JOWST grabbed the moment for Norway!

JOWST became the winner in Norway Julia Naglestad / NRK
Oslo, Norway

Moments ago, JOWST won Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Grab The Moment. Ten acts battled it out for the chance to perform at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Norway received a record number of submissions for this year's Melodi Grand Prix. 1035 songs were submitted to broadcaster NRK. Songwriters and composers from all over the world were eligible to send songs this year. The final line-up included composers from Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

The finalists

  • Ulrikke – Places

Ulrikke has competed in several talent shows including Idols, The Voice and Beat for Beat. When she participated in Idols, she was well acquainted with another participant, Tony Alexander Skjevik. They kept in touch and wrote some songs together. In the summer of 2016 Tony got a message from Ulrike saying that she wanted to sign up for the MGP, but lacked a song. After a few hours in the studio Places was created.

  • Jenny Augusta – I Go Where You Go

Jenny Augusta began playing piano since she was eight years old. In her late teens, she started performing classical pieces by Grieg, Mozart and Harald Sæverud to name just a few. She competed in Norway's Got Talent in 2015, where she was praised for her distinctive voice and funny lyrics by the judges.

  • Rune Rudberg Band – Run Run Away

Rune Rudberg had his big break in 1988 and has competed in Melodi Grand Prix five times before. Since then he has had a successful career in Norway in various genres. In recent years he has mainly focussed on country music.

  • JOWST – Grab The Moment

Joakim With Steen is the real name behind JOWST. At fifteen years old he took an interest in punk rock and songwriting. After finishing his education he went on to work as a teacher and later he started Red Line Studio where he has worked as a sound engineer and producer since 2011. Aleksander Walmann joins him on vocals. He participated in The Voice in 2012, where he reached the final.

  • Kristian Valen – You & I

At the age of 16 Kristian began working as a presenter on a local radio channel. In connection with that he started with stand-up comedy and fourteen years later he made his debut as an artist with his first album. 12 years later he makes his debut in Melodi Grand Prix in 2017.

  • In Fusion – Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over

In Fusion is a trio consisting of Miriam, Nina and Saima. Miriam is a former lead singer in a rock band. Nina studied music at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, better known as Paul McCartney's School of Performing Arts. She later produced three music videos under the stage name Nina G. Saima has together with another band, called Irresistible competed in X Factor in 2010 and in 2012 Melodi Grand Prix they competed with the song ”Elevator" featuring Carl Prit.

  • Amina Sewali – Mesterverk

Amina Sewali is a versatile artist with experience as a musician, composer, writer and actress. She released her first single One Digit in 2010 and the year after she recorded her debut album.

  • Ammunition - Wrecking Crew

Åge Sten Nilsen started the band Ammunition in 2013, after having entertained throughout Norway with tributes to Queen and a career as frontman in Wig Wam. Åge competed with the band Wig Wam in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv and reached ninth place in the Grand Final.

  • Elin & The Woods – First Step In Faith / Oadjebasvuhtii

Elin & The Woods consists of the Sami singer Elin Kaven and music producer Robin Lynch. Elin Kaven is from Karasjok where she established in her own genre Arctic Folk Pop which she sings in Sami and Jojk. She has released three critically acclaimed solo albums on her German record label, and has toured in 12 countries over the past 10 years. Robin Lynch is a renowned musician, songwriter and music producer who has written and produced hit songs for artists including Pink, Jessie J and Cher. He was also involved and wrote Margaret Berger's I Feed You My Love in 2013, which finished fourth in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Ella – Mamma Boy

Ella calls herself the girl who never wants to leave the dance floor. After completing a Masters in photography she moved to Sweden for eight years. She worked as a choreographer in Stockholm and since then Ella has been a part of the show group Voi Voi in Norway.

First round

The winner was decided by the viewers and ten international jury groups from the following countries:

  • Armenia Finland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Malta
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Austria

This is the first time since 2013 that Norwegian broadcaster NRK has used juries to decide the outcome. The juries only voted in the first round, in the second round the decision was solely that of the Norwegian televoters. JOWST became the favourite of the International juries with four out of ten votes.

The International Jury votes

And the winner is...

Four acts qualified for a 'golden final', their last opportunity to convince viewers to grant them the Norwegian ticket to Kyiv:

  • JOWST - Grab The Moment
  • Ulrikke – Places
  • Elin & The Woods – First Step In Faith / Oadjebasvuhtii
  • Ammunition - Wrecking Crew

The excitement increased during the second round of voting and the applause went through the roof when JOWST was announced as winner. Show presenter Kåre described the winning moment as a "classic state of shock", as JOWST walked up on stage after hugging his team and fellow contestants. 

The show

During the show, last year's Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest participant Agnete performed her song Icebreaker. By everyone's surprise, three-time Eurovision winner Johnny Logan also came by. He won twice as performer and once as a songwriter for Linda Martin. Logan performed his 1987 winner Hold Me Now.

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