XTRA Decides returns for the Eurovison 2022 season! In this feature the team here at ESCXTRA rank the national final songs, giving our choice of the winner. We are ranking the songs using the Eurovision style 12-1 scoring system.
In this special we are ranking each round of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2022 national selection. Vilde with the song ‘Titans’ has been chosen by the team to win the third semi-final.
|Vilde – Titans||117||5|
|Oda Gondrosen – Hammer Of Thor||110||3|
|Mari Bølla – Your Loss||90||1|
|Sturla – Skår i hjertet||91||3|
If I wasn’t told what national selection I was watching, I’d honestly guess that “Titans” was part of a Melodifestivalen line-up. I can’t say exactly why, but I think it’s got something to do with how the production of the song is extremely polished, has a clear-cut structure and is sung by a singer who has a dynamic vocal range and a strong ability to belt. I really have to commend Vilde, as upon first listen, it is a strong and empowering ballad with a great message that really draws you in. However, for me, the song itself seems to play it safe, as it does not progress much past the first chorus. Structurally, it also falls a bit flat as the impact from the first chorus is merely repeated, rather than surpassed. Nonetheless, it is still a strong entry and its genre and style willl definitely be widely accessible to a broad range of music listeners.
Tom O (12pts)
After the stellar 2021 Melodi Grand Prix I’ve struggled to connect with this year’s entries so far. I’m hoping this one will be the first to do so. The production is polished and structurally the song is pleasing to listen to. Mentioning the Melodifestivalen vibes of this song is difficult to resist – for better or worse. It plays it safe, giving enough to shine in it’s semi-final and hopefully make it to the grand final. Beyond that there is stronger competition from the pre-qualifiers.
The Melodi Grand Prix 2022 format
All the semi-finals as well as the grand final will be broadcast from the H3 Arena at Fornebu, outside of Oslo. Annika Momrak, Mikkel Niva and Kåre Magnus Bergh will host the shows.
In each semi-final two duels will determine two finalists who will then battle it out in a second round. The winner will progress to the Grand Final. All the other entries later compete in a wildcard round for an additional place in the Grand Final.
- 15 January: Semi-Final 1
- 22 January: Semi-Final 2
- 29 January: Semi-Final 3
- 5 February: Semi-Final 4
- 12 February: Wildcard / Last Chance
- 19 February: Grand Final
Xtra Decides so far…
Previously on Xtra Decides:
- 🇨🇿 We Are Domi – “Lights Off”
- 🇦🇱 Ronela Hajati – “Sekret”
- 🇳🇴 Eline Noelia to win semi-final 1 of MGP 2022
- 🇳🇴 Farida to win semi-final 2 of MGP 2022
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