NRK’s Stig Karlsen has claimed that finalists Stavangerkameratene have requested to perform their entry “Barndomsgater” in English for the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021.
The group have already released the English version of their entry called “Who I Am” where the English lyrics were written by Peter Daniel Newman and Alexander Pavelich. They said:
“We sing in English because we have real faith that we can win, and that Europe wants “Who I Am”. An English version has been part of the plan when we first joined MGP.”
The group performed the Norwegian version of their entry on heat 2 of the competition last Saturday. However the group only performed their entry as promotion, they are one of the six acts in the contest with an automatic pass to the final.
This marks the second occurrence in the competition where a language change has been considered. TIX, also one of the automatic finalists has not made a decision on which language to perform in for the final. He said:
“I have still not decided whether I will perform the English or the Norwegian version. You will get an answer to this when I am on stage on February 20.”
TIX has previously confirmed that should he win Melodi Grand Prix then the entry will definitely be performed in English at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
Melodi Grand Prix continues on Saturday with Heat 3, featuring Dinaye, Big Daddy Karsten, Ole Hartz and Emmy alongside pre qualified artist Kaja Rode. The remaining schedule of Melodi Grand Prix is as follows:
- Semi-Final Three – January 30
- Semi-Final Four – February 6
- Semi-Final Five – February 13
- Second Chance – February 14
- Final – February 20
The final line-up with four spaces still available consists of:
- Atle Pettersen – World On Fire
- Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – Let Loose
- Kaja Rode – Feel Again
- KEiiNO – Monument
- Raylee – Hero
- Rein Alexander – Eyes Wide Open
- Stavangerkameratene – Barndomsgater
- TIX – Ut av mørket
Source: ESCXtra / Image Source: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK
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.