Ahead of tonight’s MGP final, KEiiNO are the bookies’ favourite to take the Norwegian ticket for Eurovision.
According to the bookmakers, KEiiNO are likely to be representing Norway in the contest for the second time. At the time of writing, the group are considered to have a 46% chance of winning tonight’s Melodi Grand Prix final.
If the bookies are correct, KEiiNO will be returning to Eurovision for the second time after topping the televote in the Tel Aviv contest in 2019 with “Spirit in the Sky.” This year, the group are hoping to make their Eurovision return with the song “MONUMENT”:
You can hear Fred, Alexandra and Tom from KEiiNO speak about their return to MGP on a recent episode of The Euro Trip podcast.
After five weeks of semi-finals, and the second chance round which saw Jorn qualify, twelve finalists will compete in tonight’s show. Six of the finalists, including KEiiNO, were pre-qualified.
The running order is as follows:
- Atle Pettersen – “World on Fire”
- Raylee – “Hero”
- Stavangerkameratene – “Who I Am”
- KIIM – “My Lonely Voice”
- Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – “Let Loose”
- Emmy – “Witch Woods”
- TIX – “Fallen Angel”
- Kaja Rode – “Feel Again”
- Rein Alexander – “Eyes Wide Open”
- IMERIKA – “I Can’t Escape”
- KEiiNO – “Monument”
- Jorn – “Faith Bloody Faith”
After KEiiNO, bookies predict that TIX with “Fallen Angel” has the strongest chance of representing Norway. Tonight, he will be singing in English after performing in Norwegian in the semi-final.
TIX has an 18% chance of securing victory according to bookmakers. Following the top 2, the next most fancied entries come from IMERIKA, Blåsemafian and Raylee. Viewers can expect a different performance of “Hero” by Raylee in tonight’s final.
Many of this year’s MGP entries are already racking up streaming numbers on Spotify. However, TIX is well ahead of the competition on this platform with a place in the Top 10 of the chart. KEiiNO follows at number 35 with Raylee currently at 85.
Following each finalist’s performance, voting will open to the viewing public. Four artists will then qualify for the next round where voting is reset and viewers can again vote for their favourite.
Finally, two songs will qualify to the “Gold Duel” and perform one last time before a final vote will determine who will represent Norway in Rotterdam in May. The live-on-tape back-up performance which will be used should the Norwegian entry be unable to travel to Rotterdam as a result of COVID-19 will be filmed on Monday.
Source: Eurovision World. Image Source: NRK/Julia Marie Naglestad
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.