a catchy electronic pop song in a style similar to his previous appearances, and was joined on stage by two female dancers, as well as backing singers off stage.[46][47]

Alexander Stenerud and Maria Arredondo qualified to the final, while Venke Knutson and Heine Totland qualified to the Siste Sjansen round.[48][49] The Skanksters also qualified to the Siste Sjansen round as one of the two wildcard entries, achieving fifth place in the semi-final.[36][37][37]

1,154,000 viewers watched the second semi-final on television, a 65% share of viewers, and was the most watched MGP semi-final in its history.[50]

Semi-final 2–16 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Results Place
1 Venke Knutson "Jealous 'Cause I Love You" Laila Samuelsen (m & l), Alexander Kronlund (m & l), Lukas Hilbert (m) Siste Sjansen 3rd
2 Skanksters "Life Is Here Today" Arne Hovda (m & l) Wildcard 5th
3 Tomine Harket "Be Good To Me" Tommy La Verdi (m & l), Peter Ställmark (m & l) Out 6th
4 Hanne Haugsand "Don't Stop" Mariann Thomassen (m & l), Lars Erik Westby (m) Out 7th
5 Maria Arredondo "The Touch" Rolf Løvland (m & l) Final 1st
6 Heine Totland "The Best Of Me Is You" Heine Totland (m & l), Hans Petter Aaserud (m & l), Arne Hovda (m & l) Siste Sjansen 4th
7 Alexander Stenerud "Give It To Me" Alexander Stenerud (m & l) Final 2nd

Semi-final 3[edit]

Didrik Solli-Tangen performing "My Heart is Yours" during the third semi-final in Skien.

The third semi-final was held on 23 January at the Skien Fritidspark in Skien. The artists for this semi-final were announced by NRK on 17 December 2009.[25][26][27] 30 second clips of the seven songs were released by NRK on 18 January,[51][52] with the songs broadcast in full for the first time on NRK P1 on 20 January.[53]

British-Norwegian boyband a1 and Didrik Solli-Tangen qualified directly to the final in the Oslo Spektrum, while Mira Craig and Karoline Garfjell progressed to the Siste Sjansen round.[54][55]

Semi-final 3–23 January 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Results Place
1 Mira Craig "I'll Take You High" Mira Craig (m & l) Siste Sjansen 3rd
2 Fred Endresen "Barracks On The Hill" Fred Endresen (m), Olaf Øwre (l) Out 5th
3 Belinda Braza "Million Dollar Baby" Robin Nordahl (m & l), Frode Andersen (m & l), Gerard James Borg (m & l) Out 7th
4 Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" Hanne Sørvaag (m & l), Fredrik Kempe (m & l) Final 2nd
5 The Diamond "European Girl" Matias Tellez (m & l), Håkon Njøten (m & l), Axel Vindenes (m & l) Out 6th
6 Karoline Garfjell Rundberg "Tokyo Night" Aggie Frost Peterson (m & l) Siste Sjansen 4th
7 A1 "Don't Wanna Lose You Again" Ben Adams (m & l), Mark Read (m & l),
Christian Ingebrigtsen (m & l), David Eriksen (m & l)
Final 1st

Siste Sjansen round[edit]

The Siste Sjansen (Last Chance) round was held on 30 January at Sparta Amfi in Sarpsborg. Eight songs will compete; the six songs that placed third and fourth in each of the three semi-finals, as well as two wildcard entries, selected from the two most voted fifth-placed entries in the three semi-finals.[36][37][37] The eight entries will compete in duels, until two songs are left that will progress to the final. The line-up of the four duels was announced on 26 January.[56]

After the first round of duels Bjørn Johan Muri defeated the Skanksters to meet Gaute Ormåsen, who beat Heine Totland, in the second round. Mira Craig beat Johnny Hide and Venke Knutson beat Karoline Garfjell to meet as well in the second round.[57] In the second round Bjørn Johan Muri won against Gaute Ormåsen and Venke Knutson beat Mira Craig to qualify to the final.[58][59]

Round 1 Round 2 Qualifiers
                   
         
  Skanksters - "Life Is Here Today" Out
 
  Bjørn Johan Muri - "Yes Man" Winner  
  Bjørn Johan Muri - "Yes Man" Winner
 
    Gaute Ormåsen - "Synk eller svøm" Out  
  Gaute Ormåsen - "Synk eller svøm" Winner
 
  Heine Totland - "The Best Of Me Is You" Out  
  Bjørn Johan Muri - "Yes Man"
 
    Venke Knutson - "Jealous Cause I Love You"
 Johnny Hide - "Rewind Love" Out
 
  Mira Craig - "I'll Take You High" Winner  
  Mira Craig - "I'll Take You High" Out
 
    Venke Knutson - "Jealous Cause I Love You" Winner  
  Karoline Garfjell Rundberg - "Tokyo Night" Out
  Venke Knutson - "Jealous Cause I Love You" Winner  

Final[edit]

The final was on 6 February at the Oslo Spektrum. The six direct qualifiers from the semi-finals, plus the two Siste Sjansen qualifiers competed again to win the contest. The draw for the running order was done by Per Sundnes and Marte Stokkstad and was held on 2 February, with the event being broadcast live on NRK2, with A1 starting the final and Keep of Kalessin closeing it.[60][61]

In the final, the eight songs were reduced to four by televoting. The four acts which qualified to the gullfinale were A1, Bjørn Johan Muri, Didrik Solli-Tangen and Keep of Kalessin.[62][63] In the Gold Final the four songs performed again, with televoting and juries in the four semi-final cities selecting the winner. The final winner was Didrik Solli-Tangen with the "My Heart Is Yours".[62][63]

After the final many of the finalist songs charted in the official Norwegian singles chart VG-lista. Super-finalist Bjorn Johan Muri charted at number one with his song, "Yes Man", while winner Didrik Solli-Tangen was seen at number 2 in the chart. Further down the chart runner-up A1 charted at number 4 for their MGP song "Don't Wanna Lose You Again", while Venke Knutson was seen at number 5 with "Jealous Cause I Love You". Furthermore, superfinalist Keep of Kalessin charted at number 17 with "The Dragontower", while Alexander Stenerud charted at number 20 with "Give It To Me".[64][65]

Final - 6 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Results
1 A1 "Don't Wanna Lose You Again" Ben Adams (m & l), Mark Read (m & l), Christian Ingebrigtsen (m & l), David Eriksen (m & l) Gold Final
2 Maria Haukaas Storeng "Make My Day" Merethe La Verdi (m & l), Mats Lie Skåre (m) Out
3 Venke Knutson "Jealous 'Cause I Love You" Laila Samuelsen (m & l), Alexander Kronlund (m & l), Lucas Hilbert (m) Out
4 Bjørn Johan Muri "Yes Man" Simone Larsen (m & l), Simen Eriksrud (m & l), Bjørn Johan Muri (m & l) Gold Final
5 Maria Arredondo "The Touch" Rolf Løvland (m & l) Out
6 Alexander Stenerud "Give It To Me" Alexander Stenerud (m & l) Out
7 Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" Hanne Sørvaag (m & l), Fredrik Kempe (m & l) Gold Final
8 Keep of Kalessin "The Dragontower" Arnt "Obsidian" Grønbech (m & l), Torbjørn Schei (l), Vegar Larsen (l), Robin Isaksen (l) Gold Final
Gold Final
Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Jury Televote Total Place
Bjørn Johan Muri "Yes Man" Simone Larsen (m & l), Simen Eriksrud (m & l), Bjørn Johan Muri (m & l) 16,000 153,174 169,174 4
Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" Hanne Sørvaag (m & l), Fredrik Kempe (m & l) 26,000 440,675 466,675 1
Keep of Kalessin "The Dragontower" Arnt "Obsidian" Grønbech (m & l), Torbjørn Schei (l), Vegar Larsen (l), Robin Isaksen (l) 24,000 217,164 241,164 3
A1 "Don't Wanna Lose You Again" Ben Adams (m & l), Mark Read (m & l), Christian Ingebrigtsen (m & l), David Eriksen (m & l) 14,000 264,882 278,882 2

Voting[edit]

Song Juries Televoting Regions
Ørland Bodø Skien Sarpsborg Total Northern
Norway
Western
Norway
Central
Norway
Southern
Norway
Eastern
Norway
Total
"Yes Man" 6,000 4,000 4,000 2,000 16,000 3,139 10,871 32,488 30,840 75,836 153,174
"My Heart Is Yours" 4,000 8,000 8,000 6,000 26,000 10,027 31,567 67,056 113,998 218,027 440,675
"The Dragontower" 8,000 6,000 2,000 8,000 24,000 4,855 15,492 41,257 46,457 109,103 217,164
"Don't Wanna Lose You Again" 2,000 2,000 6,000 4,000 14,000 6,949 20,576 45,937 57,059 134,361 264,882

At Eurovision[edit]

As the host country, Norway was automatically qualified to the final on 29 May.

Points Awarded by Norway[66][edit]

Points Awarded to Norway (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

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