In the early morning hours of this very important Saturday for every Eurovision fan out there, two Norwegian news papers gave their opinions on the tops and flops of tonight's national final Melodi Grand Prix 2003. They have somewhat different favourites, except for one artist; Linda Kvam's You've got a hold on me, described as “rock inspired ballad” and “rough, melodious pop”.
However, Linda Kvam is not the only artist which the two news papers agree on. Bettan, Kikki and Lotta's Din hånd i min hånd is described as “hopelessly oldfashioned” and “the biggest disappointment (…) among the worst they've ever done”.
The tabloid news paper Dagbladet reports to have used the entire dice scale from six till one to best describe this year's Norwegian final entries. The best mark is given to Alfie and his “marvellous tune” One, while Linda Kvam is said to be the most outstanding of the female artists. Norway's most popular broadsheet news paper, Aftenposten, believes the battle for a ticket to Riga will unfold between three artists. Besides Linda Kvam, those are Soda, with Fool in love, and Ingvild Pedersen, with Anyway you want it. Claimed to be their “favourites” and described as respectively “this could very well be the winner – a well composed pop tune with international appeal” and “Swedish tune with energy, soul and a nice chorus easy to remember – could definately become the favourite of the audience”.
Melodi Grand Prix 2003 will begin at 19:55 CET and go on untill 21:05 CET. At 21:30 CET the super final will commence, where the four most popular songs from the regional televoting will be performed once more. The Norwegian competitor in Riga will be announced shortly before 22:15 CET.