On May 10, the first semi-finals of Europe’s largest music event, Eurovision, will take place in Turin.
The Norwegian Hope Subwoolfer with the song “Give That Wolf A Banana” is the 16th contribution to a semifinalist on stage.
In the semi-finals, they have to compete against Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal and Norway’s Amanda Tenfjord, who represents Greece.
– Very cool
The Norwegian delegation arrived in Italy on Saturday, and on Sunday, Subwoolfer performed its first review at the Olympia Stadium in Turin.
Keith and Jim, as the two characters are called, have performed the song three times.
– Now we have our wolves on stage, and it was so cool. We haven’t “passed the moon” yet, as we say in wolf language, but we’re likely to get there, Stig Carlsen, head of Norwegian MGP’s MGP, tells TV2.
Organizer EBU has shared several photos of what looks like a great theatrical performance from anonymous Norwegians.
– Going out on a presidential campaign
Norway’s contribution is currently ranked 8th on the betting companies’ lists of who will come out with a win. However, the odds limited Subwoolfer’s chances of winning at just 2 percent.
Ahead of the semi-finals on May 10, Carlsen said they will work hard to convince Europe that Subwoolfer is this year’s winner.
It’s about making as much noise as possible and making sure that the song and the artist emerges in Europe. I’d almost say we’re in a presidential campaign to advertise the product, Carlsen says.
– She will be strong
He believes the interest in Norway’s contribution is “extremely great”.
With masks and hidden identity, there are many who find this exciting and become curious. It’s a catchy song, and it has good humor, says Carlsen, adding:
– I think he’s probably the most famous Eurovision figure for this year.
It is clear that Ukraine’s contribution alone is at the top of the lists of bookmakers, with a winning chance of up to 42 percent.
Carlsen says he wouldn’t be surprised if Ukraine remains this year’s Eurovision winner.
Music isn’t just sound waves, it’s also emotions. It will be difficult to see Ukrainian artists on stage. They probably get a lot of votes because people have a strong feeling for them, and they have a good song, says the MGP chief.
The hip-hop group Kalush is representing the Ukraine Orchestra with the song “Stefania”. Their performance from the national final received over six million views on Youtube.
By comparison, Norway’s contribution is just over 3.7 million.
believe in victory
Carlsen, on the other hand, has great confidence that Norway can escape with a victory, despite the fact that the chances of winning are set at only 2%.
We can only do things better and surprise, while those at the top have pressures of expectations that can be hard to meet. We stand out a lot, the song and the visuals are easy to remember, says the MGP manager.
One factor in particular, Carlsen believes, means Norway’s chances of winning could increase.
– There are many stories this year, while we are releasing a party song for people. We have a fair chance that we’ll end up very happy, maybe even winning.
This year’s Eurovision Final kicks off on Saturday 14 May.
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