In Norway there is a song festival marathon going on. Within three semi final live shows with seven participants, the Norwegians are going to choose the three best songs for the big final in Oslo on February 9th. The semi finals take place in quite small Norwegian cities: Steinkjer, Florø and Larvik. The broadcaster NRK has made this selection process to a very modern, top viewed TV event for the entire country. From the introduction to the graphical elements this is a very contemporary show with a high standard of technology. Unfortunately, there are all new singers, no big names or former Norwegian entrants. This also causes high nervousness of the singers and lots of wrong notes. The quality of the compositions is not as high as the show itself approaches.
Interesting to know is that Emil Solli-Tangen is the younger brother of Didrik Solli-Tangen, who represented Norway in 2010 with “My heart is yours”, who came 20th and the song “I’m with you” sung by Annsofi has been composed by ESC winner Alexander Rybak himself.
These are the entries which have qualified for the Norwegian final already: