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Norway: KEiiNO – Spirit in the Sky

Just like Danish MGP, this year's Norwegian MGP was too bland to bother betting on or even watching. They eventually selected Keiino with the song Spirt in the Sky. When it comes to the Nordics or some of the other mainstream selection shows, the jury score is often highlighted when considering how Eurovision's juries might vote. In KEiiNO's case it required a single top-mark from Israel to save their blushes, with every other international jury preferring other songs in the lineup. This is the sort of red flag gamblers seize upon, yet fans seem to dismiss it as a blip…
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I do concede that Spirit in the Sky is super catchy, yet it won from the pimp slot and received an awful lot of help from the producers.

User Rating: 3.03 ( 25 votes)

Just like Danish MGP, this year’s Norwegian MGP was too bland to bother betting on or even watching. They eventually selected Keiino with the song Spirt in the Sky.

When it comes to the Nordics or some of the other mainstream selection shows, the jury score is often highlighted when considering how Eurovision’s juries might vote. In KEiiNO’s case it required a single top-mark from Israel to save their blushes, with every other international jury preferring other songs in the lineup. This is the sort of red flag gamblers seize upon, yet fans seem to dismiss it as a blip or indulge in some whataboutery.

Prior to the national final KEiiNO were the massive favourites to win owing to their PR campaign and obvious popularity amongst fans and the Norwegian public. Fairly obvious to anyone outside of the fan bubble was a paper-thin song that would be jury kryptonite.  It also has one of the most bizarre middle-eights I can remember, with Fred-René indulging in some cultural joiking and sounding rather like Vic Reeves during his club singer routine. Nevertheless, I do concede that Spirit in the Sky is super catchy, yet it won from the pimp slot and received an awful lot of help from the producers in the form of playback assistance, canned-audience cheering and more than the permitted six persons on stage, as well as flag bearers in the audience. Returning to an earlier argument: if the juries are not swung by that, then it’s fairly obvious that there will be problems in Tel Aviv when the bells and whistles are stripped out.

Norway are among friends in the more western leaning semi-final and if I was deciding the running order, I would let them close the show which may aid their qualification chances. Once in the final, I doubt they would do much damage on the scoreboard. And if Norway aren’t given the semi-final pimp slot, I would worry about which songs follow and potentially divert votes away from them.

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15 comments

  1. So do you believe that Moldova is better than this and Finland?

  2. This is as bad as it gets.Everything about it.The fans love it.The Norway public think they have an ESC top 4.In reality they have a steaming pile of ….What a year.The jury will give this zero.I think the EBU should just cancel ESC and start again next year.Imagine the public are going to tune into to ESC to find the songs we have so far.I cant remember a worse year in the 40 iv followed ESC so far.Lets hope everything to come is much better.

    • I’m now waiting for Portugal to stuff Conan.

    • They at least got 12 points from the Israeli jury in a NF with a lot of jury-friendly songs. Looking at how badly Bilal Hassani and Victor Crone did with their NF juries, I’m not sure that juries will destroy it.

  3. I’m surprised this won in the end as I thought it was a mess live. Staging was awful also. I actually Love it in studio form. Was waiting to see it live before I backed Norway no chance of that happening now. Juries not fans of it which says it all. Wouldn’t surprise me if it didn’t qualify.

  4. It’s so refreshing that we have a Eurovision entry that has turned its back on tacky musical commercialism in order to bring the continent’s attention to an endangered ethnic culture!!! Funny how so many of these ethnic cultures as portrayed at Eurovision seem to share a common musical vocabulary which consists in jolly chanting of ho-ho-hi-hi-oh-oh-hilla-ho in various configurations.

    The staging was a disappointment. I was expecting more from a song about dancing Northern Lights. I don’t know if they will have time to fix this for Tel Aviv, given (I believe) that the deadline for submitting staging plans is looming fast.

    I suspect that juries won’t take to Spirit in the Sky. From what I can gather at Melodi Grand Prix it didn’t do well with the international juries. (I say gather because the voting arrangements were only marginally less convoluted than those used for electing the Doges of Venice).

    The televote is likely to be more sympathetic, particularly if it doesn’t have Jon Henrik Fjallgren as a distraction. So it is possible that in a weak field, Spirit in the Sky could emulate Rasmussen’s peace-loving Vikings. But just as likely it could go the way of Greta Salome in 2016.

  5. Assuming Portugal pick Conan, we have at least something Different tonight.

    This is catchy, and I thought the live vocals were confident. Good for an uptempo number. It is very immediate and may create its own moment if it has a good draw.

    Their vocals create a nice mix. Will they be forgettable amongst 30 odd songs? Im more up on their chances, although top 10 is a reach. It does have a lack of character, even with the ethnic warbling. Theyre a likable trio at least. Lose the leather pants eejit, for sure.

    But it is also a bit disjointed and sorta fanwanky. Although I think excitable hipster choices Hatari and Conan have more problems.

  6. All entries picked tonight (less Moldova bless them) are being overhyped by fans as potential winners. This is the easiest to pick the flaws in. Dated, poorly staged, and incoherent nonsense performed by a mismatch of people. Can make the final the way things are going if they improve it and with nordic help in the semi but will bomb overall.

  7. I like a lot about this but it’s too disjointed. The girl, although with nice voice, has naff dated sounding verses to sing which don’t fit in. Fortunately they are early on.

  8. I was literally saying the exact same thing about the pimp slot, I think this needs the pimp slot to be confident of qualifying, otherwise it really is up against it, I personally think based on the performance it would be a poor enough end to the show and I struggle to see how they improve as I also struggled to see how they could stage it effectively in the first place. Bar a massive improve I’m sort of in the camp of no pimp
    Slot, no final.

  9. I mean, my ass can still see that yesterday’s runner-up (Adrian) and 3rd place (probably D-Sound) would have the best chance to be in the TOP 10 of the Tel Aviv final. Both these two entries struck me as potential winners. I also thought that Ingrid Berg Meehus was severelu underrated.

    Having said all this: This is the problem you have with national finals. There’s too much variation in such a national selection. Add to that the influence of fans and the power of social media, and you get really weird outcomes.

    It’s one of the reasons that a band like The Common Linnets would have struggled in the line-up of Melodi Grand Prix. A song like ‘Calm After The Storm’ or even Belgium’s ‘Rhythm Inside’ would have less than a good chance to qualify to Eurovision from a National Final.

    Hence I think it’s valuable that some countries choose their entries internally. Off course that’s not always the holy grail either. Look at Waylon last year. But at least it results in musical variation in the actual Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU prefers national finals only, but I think the combination of having internal selections and national finals is better for Eurovision.

    Anyway, 24 entries, 17 more to go :-).

  10. Is it me or is the chorus of this just a rehash of Saara’s ‘Monsters’?

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