Tonight, the second of three semi finals of the Norwegian selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest – MGP 2009 – was held. Seven acts presented one song each and two were chosen by televoting to move forward to the national final on 21st February. The third and fourth placed songs will enter the second chance round.
The following songs made it to the national final:
- Alexander Stenerud – Find my girl
- Tone Damli Aaberge – Butterflies
The following songs will enter the second chance round:
- Janni Santillan – (Like you did) yesterday
- Publiners – Te stein
The following songs are eliminated from the competition:
- Wenche Myhre – Alt har en mening nå
- Tine Wulff – Ride
- Julius Winger – Like an angel
esctoday.com poll results
The esctoday.com poll voters agreed very much with the results tonight. The top two in the poll Tone and Alexander with 41.3% and 16.5% respectively were also the top three in the televoting. The Publiners reached the last chance round having finished fourth in the poll with 10.1%. However, Wenche Myhre, who finisehd third in the poll with 12.8% was eliminated from the competition.
Maria Haukaas Storeng easily won the 2008 Melodi Grand Prix final getting almost 80,000 votes more than runner-up Torstein Sødal. With the song Hold on be strong, she finished 5th in the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade giving Norway its best placing since 2003. The song was a #1 hit in Norway and also entered the charts in Sweden and Denmark.