The second last of our country voting and it is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – unfortunately not too many have voted but we are still happy that some did vote
1 point – Latvia
2 points – Austria
3 points – Malta
4 points – Norway
5 points – United Kingdom
6 points – Russia
7 points – Denmark
8 points – Estonia
10 points – Azerbaijan
12 points – Croatia
The running order of the Second Semi-Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:
4. FYR Macedonia
7. The Netherlands
11. San Marino
The 13rd country to reveal their votes is MALAWI. The program we use to make the voting picture does not have Malawi in their system, so we have to give you their points in the form of text
12 points – San Marino
10 points – Macedonia
8 points – Croatia
7 points – Montenegro
6 points – Ireland
5 points – Finland
4 points – Norway
3 points – Sweden
2 points – Austria
1 point – Russia
Morten Thomassen, president of OGAE Norway attended an Ukrainian event in Oslo tonight. There was a Eurovision-cake. JOWST (the Norwegian artists for 2017) did come by and grabbed the first bites. The cake looks so delicious! Hope they have similar cakes in Kyiv for us.
In Fusion will sing the upbeat Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over in the 2017 Melodi Grand Prix final in Norway on 11 March.
In the first of a series of short interviews with all the girls we speak to Saima –
Hello Saima. You have an exotic name. Can you tell us something about your background in music and when you started singing?
Yes, I do! I actually have two names. Saima Irén. One name from my dad’s side (Pakistani) and one from my mom’s (Norwegian).
My whole life, my mom has been telling me that they gave me the name because they had a feeling I would become either an actress or singer, and Saima was the perfect artist name. “Saima’s hits” was her vision! Cliché, I know, haha. She still claims it’s the truth, so I just have to believe her.
I started singing at a very young age, but it wasn’t until I started elementary school I started to perform, sing, dance and act.
From 2006 – 2013 I was in a girl group, but after we split, I’ve been focusing on songwriting and performing around town. I’ve also been recording some tropical house tracks. This year I’ll be releasing my own music, which is R&B/Urban pop.
I also LOVE big band music, and I am currently the female vocalist in a big band. I find most of my inspiration in old music. I literally think I was born in the wrong decade!
Have you participated in any music festivals or TV competitions in Norway or abroad?
In 2010 I participated in the Norwegian X-Factor with my old girl group. We were one of the 12 finalists and ended up in 9th place. This was an amazing experience I’ll never forget. I got to meet so many talented people I still keep in touch with today. It was also my first real performance on a big stage in front of the whole country on national TV.
In 2012 I was with the same group, in one of the part finals for Melodi Grand Prix. We didn’t get through to the next round, but my God, this was probably one of the best moments in my life. And again, AMAZING people and an experience of a lifetime. I’m so happy I got to be a part of this, and now I’m lucky enough to be in the freakin’ final!! I just can’t believe it. And even though the song is different from what I normally do, I couldn’t be more excited!
If you could cover any song, what would it be?
This was a tough one. There are so many songs I would like to cover. Right now I have ‘Versace On The Floor’ by Bruno Mars on my mind. I’ve been singing it since the day he dropped his album. Old school! I dig it! But I’ve also fallen in love with Rihanna’s ‘Love On The Brain’.
Which artist (dead or alive) would be a dream duet for you?
I don’t even have to think about this. HANDS DOWN…MICHAEL JACKSON!! My hero, my inspiration, my everything. His initials are tattooed on my body for a reason. I’ve always had a dream singing ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ with him.
Thank you very much, Saima. Lots of luck with the In Fusion girls in the MGP final.
In Fusion will take to the stage on 11 March in the 2017 Melodi Grand Prix in Norway with the song Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over. It is composed by Gustav Eurén, Danne Attlerud, Niklas Arn, Karl Eurén and Cissi Kallin.
The band are Nina Grødahl , Saima Irén Mian and Miriam Labreche. In Fusion were formed especially for the MGP national selection. All the girl are good singers and performers with different musical backgrounds.
There will be a music video for Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over which Nina is currently working with. Her background involved visual art studies so she has some good ideas with this. Look out for the video in the near future.
Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over is released on most digital platforms such as Spotify and Tidal and others.
Nina, Saima and Miriam have been talking to ESC Covers and you can see their interviews during this week.
ESC Covers and Eurovision South Africa asked 3 questions to the 3 girls who make up the group IN FUSION who will in the Norwegian Eurovision final. Here is the answers from Saima
1 – NORWAY – since you are Norwegian, what is your best highlight from a Norwegian entry?
– The Norwegian entry I remember the most, is from the year 2000.
“Charmed – My heart goes boom”
It’s not because it’s the best song I’ve heard in the contest, but it reminds me of my childhood. Something I really cherish! I was 10 at the time, and me and two of my friends used to record ourselves singing and dancing to this song.
2 – SWEDEN – since your composers are Swedish, what is your best highlight from a Swedish entry?
– Hmm…this one is tricky! Loreen’s performance with “Euphoria” from 2012 was amazing. But if we go back to the 70’s and 80’s and early 90’s, we have ABBA and Carola! I obviously don’t remember this, but I consider them highlights. Waterloo, Främling, Fångad av en stormvind! Songs people still know and sing.
3 – EUROVISION – now the same question of a Eurovision entry from any country but Sweden or Norway
– Conchita Wurst will always be memorable. A reminder that if you set your mind to it, you can do anything.
And who doesn’t remember the Russian babushkas?
And of course we have Céline Dion from 1988. Nobody knew who she was, and look at her now. One of the greatest singers we have!
Thank you so much for this – we agree 90% with you.
1993 – ALLE MINE TANKER – SILJE VIGE = 1 CD full
1994 – DUETT – ELISABETH ANDREASSON & JAN WERNER DANIELSEN = 1 CD
1995 – NOCTURNE – SECRET GARDEN = 1 CD
1996 – I EVIGHET – ELISABETH ANDREASSEN = 1 CD
1997 – SAN FRANSISCO – TOR ENDRESEN = 1 CD
1998 – ALL I EVER WANTED (WAS YOU) – LARS FREDRIKSEN = 1 CD
1999 – LIVING MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU – VAN EIJK = 1 CD
2000 – MY HEART GOES BOOM – CHARMED = 1 CD
2001 – ON MY OWN – HALDOR LAEGREID = 2 CD’S
2002 – no participation
2003 – I’M NOT AFRAID TO MOVE ON – JOSTEIN HASSELGARD = 1 CD
2004 – HIGH – KNUT ANDERS SORUM = 1 CD
2005 – IN MY DREAMS – WIG WAM = 1 CD
2006 – ALVENDANSEN – CHRISTINE GULDBRANDSEN = 1 CD
2007 – VEN A BAILAR CONMIGO – GURI SCHANKE = 1 CD
2008 – HOLD ON BE STRONG – MARIA = 1 CD
2009 – FAIRYTALE – ALEXANDER RYBAK = 2 CD’S
2010 – MY HEART IS YOURS – DIDRIK SOLLI-TANGEN = 1 CD
2011 – HABA HABA – STELLA MWANGI = 1 CD
2012 – STAY – TOOJI = 1 CD
2013 – I FEED YOU MY LOVE – MARGARET BERGER = 1 CD
2014 – SILENT STORM – CARL ESPEN = 1 CD
2015 – A MONSTER LIKE ME – MORLAND & DEBRAH SCARLETT = 1 CD
2016 – ICEBREAKER – AGNETE = 1 CD