Georgina listens to…..MGP 2013 – semi 1

19 Jan

1st MGP semi is to kick off tonight at 19.55 and over the past couple of days I’ve been listening to the competing entries and here is my review. Note – this is my opinion and I hope it will be respected. Ready? Let’s go!

1. Vidar Busk – Paid My Way

Rockabilly opener. His voice reminds me on Joe Cocker a bit tbh. Nah. Trying to like this, but I can’t. Rockabilly has never been my cup of tea musically. I like the accordeon in it, makes it more interesting, but the chorus is quite monotonous and makes the song even more anoying for me. It does have a chance tonight though, as Norwegians tend to vote for such entries:

My grade: 2/5

Do I want it to qualify? No.

Do I think it will qualify? Perhaps.

2. Carina Dahl – Sleepwalking 

Carina “Guns & Boys” Dahl is back to MGP, this time with a typical American R&b pop ballad. It sounds like something one would hear on the commercial radio anywhere in Europe, like a song by a former alumni from Idol/X Factor. However, there is a major problem there – autotune. This song is HEAVILY autotuned, a bit in the same vein as those viral tween songs from Ark Music Factory. Yes, that heavily. That leads me to the question – is this going to be a major trainwreck vocally live? Unfortunately, I pretty much think so. Even the soft parts are autotuned and I think the live performance would put Carina away from qualifying.

My grade: 2.5/5

Do I want it to qualify? Not really.

Do I think it will qualify? Nope.

3. Tom Hugo – Det er du

The only Norwegian-languaged song in the semi. It’s in “sørlandsdialekt” actually. It reminds me on “Så vindunderlig” from last year. A MOR radio friendly thingy with a big sing-along possibility. Which, I think, will work in Tom’s advantage. It has a chance to qualify to Spektrum. All in all – quite pleasant little song, very charming and honest.

My grade: 3/5

Do I want it to qualify? Perhaps.

Do I think it will qualify? I say carefully yes.

4. Gromth & Emil Solli-Tangen – Alone 

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!!! What was THAT?! – was my first reaction to this one. It’s a symphonic opera metal song, quite majestic and epic to be honest. But also, to be honest, it’s NOT my cup of tea, genre-wise and I think the growler disturbs and quite ruins my impression of the song. Emil’s voice is as powerful as his older brother’s and I think the fact that he’s a Solli-Tangen may benefit their chances. The chances? No idea, really. People are saying it will qualify, me, meanwhile, I’m not entirely sure.

My grade: 3/5

Do I want it to qualify? Without growling yes, with growling – I’m not sure.

Do I think it will qualify? Maybe. The voters in Norway can be very unpredictable.

5. Julie Bergan – Give A Little Something Back

Same type of song as Carina Dahl’s. The highest charted song on iTunes chart since Wednesday and written by Ben “A1” Adams. And comparing to Carina, Julie’s autotune-free in studio version. I predict a major breakthrough for Julie tonight. I like this, it’s modern and sincere, also gives me goosebumps to be honest. Me gusta. A lot. And I can call Julie the sure finalist.

My grade: 4/5

Do I want it to qualify? Yes.

Do I think it will qualify? I say carefully yes.

6. Doc MC & Mimi Blix – Catch Me 

This is not bad. Dance-pop in typical Scandinavian way (despite the DJs being Italian). However, it’s clearly influenced by Euphoria – and copying former years’ winning concept has never been proven the formula for success. And – this song goes into the category of entries that are often underrated by Norwegian public – just to mention some examples: Sichelle in 2011, Lene Alexandra in 2010, Minnie-Oh, Rikke Norrmann, Irresistable and Lise Karlsnes last year. Therefore I highly doubt it’s chances for Spektrum.

My grade: 3/5

Do I want it to qualify? Nah.

Do I think it will qualify? Nope.

7. Datarock – The Underground

Ladies and gentlemen, this is my favourite. This is FABULOUS! A bit of Jamiroquai, a bit indie pop in the verses, a bit “Dirtee Disco” by Dizzee Rascal and the chorus reminds me on “The Best Things In Life Are Free” by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross. I LOVE this, this is groovy, it reflects well on what’s popular in Norway and Datarock themselves are very popular among the audience and the critics. But – will they qualify? I want to say “YES!” straight away, but history proves us, that famous names have been heavily underrated already. But I hope it will qualify. So much. It would be fully deserved.

My grade: 5/5

Do I want it to qualify? YES!

Do I think it will qualify? I freaking hope so!

There you have my opinion. The semi will be webcasted HERE from 19.55 to 21.15 CET.

So – go Datarock!!!!

UPD – Datarock, Vidar and Gromth made it. YAY for Datarock, hmmm for Gromth and Vidar though! 😀

2 Responses to “Georgina listens to…..MGP 2013 – semi 1”

  1. shiner January 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Katy, “Det er du” is not in Nynorsk, it’s in sørlandsdialekt.

    • gdmylius January 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      OK, thanks Runar, will correct it. 🙂

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