Norway: Pre-qualified act Atle Pettersen releases his MGP 2021 entry “World On Fire”
One more entry of the Melodi Grand Prix 2021 pre-qualified finalists has gone public, as Atle Pettersen has released his song for the Norwagian ESC 2021 national final, titled “World On Fire“ .
Atle Pettersen is one of the the six acts that have pre-qualified to the Grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021, the show that will determine the Norwegian hopeful for Eurovision 2021.
Following the previous releases of the entries of the first four prequalified acts, KEiiNO, TIX, Stavangerkameratene and Kaja Rode it was Atle Pettersen’s turn to release her entry for Melod Grand Prix 2021.
Atle Pettersen: “World On Fire”
(Lyrics and melody: Atle Pettersen, Jesper Borgen, Magnus Clausen, Alexander Pavelich, Peter Daniel Newman)
Atle Pettersen (31) is a singer, songwriter and TV host from the city of Skien. He is previously known as a vocalist in the band Above Symmetry and The Scheen. In 2014, The Scheen won the Emergenza Festival, the world’s largest music competition for unsigned bands with as many as 34,000 participants from 150 countries. Atle Pettersen had his breakthrough in Norwegian X-factor in 2010, and the same year released his debut single “Light on” as a solo artist. The song reached a 6th place on the Norwegian pop chart “VG lista”. He released his debut album “Based on a true Story” in 2011, which went straight into a 3rd place on the same pop chart.
Atle is no stranger to music competitions on TV and has also participated in “Stjernekamp” in 2013 and “The Hit” in 2014. He won Norwegian “Dancing with the stars” in 2011. For the past four years he has been the host of “Beat for Beat” on NRK.
In recent years he has released music mostly in Norwegian and has also written songs for other artists, including “Darkside” for Alan Walker. He released a Christmas album in 2020.
Ahead of Saturday’s fourth semi final, the four acts that will compete in the 4th heat of Melodi Grand Prix 2021 were unveiled earlier in the week:
1. Royane – “Circus”
2. Marianne Pentha & Mikkel Gaup – “Pages”
3. Landeveiens Helter – “Alt det der”
4. KIIM – “My Lonely Voice”
MGP 2021 dates
The Norwegian national selection commenced on January 16 with the first semi final show and continues this Saturday with the 3rd semi final show and will conclude on February 20 with the Grand final.
This is the Melodi Grand Prix schedule:
Semi-final 1 – January 16 Semi-final 2 – January 23 Semi-final 3 – January 30
Semi-final 4 – February 6
Semi-final 5 – February 13
Second Chance Round – February 14
Grand final – February 20