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Two acts qualify for Norwegian final

by Richard West-Soley 33 views

Two more acts have qualified for places in the Norwegian final in the second semifinal, held in Bodø. In a show overshadowed by technical problems with its internet webcast, Queentastic and Hans-Petter Moen & Kim Arne Hagen won places in the final of Meldoi Grand Prix on the 4th of February.

The two winning acts, proceeding directly to the Norwegian final are:

  • Queentastic – Absolutely fabulous
  • Hans-Petter Moen and Kim Arne Hagen – I hear music
  • The two acts to be given a second opportunity to try for the final are:

  • Ovi Martin – The better side of me
  • Jannicke Abrahamsen – I wanna be
  • Hanne Haugsand and Marit Strømøy ended the evening unplaced.

    Queentastic's victory was largely expected after a week of good publicity and media attention. Hagen and Moen make it to the Norwegian final for a second time, having appeared as part of Cheezy Keys in the 2005 Melodi Grand Prix.

    Following a highly successful webcast of the first event in Alta on 13th January, fans outside Norway were anticipating another evening of national selection entertainment. They were, however, left disappointed as problems with the web feed prevented visitors to NRK's website from watching the show. Despite a reassurance from the TV company that technicians were working on the problem, the feed never went live. Disgruntled fans may be heartened to know that the recording should be available to watch on the NRK Nett-TV service soon. The Alta semifinal is already available for viewing online.

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    Richard West-Soley

    Senior Editor

    Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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