Alexander Rybak has won Melodi Grand Prix 2018 and will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with the song “That’s How You Write a Song”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2018 took place in the Oslo Spektrum this evening. Ten artists battled it out for the chance to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The line-up featured three former Norwegian Eurovision representatives; Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak (2009), Stella Mwangi (2011), and Aleksander Walmann (2017).
Four song qualified for the duel rounds. The qualifiers were decided by a combination of public voting and international juries. The winners of the two duels faced off against each other in the gold duel for the chance to represent Norway.
Performing tonight were (qualifiers in bold):
- Stella & Alexandra – You Got Me
- Aleksander Walmann – Talk to the Hand
- Ida Maria – Scandilove
- NICOLINE – Light Me Up
- Tom Hugo – I Like I Like I Like
- Charla K – Stop the Music
- Alejandro Fuentes – Tengo Otra
- Vidar Villa – Moren din
- Rebecca – Who We Are
- Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write a Song
The results of the duel rounds were as follows (qualifiers in bold):
- Rebecca v Stella and Alexandra
- Aleksander Walmann v Alexander Rybak
The results of the gold duel were:
- Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”
- Rebecca – “Who We Are”
Alexander Rybak will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 10. Last year, Norway was represented by Aleksander Walmann and JOWST with their song “Grab The Moment”.
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.