Stella Mwangi victorious in Norway

Stella Mwangi victorious in Norway
Stella Mwangi celebrating her victory. Photo: NRK
Oslo, Norway -

After three semi-finals, a second chance round and a huge party in Oslo Spektrum tonight, Stella Mwangi with Haba Haba has won the right to represent Norway in Düsseldorf. Eurovision.tv were in Oslo to give you the low down on this exciting event. See our interview with the winner here!

Tonight the final of the Norwegian, Melodi Grand Prix took place at the Oslo Spektrum arena, where Stella Mwangi with Haba Haba took the trophy with a landslide number of votes and will represent Norway in the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf on the 10th of May.

Tonight's show was a spectacular party of colours, rhythm and included some very well known faces. Last year's host broadcaster of Europe's favourite TV show once again showed off their talent to make impressive television.

Video and Photo

Copyright: Jan Demulder & Wim Dehandschutter (EBU).

WINNER INTERVIEW WITH STELLA MWANGI

PREVIEW OF HABA HABA

IMAGE GALLERY

Opening Sequence

The show opening was quite unusual. It included a film with presenter Per Sundnes trying to catch Alexander Rybak and remove him from the arena, accusing him of being "so 2009". Through this many well known faces appeared including last year's Norwegian entrant, Didrik Solli-Tangen, 2008 entrant Maria Haukaas Mittet (née Storeng) and a whole host of other famous faces. All this to the tune of last year's winner, Satellite. Some red wine also made an appearance on Maria Haukaas Mittet's dress!

We then entered the arena where Satellite was sung by Guri Schanke (2007 Norwegian entrant), Nadia Hasnaoui (2010 Eurovision Song Contest host), Tor Endresen (1997 Norwegian entrant), Åge Sten Nielsen (lead singer of Wigwam who represented Norway in 2005), Bjørn Johan Muri (2010 Melodi Grand Prix finalist), Benedicte Adrian (member of Dollie De Luxe who represented Norway in 1984) and Maria Haukaas Mittet (2008 Norwegian entrant).

Performances

This year's final of eight songs was varied, with different styles of music, performances, colours, each creating its own atmosphere in the arena. Below is a small description of each performance:

1: VARDLOKK

Artist: Helene Bøksle
Music/Lyrics: Helene Bøksle, Sindre Hotvedt, Knut Avenstroup Haugen, Cecilie Larsen

The stage for Helene's performance was dressed simply. Helene wore a beautiful white dress whilst another performer, also dressed in white, played a traditional Norwegian instrument called the langeleik. The background colours of the stage were shades of green and blue creating a very visual and almost dreamy atmosphere.

Helene's performance was flawless, her beautiful voice piercing through the arena. Towards the end of the performance, the song built up and four drummers appeared during the "bridge", giving the song an incredibly powerful finish. A green laser also appeared towards the end, helping to accentuate the song.

Ahead of the show, Eurovision.tv spoke to Helene Bøksle, where she said, "the song is inspired by thousands of years of Norwegian history and tells us that it doesn't matter what language you sing in, as long as you sing from your heart".

2: ALT DU VIL HA

Artist: Sie Gubba
Music/Lyrics: Magne Almås, Petter Øien

Sie Gubba took to the stage wearing dark colours and equipped with a drum kit, piano, guitars and a violin. This very Norwegian band from Sør-Trøndelag were prepared to wow the audience with a folk-inspired number sung in their local dialect.

The band has enjoyed a massive hit with Alt Du Vil Ha and the audience enjoyed the performance. The stage colours matched the tempo of the song, with purple, red and orange colours appearing in the background. Their vocals were very good and their performance was enthusiastic, going down well in the hall.

3: DEPEND ON ME

Artist: Babel Fish
Music/Lyrics: Halvor Holter, Tarjei Van Ravens

This band of family men, who spent their introduction video talking about their children came onto the stage where their instruments (including a harpsichord!) were awaiting them. The colours of the stage were light shades of blue that turned into flashing lights towards the end of the performance.

Babel Fish's performance was very special with a camera very cleverly panning through a model of a house at the beginning of the song. This almost emphasised the family element of this entry. The end of the performance was very powerful, receiving a good reaction from the public.

4: FIRE BELOW

Artist: The Lucky Bullets
Music/Lyrics: Knud Kleppe

One of the more unique entries tonight, The Lucky Bullets pride themselves on fighting against heavy metal and preserving a style of music that was popular in the 1950s and 60s, namely rock and roll! The performance begins with a black and white screen and from the word go the performance was energetic with a lot of dance and running around.

In terms of the stage, red and yellow was the order of the day to underline the firey-ness of this song. The leader seemed to spend most of his time running around the stage, jumping onto the floor and running around near the audience. A unique yet very atmosphere inducing entry that caused waves of applause from the audience.

5: DANCE TONIGHT

Artist: The BlackSheeps
Music/Lyrics: Agnete Johnsen, Emelie Nilsen

This band, made up of some of the youngest performers tonight were not strangers to music competitions having participated in and won Melodi Grand Prix Junior in 2008.

From the outset, this is a band of contrasts and you can see that from their stage performance. They appear with dark dresses, which give a contrast to the blond hair and blue flashing lights in the background. This rock band sang in both Norwegian and English and give a good and lively performance, which went down with the audience.

6: HABA HABA

Artist: Stella Mwangi
Music/Lyrics: Beyond51, Big City, Stella Mwangi

This song was all about smiling, vibrant colours and party and boy did it deliver! Stella is a very outgoing individual who isn't ashamed of wanting to express her African heritage. As soon as Stella in her brilliantly red dress entered the stage, shades of red, orange and yellow appeared in the background.

The performance was very fun, with five backing singers and dancers on stage, doing a well choreographed performance, that many of Stella's fans also have learnt. The chorus was very catchy and the audience were up and dancing through it all.

Before Stella went on stage, Eurovision.tv took the opportunity to have a few words, asking what inspired her what the song is about. Stella said, "the song is about how taking one small step can lead to many bigger steps". She also explained how Norway was the place where she discovered her talents and her want to make music. She also said that when she is in Kenya, she feels Kenyan, and when she is in Norway she feels completely Norwegian.

7: NOT THAT EASY (AH-ÅH AH-ÅH)

Artist: Åste & Rikke
Music/Lyrics: Rikke Normann

Åste and RIkke are a very close team, something you realise when you see how they gel together on stage. In addition to having a deep friendship, they are gifted with incredibly powerful and impressive voices, being able to portray their songs in perfect harmony and evoking applause and cheers from an audience. This is exactly what they achieved in Oslo Spektrum.

Åste was wearing a dark and glittery dress whilst Rikke contrasted in a white dress. Backing singers and dancers sat on black chairs in the background, mimicking the rhythm of the song. The colours of the stage were purple and blue before transforming into greens and blues as the song picked up pace. Their vocals were flawless.

8: YOU'RE LIKE A MELODY

Artist: Hanne Sørvaag
Music/Lyrics: Hanne Sørvaag, Martin Hansen

Hanne was no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, having written the Georgian and Norwegian entries in 2010 and the German entry in 2008. However, tonight she performed a self-penned entry that went down a storm in arena.

The performances was very Scandinavian, a formula that has produced results for countries like Sweden and Denmark before. Hanne started her performance in a purple dress, with a glitter-covered guitar and a purple background on the stage. As the song progressed, Hanne's guitar disappeared and she was joined by a group of backing sings, performing perfectly synchronised dance moves across the stage. Green colours also help the song to a good finished with good vocals from Hanne.

Ahead of Hanne's performance, Eurovision.tv had a quick word with her where amongst others her previous entries were discussed. When asked about the songs she told us that she wrote it a while ago "to describe the feelings of falling in love".

Super-Finale

The final of Melodi Grand Prix involved four of the eight songs being voted on to a "Gold-Final" where they performed again and from here the juries and public voted for the final winner.

The acts that made it to the gold-final are:

  • The BlackSheeps - Dance Tonight
  • Sie Gubba - Alt du vil ha
  • Stella Mwangi - Haba Haba
  • The Lucky Bullets - Fire Below

Interval Act

Whilst the final voting was underway, the audience at home and in the arena were in for a very special treat.

The interval act started in quite a surreal way with Didrik Solli-Tangen standing on the stage wearing what can only be described as a monk's robe, singing something similar to a gregorian chant. After a while Didrik was joined by the Oslo Fagottkor who were wearing similar robes and sang this mesmerising chant alongside him.

After this Didrik removed his robe revealing a rather smart suit. With some help from the choir in the background, the familiar sounds of his 2010 entry for Norway, My Heart Is Yours could be heard. The choir and Didrik sang a very powerful and almost inspiring version of the song... and the choir had a secret in store: they removed their robes to reveal white costumes with similarly coloured scarfs!

This went down a treat in the hall!

Final Result

In the end only one person could win and with votes, this honour befell Stella Mwangi with Haba Haba.

The final voting results are as follows:

  • The BlackSheeps - Dance Tonight - 2nd Place
  • Sie Gubba - Alt du vil ha - 4th Place
  • Stella Mwangi - Haba Haba - 1st place
  • The Lucky Bullets - Fire Below - 3rd Place

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  • Posted on 31 March 2011 at 16:20
    When I was a little girl my grandma told me
    That I could be just anything I wanted to
    When i's a little girl my grandma told me
    That I could be just anything I wanted to
    She said that
    Everything
    Everything I wish for
    Everything
    Everything I work for
    Everything I wish for
    Everything I look for it is right in front of me
    And she said ah..

    Haba haba, hujaza kibaba

    When i's a little girl my grandma told me
    That I could be just anything I wanted to
    When i's a little girl my grandma told me
    That I could be just anything I wanted to
    She said that
    Little by little
    Fills up the measure
    Don't ever give up
    Keep on moving
    Little by little
    Fills up the measure
    Don't ever give up
    Keep on moving
    GO NORWAY <3 <3 <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2011 at 19:49
    Stella Mwangi is the winner of Eurovision 2011 :)) See you all in Norway next year ;)) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2011 at 01:19
  • Posted on 21 March 2011 at 21:45
    Oh nooo!

    Definitely not! What's this?? Haba Haba? Seriously????

    What's that? a comedy?

    0 points from Poland. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2011 at 16:52
    I really hate this song 8-/ it's awful, she can't even sing
    only i can hear is 'haba haba' which is something like 'haba baba' xD

    hmmm.... Stella go home, please

    I wan to shout 'cross my heart-I want to die'

    0 points from Poland report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2011 at 09:58
    This is very catchy song. And good to sing along to. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2011 at 18:52
    norway, a potential winner of the esc 2011, is this good or bad? frankly i dunno.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2011 at 15:40
  • Posted on 19 March 2011 at 12:54
    HABA HABA or WAKA WAKA
    I love it!
    its cheap and chease, but makes me happy every time i hear AND see it ; )

    GO NORWAY! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2011 at 22:54
    Hmm, the first time I heard to it I thought that´s nothing I could ever like! And nooooow....I haven´t chance my opinion, sorry! But good luck anyway! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2011 at 21:51
    Yeahhh, I like it a lot!!!! Something happy, cheerful and Stella is very charming!! I hope it will be top 5!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2011 at 19:07
    first. it's way better than stupid fairytale (lots of ppl hate me right now i know) and it could easily get to top5.
    song sounds light and realaxing. the first thought that came to my mind was about madagascar cartoon. haba haba! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2011 at 23:01
    Sounds more like Africa to me rather than Norway!!

    Good luck report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2011 at 22:29
    I like it! All the best Norway!! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 March 2011 at 16:54
    from Poland

    Stella Mwangi - Haba haba - something like Shakira - Waka Waka , i like too.
    My Top 10 :
    (Poland) Magdalena Tul - Jestem (I know, I know, but the Poland did not have such nice song long ago.)
    (Austria) Nadine Beiler - The Secret is Love
    (Latvia) Musiqq - Angel in Disguise
    (Ukraine) Mika Newton - Angel
    (Azerbaijan) Ell & Nikki - Running Scared
    (Belarus) Anastasiya Vinnikova - I Am Belarusian (Born In Belarusian)
    (Hungary) Kati Wolf - What about my dreams
    (Romania) Hotel Fm - Change
    (United Kingdom) Blue - I Can
    (Norway) Stella Mwangi - Haba haba report to the moderator