Life hasn’t stopped for Margaret Berger since her sensational fourth place in Malmö. But the singer was finally back on stage in home territory this week, at a special open-air concert in Trondheim.
Margaret, who grew up just down the road in Hitra, was performing at the VG-lista Topp 20 gig on Trondheim’s central square this Wednesday. But she takes the local gig as seriously as any other international engagement, confessing beforehand that “I just hope I’ll be well received“.
The home showing is a far cry from the international career which has blossomed since achieving Eurovision Song Contest success in May. From appearances on German talk shows, to recording new material in Swedish studios, the singer’s diary looks set to remain packed for a long time to come. On the subject of forthcoming new releases, Margaret admits that the album “is a bit darker than before, but that comes with age“. As for the new sound, she describes it as a cross between I Feed You My Love and Samantha, her earlier, pre-contest hit. Having already made the radars of music critics beyond Norway, for example on the pages of the UK’s Guardian newspaper, there is certainly a enthusiastic international listenership ready to lap up new tracks.
For now, though, Trondheim will be pleased to welcome home its local heroine, and the feeling is mutual: as Margaret sums up, “it’s always great to play in Trondheim“.