KEiiNO have released an acoustic version of their song for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest next month, Norway’s KEiiNO have released an acoustic version of their entry “Spirit in the Sky”. The group are currently in Riga, Latvia, as tonight they will attend the pre-party in the capital.
KEiiNO won the right to represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest following their win at Melodi Grand Prix. During the show they achieved 58.8% of the vote against runner-up Adrian Jørgensen.
KEiiNO will be performing 15th, in the second half of the second semi final on Thursday the 16th of May 2019. This will be the first time since 1980 that the Norwegian entry has included Northern Sami lyrics.
Who are KEiiNO?
KEiiNO is a group made up of Sámi rapper and joiker Fred-René Buljo, and Norwegian singers Tom Hugo Hermansen and Alexandra Rotan. The latter are no strangers to Melodi Grand Prix, as they both appeared in the 2018 edition of the contest, with Alexandra finishing in the superfinal alongside Stella Mwangi. The trio created KEiiNO towards the end of 2018, specifically for Melodi Grand Prix.
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.