Atle Pettersen

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Atle Pettersen
Atle Pettersen in Norwegian X Factor (2010)
Atle Pettersen in Norwegian X Factor (2010)
Background information
Born (1989-09-05) 5 September 1989 (age 34)
Skien, Norway
GenresPop, Progressive metal, Rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active2005 – present

Atle Pettersen (born 5 September 1989 in Skien) is a Norwegian singer and songwriter from Skien and lead singer of the band The Scheen.[1]


Pettersen took part, at 14, in the 2003 edition of Melodi Grand Prix Junior with the song "Hekta på brett" that he had written himself.[2] The song was performed with Stine. In 2006, he participated in Kjempesjansen on NRK.[3]

In X Factor[edit]

In autumn 2010 Atle Pettersen participated in the Norwegian version of The X Factor on TV 2[4] Pettersen auditioned with a song written by himself and other members of Above Symmetry called "Traces Inside". Reaching the live shows, Pettersen was mentored by Marion Ravn. Atle Pettersen finished runner-up behind winner Hans Bollandsås.

After X Factor[edit]

On 4 December 2010 he appeared at the TV 2 Artist Gala performing "Lean on Me" with Annsofi Pettersen and Mohamed Abdi Farah and in Spring 2011, he appeared as guest artist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot Pettersen was the lead singer of the progressive metal Above Symmetry together with Robin Ognedal (guitars), Joachim Strøm Ekelund (drums), Nickolas Main Henriksen (keyboards) and Rein Blomquist (bass). They were originally called 'Aspera', but were threatened with legal action by another band with the same name, forcing the change to Above Symmetry in 2010. They were signed to InsideOut Records and released a record called Ripples in April 2011.[5] The band disbanded a year later.[6] Together with Ognedal, Henriksen and Blomquist he formed the hard-rock band The Scheen in 2013, recruiting Tobias Ørnes Andersen on drums.[1]

In autumn 2011, he took part in TV 2's reality show Skal vi danse[7] (Dancing with the Stars franchise), partnering with Marianne Sandaker.[8] winning the competition after beating Kari Traa in the final.[9][10] He also featured in advertisements for the Italian fashion label Police.[11]

Pettersen participated in Melodi Grand Prix 2021 the national final to choose the representative for Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with his song "World on Fire", Pettersen sang in the final but failed to make the final 4.[12][13] He would participate in Melodi Grand Prix again in 2023 with the song "Masterpiece", qualifying for the final and placing third.



  • 2011: Based on a True Story (#3 on Norwegian Albums Chart)[14]

With Above Symmetry[edit]

  • 2011: Ripples



  1. ^ a b "Bio" Archived August 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Listing on management company website. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Horne, Birte Njøsen (August 31, 2006). "Atle Pettersen". Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  3. ^ "Atle (17) klar for Kjempesjansen" Pal Lund Holt, 'Atle (17) klar for Kjempesjansen', Varden, December 11, 2009 (in Norwegian). Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  4. ^ AS, TV 2. "Atle Pettersen". Retrieved 2020-03-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Inside Out" Archived July 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Record company bio, Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Above Symmetry Official". Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  7. ^ "– Her er årets "Skal vi danse"-kjendiser". Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  8. ^ "Her er høstens nye dansestjerner". Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  9. ^ "Sjørøver-Atle stakk av med seieren - kjendis -". Archived from the original on November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "Atle Pettersen vant «Skal vi danse 2011»". Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  11. ^ "Atle Pettersen blir sexy reklamemodell". November 29, 2011. Archived from the original on November 29, 2011. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  12. ^ Kelly, Emma (11 February 2021). "Eurovision 2021: Who is competing in the Song Contest this year?". Metro. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  13. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (6 February 2021). "Tonight: Melodi Grand Prix Semi-final #4 in Norway". esctoday. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  14. ^ " - Discography Atle Pettersen". August 19, 2014. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved 2020-03-26.

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