The Norwegian wolves have finished their number in the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).
The cheers were great as they advanced to the grand final next Saturday, along with nine other entries. Norway was the sixth country to be called up in random order.
Press contact in NRK, Camilla Sand, says that the wolves are super happy with the semifinal.
– We have super happy wolves who say that this was wolftastic! It was fun to stand on stage and feel that the whole hall was singing, and the cheers after we were done were palpable, says Sand.
– The wolves are not so used to water and they think it was a bit scary to be on stage during the rehearsals but they have fortunately found out that water is not dangerous, and DJ Astronaut thinks “yum yum” dancer two were extra good at jumping Today.
Norwegian-Greek Amanda Tenfjord also advanced to the final as a representative of Greece.
Did not quite hit
The other eight countries that advanced were Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands.
The betting companies thus did not quite make it to this semi-final. For example, they had placed Iceland and Switzerland as two of the countries that did not go further.
– Iceland and Switzerland delivered very well on stage. The biggest shock was probably that Albania smoked out, as they had a 65% qualification chance, says president of the MGP club, Morten Thomassen, to TV 2.
Responded to the sound
– It looked and sounded exactly the same as during the other rehearsals. They are professionals, says Aftenposten’s cultural journalist Robert Gjestad to TV 2 about the performance.
Although he thinks Subwoolfer completed in a decent way, he is more impressed with another Norwegian in the semifinals: namely Amanda Tenfjord who represents Greece.
– She really impressed! It’s a much harder song to sing.
Nevertheless, it is not just positive news from this semi-final, we must believe Morten Thomassen, president of the Norwegian MGP club. He responds to the sound quality during the semifinals.
– It was a bit hollowed out on a number of songs, including Subwoolfer. Sin. The sound has been so good before, he says to TV 2.
Hidden under the mask
The identities of the two vocalists have not been confirmed, but there are many indications that it is boy band vocalist Ben Adams and Gaute Ormåsen who are lurking behind the masks.
Just before the semifinals, DJ Astronaut, the third person in Subwoolfer, took off his mask when he met the press. There was no one worse than Andreas “TIX” Haukeland.
Whether he is the astronaut during all the performances and rehearsals is not certain at all.
The first semifinal has contained a bit of everything. Latvian Citi Zēni performed the song “Eat Your Salad”. Where they should actually sing:
Instead of meat I eat veggies and pussy.
The word “pussy” is considered too rude for Eurovision viewers, so this is censored on live broadcasts. That is, instead of saying “pussy”, the vocalist says nothing, but pulls himself over his mouth.
In the same semifinal was also Albania’s participant Ronela Hajati. There were questions about whether she would also be censored, since her show has been criticized for being too sexualized for a family program.
According to TV 2’s experience, nothing had changed from the jury trials. She and the dancers danced close to each other and pulled their abdomen towards each other.