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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Semi 2: 13 Norway

For the last few years, ever since Alexander Rybak, I have said the same thing about the Norwegian entries: good performers with weak songs. But this year they got it all right.

Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love (Norway 2013)

Margaret Berger became known through an early edition of Norway's Pop Idol and then made a sharp turn towards a more demanding, cold and polished sound. More electronica, less family entertainment, and her eurovision entry takes that direction even further.

Given Norway's usual taste and preferences, I'd classify it as a smaller miracle that a song like this could win. I'm most impressed.

This is the kind of daring and modern effort that almost never wins national finals and that could encounter problems in enthusing the televoters, but in my mind it stands out as close to perfect.

There is just one detail I'd like to tweak a little bit: Margaret should decide whether she wants to be arty and restrained or allow herself to dance along merrily to the track (as she does in the second verse). Either or would work better. But that's a tiny detail.

Yes, I think so. It has sharp edges but should be captivating enough to make top ten in a semi. As far as I'm concerned, this should be a potential winner in a perfect world.

My grade: 4/5


  1. Call me an oldfashioned granpa, but I think that these modern electric shock sounds take this song over, and the actual melody gets buried under them. If a song makes your head ache, it is not a good song.

  2. By the way I'm getting anxious to find out what song gets your full 5/5 points. I think there are one or two songs that you will award this honor to, interesting to see if I am right.

  3. For my ear this somehow resembles the Georgian entry in 2005.
    Great entry for Norway - definitely a top 10 song!

    1. I suppose you mean Georgia 2007. Perhaps there is a remote similarity as you mention it, and I hope you are right concerning its chances. An excellent entry.