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National finals revisited: From BESS to Eline Noelia [Part 3]

Constantinos Christou:
Eline Noelia – Ecstasy (Norway)

There were many songs I adored from this national final season, however, there was something about Ecstasy that kept me coming back for more (pardon the pun). There’s nothing particularly revolutionary about the song; it sounds like a few synth-led pop songs that MGP have given us previously, but with a few quirks that elevate it into the national final song that has taken up the most real estate in my brain (and my Spotify).

Firstly, the bizarre synth wheeze/deflation sound/airplane taking off sound that follows the first pre-chorus. Ironically, it sounds an awful lot like the sound I made when she lost her second duel. It’s such a strange and jarring choice, and yet I appreciate that it’s there. Secondly, the sheer pitch that she sings at: Eline starts the song at an 11 and stays there for almost 3 minutes.

The studio version is where its at, but the live performance was polished and certainly worthy of a slot in the MGP final, which was not particularly strong. Regardless, I streamed the song on a loop before the heat and I continued to stream it after in the hope that I could manifest her the wildcard into the final. Alas, NRK were determined to disappoint me this year, and so on Spotify it remains.

That’s it from us when it comes to the third batch of few national final songs we wanted to revisit once more. We will be back next week, when we make a final trip all around Europe, including Spain, Estonia, Slovenia and more… Stay tuned!

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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