All set for Parodi Grand Prix Final in Norway

by Tom Espen Hansen 84 views

Former Spanish Eurovision Song Contest representatives for Luxembourg, Baccara, will be one of the contestants in the Norwegian final of Parodi Grand Prix tonight. They are performing Ooh Aah Just a little bit, the British Eurovision entry from 1996. The whole show can be watched live on the internet.

Parodi Grand Prix is a competition where famous artists and amateurs compete for having the best interpretation of a former Eurovision entry. There have been qualification heats in Oslo and Bergen and now all is set for the national final in Grieghallen, Bergen (the same arena that held the international Eurovision final of 1986).

Oslo had it’s own final with 12 contestants in a sold out venue with over 450 people in the audience. 4 of these acts are now performing in Bergen. One of the contestants there was this year's MGP finalist, Jenny Jensen. The jury had both Hanne Krogh (Bobbysocks) and Marc Levengood (Melodifestival-presenter) amongst others, and the voting was very exciting.

The show has been held three years in a row, and this year it will be broadcasted by the Norwegian television channel TV2 Sonen. The show will also be broadcasted live on internet at www.sonen.no. The show starts at 9 pm CET.

Last year, former Eurovision winner Sandra Kim visited Bergen and Parodi Grand Prix to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her international victory from Bergen in 1986. She sang her winning son, J’aime la vie as an interval act. This year, the big attraction will be Baccara, the Spanish disco duo that amongst others sold more than 14 million copies of their single Yes Sir, I can boogie, and has competed twice in the Eurovision Song Contest. First, representing Luxembourg with their song Parlez-vous francais? in 1978, and then competing in the Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen in 2004 with Soy tu Venus.

The winner of Parodi Grand Prix 2006 was Bjørnar og Lappjæntan with their techno-remix of Norway’s 1980-entry Samiid Ædnan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_AuceLqqNk

Second came Ane Skumsvoll with her interpretation of Sweden’s 2004-entry, Det gör ont”/”It hurts. Both can be seen below.

Also participating in this Saturday’s Parodi Grand Prix final, is Geir Lillejord, one of the dragqueens from Queentastic, the second runners up in the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2006. Now he sings alone, as his alter ego “Berit Bislett”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_-K8BdDXio

This is the running order for Saturday’s Final:

1: “Diggiloo Diggiley” (Sweden 1984)
Performed by The Harriette’s

2. “Ja til livet” (Israel 2002)
Performed by Berit Bislett

3. ”Mr. Nobody” (Slovenia 2006)
Performed by Nobody’s Fools

4. “Ein bißchen Frieden” (West Germany 1982)
Performed by Miss Lulu and her lovers

5. “Du och jag mot världen” (Sweden 2005)
Performed by Bjørn & Ronny

6. ”La la la” (Spain 1968)
Performed by Lala

7. ”Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein” (West Germany 1975)
Performed by Gina Aspenes

8. “Zusammen Geh’n” (Austria 1992)
Performed by Espen Hustvedt

9. “I’m never giving up” (United Kingdom 1983)
Performed by Big Mama and The Hotlips

10. “Oi oi oi så glad jeg skal bli” (Norway 1969)
Performed by Henriette Christie Ertsås

11. ”Ooh Aah Just a little bit” (United Kingdom 1996)
Performed by Baccara

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