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Out of all of this year's duets, Norway's appears the strongest and most polished package.
In the final of tonight’s Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian public voted for Mørland & Debrah Scarlett to represent them in Vienna.
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett will perform A Monster Like Me in the first half of semi-final 2.
It was a tense final with an uncomfortably close vote, but don’t let the narrow margins take away from what is a beautifully poised ballad.
The staging matched my early expectations with the clever switching between Mørland & Debrah before the eventual coming together. It’s everything Estonia isn’t. While Estonia focuses on the argument narrative of their song in maintaining an uncomfortable distance between Elina & Stig, Mørland & Debrah tell a story and take viewers on a journey.
It’s not a perfect package though. The waltz bridge feels empty and slightly stagnant, but it does effectively tee up the climax where the circling camerawork channels last year’s masterpiece from the Netherlands. Furthermore, the waltz segment does successfully invite the crowd to cheer. People at home need subtle cues to tell them how good a song is, and hearing the crowd cheering in support will add to the goose-bump moment the climax delivers.
Out of all of this year’s duets, Norway’s appears the strongest and most polished package. Lithuania has to be respected, but Norway has both the song, vocal quality, staging and could deliver a third consecutive top-10.
The biggest bugbear from Saturday’s final was Debrah’s hair and net-curtain dress, which made her appear too austere and didn’t give her the likability factor. I think the old-fashioned wedding dress is the right choice, but they need to work on the hair.
Will Mørland & Deborah’s Monster scare Europe into submission?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest semi-final score: 201 (2009: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale)
Lowest semi-final score: 30 (2011: Stella Mwangi – Haba Haba)
Average semi-final finishing position (since 2008): 7th
Average semi-final score (since 2008): 94 points
Highest score (since 2004): 387 (2009: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale)
Lowest score (since 2004): 3 (2004: Knut Anders Sørum – High)
Average final position: 12th
Average final score: 117 points
Iceland – 5.7
Latvia – 5.3
Sweden – 5.0
Estonia – 5.0
Denmark – 4.6