Eurovision 2019 – Norway

by Christopher Smith

The Norwegian song is called ‘Spirit In The Sky and is performed by Keiino.

ARTIST

KEiiNO are a Norwegian-Sámi lovechild born in late Summer 2018. With a goal of creating arctic pop-bangers they combine sami joik, nordic folk and camp pop in a synth heavy sound. Their debut-single “Spirit In The Sky” will represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest.

Inspired by struggles for equal rights regardless of ethnicity, gender identity and sexuality, singer/ songwriter Tom Hugo composed an outline of a song. Given their long struggle in pursuit of equal rights, including a Sami songwriter in this emerging project made eminent sense. Sami rapper/ joiker Fred Buljo jumped at the opportunity. singer Alexandra Rotan came aboard soon after, making the collaboration complete.

On a night filled with Northern Lights, lyricist Alexander Olsson were inspired by the Sami belief that nature gives you strength in times of trouble. Finnish hit-producer Henrik Tala and German producer R. Schramm joined the team, and Spirit in the Sky was born. KEiiNO won the televised pre-selection in Norway by a landslide and the song skyrocketed to the top of the Norwegian charts.

Keiino won the selection to represent Norway at the Melodi Grand Prix held on 2nd March.

VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE

OPINIONS

Steve

These guys remind me of Aqua. I have to say this is the one I have listened to the most and can’t wait to see it being performed live. People will either love or hate the Sami sections. I. LOVE. IT.

Chris

I love the opening to this song, it’s very magical and dark in places before exploding into top class Euro electro pop with a wicked beat. The drama and great ballet in the middle eight is not to be missed!

PREDICTIONS

Steve

This HAS to qualify as the final would be a poorer place without it. I can see it picking up a consistent amount of points in the final and could defo finish on the right hand side of the leader board!

Chris

This should do well! At least bottom half of the top ten at the end of the night…

LYRICS

“Can’t you stay, stay with me into the night?
Stay, I need you close
You can go back when the sun rise again
Just stay tonight, just stay

Have you seen my spirit, lost in the night?
The violent nightshade, they took away my light
They call us nothing, my name is nothing
Come see me, please see me

‘Cause I’ve been running with the demons now
They all see my fear
They say there’s nothing, nothing here

I see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He lå e loi la)
I hear you calling me at night
Whenever wind is blowing
(He-lo e loi-la)
I can see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)

I’ll follow you until the daylight
Shy us away

I need a hero, I need my light
Her shining lightwaves will break away the night
I call it freedom, our name is freedom
Come find me, please find me

‘Cause I am dancing with the fairies now
They all sing our name
I got my light here, shining here

I hear you calling me at night
Whenever wind is blowing
(He-lo e loi-la)
I can see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)

I hear you calling me at night
Whenever wind is blowing
(He-lo e loi-la)
I can see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)

I see your spirit in the sky
When northern lights are dancing (Lights are dancing)
(He-lo e loi-la)
(Čajet dan čuovgga)”

Don’t forget to check out our other Eurovision coverage.

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