Last Saturday, both Norway and Sweden held their national finals to determine who would be representing them in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (Norway’s is titled Melodi Grand Prix, and Sweden’s Melodifestivalen.) The following inviduals were chosen to represent their country, respectively:
Måns Zelmerlöw will be singing the song Heroes, of which he was awarded the top prize in the aforementioned national final for performing. In second place was Jon Henrik Fjällgren with the song Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje) [I am Free], and third was Mariette with Don’t Stop Believing. Also present in the finals was Eurovision regular Eric Saade, who placed third in the competition’s 2011 installment (hosted in Germany). Saade placed fifth in this year’s Melodifestivalen, with the song Sting.
Zelmerlöw, 28, is well-seasoned when it comes to participating in these kind of contests and events. Prior to being selected to represent the country in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, he placed fifth in Idol 2005, a stint for which he is perhaps best known. As well as this, he won the first season of Let’s Dance (which is essentially the Swedish version of Dancing With The Stars,) and in 2007 released an immensely popular song entitled Cara Mia.
He has five albums, including a Christmas record. This is his third attempt to represent Sweden in Eurovision via Melodifestivalen, although his first two were unsuccessful (the first was in 2007, and the second in 2009.) The singer raised something of a serious controversy some time ago, after saying to various media outlets that he believed homosexuality was akin to deviance. These remarks have since been apologized for.
Mørland and Debrah Scarlett will be representing Norway in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with the song A Monster Like Me. The song brought the pair the winning title of the Melodi Grand Prix, with Erlend Bratland and Staysman & Lazz coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Bratland performed the song Thunderstruck, and Staysman & Lazz sang a track entitled En Godt Stekt Pizza (A Well-Cooked Pizza.) In 4th place (the highest place one can rank in the MGP Gold Final) was fellow duo Tor & Bettan, with the song All Over the World.
Kjetil Mørland is a Norweigan singer-songwriter. He is best known for being the frontman of a band called Absent Elk, which was formed in 2008. Their album Caught in the Headlights was quite well-received, and the group went on to open for such well-known acts as The Script and Girls Aloud, as well as The Hoosiers. The band themselves actually toured the United Kingdom back in 2009, playing several sold-out shows as a result of their then-infamous support of the aforementioned popular bands.
Scarlett, actual name Joanna Deborah Bussinger, has not had much musical exposure prior to her upcoming Eurovision participation, aside from a 2013 stint on Norway’s installment of The Voice. She was born in Norway, but was actually raised in Switzerland since the age of five.
After a heated national final in both countries, Måns Zelmerlöw will represent Sweden & Mørland and Debrah Scarlett will represent Norway in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. If they advance to the finals, they will be taking the stage in Vienna, Austria on May 23.
By Rebecca Grace
YouTube (1) – Mørland & Debrah Scarlett: A Monster Like Me
YouTube (2) – Måns Zelmerlöw: Heroes