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Norway: Elin & The Woods Discuss Melodi Grand Prix 2017 Participation

This Saturday ten artists will take to the stage in Norway as the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2017 takes place at the Oslo Spektrum. One of the ten hopefuls are Elin & The Woods.

Elin & The Woods will be taking to the stage ninth on Saturday night, hoping that they will be heading to Kyiv this May. Their song “First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)” is performed in both English and Sapmi, the song has been produced by Robin Lynch and Elin Kåven. Robin Lynch produced Norway’s Eurovision 2013 entry “I Feed You My Love”, while Elin who is also the lead singer won Sapmi Grand Prix in 2008. The song is described as electro joik, combining the tradition sounds of the Sapmi and modern electro. Find out more about Elin & The Woods below:

The running order is as follows:

  1. Ulrikke – Places
  2. Jenny Augusta – I Go Where You Go
  3. Rune Rudberg Band – Run Run Away
  4. JOWST – Grab The Moment
  5. Kristian Valen – You & I
  6. In Fusion – Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over
  7. Amina Sewali – Mesterverk
  8. Ammunition – Wrecking Crew
  9. Elin & The Woods – First Step In Faith/Oadjebasvuhtii
  10. Ella – Mamma Boy

Mr Karlsen has made it clear that Norway wants to win the Eurovision Song Contest again having last won in 2009. Norway failed to make the final of the Eurovision Song Contest last year in Stockholm where they were represented by Agnete with the song “Icebreaker”. Furthermore, the contest has strong backing from the broadcasting chief at the Norwegian national broadcaster.

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Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and have won the contest on three occasions. The country has the dubious record of finishing last a total of eleven times, of which four songs received nul points. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. In the final he scored 387 points, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from all of the competing countries.
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