Bærum, 29 January 2022

We’re here for the report on Norway’s fourth Delfinale, which aired tonight! Let’s jump straight in!

As you know from the last two week, Norway once again opted for a Duel format, where two entries are pitted against each other. Whoever receives the most votes via the app vote wins the duel. There are two head-to-head duels, each providing a winner. These two winning acts then square off against each other in the Gold Duel, which will detemine who advances to the Final.

Because of COVID restrictions, MGP does not have an audience, with fans being able to “clap” via the NRK app and website, which would then be played after the performance in lieu of actual applause. All three hosts were present this time around, as Annika sat out week 2 and Kåre skipped week 3 due to quarantine duty.

Likewise, due to the pandemic, the Duels were drawn in advance of the live show. Scroll below to see which acts performed against each other and who advanced!

Duel 1

Maria Mohn kicked off things with her new age ballad, pitted against Alexandra Joner’s latin pop bonanza. You can witness the performances below:

Maria Mohn – “Fly”

 

Alexandra Joner – “Hasta la vista” 

 

The Winner: Ultimately Maria Mohn was declared the winner.

Duel 2

Kim Wigaard and Sofie Fellvjang squared off in a battle of POWERBALLADEERING, with Kim representing the side of classic eurocamp while Sofie went for straight-forward emotions and power vocals.

Kim Wigaard – “La melodia”

Sofie Fellvjang – “Made of glass”

The winner: After voting closed, it was Sofie who emerged victorious.

Auto Qualifier Showcase: Subwoolfer

As Maria and Sofie prepared for round two, NRK showcased the fourth auto qualifier. Lupine sensation Subwoolfer finally made their on-stage début with their tongue-in-cheek fun party anthem “Give that wolf a banana“.

You can watch Subwoolfers’s performance below:

Gold Duel

After Subwoolfer, it was time for the final showdown: Maria vs Sofie. Who would win the golden ticket to the final on 19 February? Ultimately, while Maria flew high and off the vocal range with her song in an improve performance, Sofie’s fragility and matching vocal power proved too strong for Norway to resist, and she won the heat!

Her victory means that Maria Mohn, Kim Wigaard and Alexandra Joner are relegated to the repechages. On 7 Febuary, four acts will be chosen to compete live during the Second Chance show on 12 February.

Onward to next week, where the four wildcards will get their second chance and we’ll finally witness the final autoqualifier: “Queen bees” by Anna-Lisa Kumoji.

Before the show last night, a Team ESC United panel of experts weighed in on the songs in this delfinale and collectively selected the song we thought should advance. Did we get it right or did we just embarrass ourselves?? Find out here.

Do #YOU agree with the results in Norway? What do #YOU think of Sofie’s and Subwoolfer’s songs? Let us know in the comments, on social media or on our Forum HERE

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