Melodi Grand Prix: 3rd Semi Final.Let’s get to know the artists!!

Hello dear Eurovision fans. Tomorrow it will be the third half final of the Norwegian national final. We wanted to make a short section about the artists before the 3rd semi-final. Let’s talk a little about the artists.

01)Ole Hatz ‘Vi Er Norge”

Already as a six-year-old, Ole Hartz (24) knew that music was what life was all about, and signed up for everything it was possible to sign up for: piano lessons, drum lessons and and the marching band. All he did was related to music, and all he thought about was music. Still, he had never thought he would ever perform his own song on live TV during MGP.
Ole grew up in Åmot in Modum municipality and has gone from being a favorite among local audiences, to becoming a signed artist with several million streams and an ever-growing fan base in both Norway and Sweden. He is not afraid to experiment with melodies and fun text lines, something he also does in the newly released song “Jeg vil ha ribbe”. For that song, he collaborated with TikTok star Ida Celine.

Lyrics and melody: Rein Mellbye Van Vliet, Eirik Næss, Ole F. Hartz Gravbråten, Magnus Hagen Clausen og Petter Bjørklund Kristiansen

02)Big Daddy Karsten “Smile”

Karsten Dahl Marcussen (32) is from Arendal on the South coast of Norway but lives in Oslo. Big Daddy Karsten found the rap genre at a young age, a genre he finds to have an open, honest and tough way of expressing where he felt he could say a lot in a short time. His first album came with the duo Folkefiender together with the rapper Ego. He was also central as a battle rapper when VG TV (online TV) created Skeez-TV. Big Daddy Karsten has been the headliner at the biggest Pride celebrations in Norway, and has played at festivals such as Skral, Hove and Canal Street.
Karsten was not open about being gay when he first started rapping and there were perhaps some who didn’t imagine that the big, masculine rapper was gay, due to stereotypes. When he came out of the closet in November 2016, it led to a lot of attention and it was pointed out in the public that few rappers around the world dare to be openly gay. At the time of writing, Big Daddy Karsten is Scandinavia’s only openly gay rapper.

Lyrics and melody: Karsten Dahl Marcussen, Are Næsset og Pål Gauslaa Sivertzen

03)Dinaye “Own Yourself”

Dinaye, Dina Matheussen (17) from Asker outside of Oslo started her career as a dancer and started singing when she was only 12 years old. She also has a black belt in karate!
Dinaye is known for dancing inspired by Michael Jackson and in 2014 she impressed with the dance in “Noray’s got Talent” on TV 2, where she made it to the semifinals.
The 17-year-old also compteded in MGPjr in 2016 with the song “Sterk og Rå” where she made it to the gold final. She also participated as a dancer for Amina Sewali at MGP in 2017.
Through Norwegian Idol 2020, she proved her talent for both singing and dancing and received standing ovations for her interpretation of Beyoncé’s song “Run the World (Girls)”.
In 2019, she had a hit on NRK P3 radio with the song “Vi er ett”, where in the music video also got to show her Ethiopian roots.
The young artist is involved in writing her own lyrics, and “Own yourself” is about the choices you make in life, and how you choose to present yourself to others and to yourself. Dinaye is half Ethiopian and in part of the song she sings in Amharic.

Lyrics and melody: Christian Ingebrigtsen, David Thulin og Dina Matheussen

04)Emmy “Witch Woods”

Emmy Kristine Guttulsrud Kristiansen (20) from Sande in Vestfold comes from a musical family. She sang long before she could speak and has among other things been active in the choir «Soul Children». In 2011, Emmy’s older brother participated in MGPjr, which made her dream of doing that herself once. In 2015, the dream came true, and Emmy took the stage in Oslo Spektrum with the song “Aiaiaiai” which has been streamed more than 1.1 million times. 
After MGPjr, she became familiar face to many and gained new fans among the younger part of the population. She got to travel around and do concerts and meet fans. She has also released several singles, including the song “Bjørnar” which has been her biggest hit. 
Emmy is also a songwriter and has written over a hundred songs despite her young age, and she studies visual communications at the University of Southeast Norway. Now she is ready to show more of her musical qualities on the big MGP stage!

Lyrics and melody: Olli Äkräs, Elsa Søllesvik, Morten Franck.

These were four finalist candidates. We think this semi-final is stronger and more difficult than the first and 2.nd semi-finals.

Candidates to compete in the 3rd semifinals

This was the number of names to compete in the semifinals. Let’s look at the direct finalist who will perform in this semi-final.

This week’s pre-qualified artist showcasing:

Kaja Rode “Feel Again”

Kaja Rode is a 22-year-old singer born in Oslo. She participated in Norwegian The Voice in 2017, where she made all the judges turn around at the blind audition. She grew up in Ulsteinvik in Western Norway and attended music specialization at the Volda High School. Despite her young age, Kaja has performed on many stages and has extensive experience performing at various events. She is inspired by artists such as Sam Smith, John Legend and Sia, and is also inspired by many Norwegian artists.
Kaja studies Retail Management and works with songwriting. She is excited to be pre-qualified at MGP, in a collaboration with songwriters who came to be through NRK and MGP. This has resulted in a song that really shows us who the artist Kaja Rode is.

Melody: Magnus Martinsen, Mirjam Johanne Omdal, Andreas Gjone og Erika Dahlen

In our opinion, Emmy will have its name written in the final with the song “Witch Woods” from this semi-final.

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