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    1. Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 3 - songs and results

      (For the previous two semi-finals, it didn't occure to me that the Danish national selection is also named Melodi Grand Prix, so from now on I'll be adding the country to the title.) Last night...

      (For the previous two semi-finals, it didn't occure to me that the Danish national selection is also named Melodi Grand Prix, so from now on I'll be adding the country to the title.)

      Last night was the third semi-final of the Norwegian national selection (Melodi Grand Prix). This year there are 5 semi-finals, one for each region of the country, plus five songs that automatically qualify for the grand final.

      Last night four songs from Middle Norway competed for a spot in the grand final:

      Alexandry - Pink Jacket

      Kristin Husøy - Pray For Me

      Sie Gubba - Kjære Du (For some reason I can't find a complete recording of the live eprformance on YouTube.)

      Thomas Løseth - Vertigo

      The qualifier was Kristin Husøy with her song Pray For Me, which will face 9 other songs in the grand final on the 15th of February. One of the automatic qualifiers were also presented during the show:

      Akuvi - Som Du Er

      Previous semi-finals:

      Semi-final 1 (Southern Norway) - songs and results

      Semi-final 2 (Eastern Norway) - songs and results

      3 votes
    2. "I Am Australian" - The Seekers

      In honour of Australia Day, here's my favourite Australia-themed song. About 40 years ago, the Australian government ran competitions and surveys to decide what our national anthem should be. It...

      In honour of Australia Day, here's my favourite Australia-themed song.

      About 40 years ago, the Australian government ran competitions and surveys to decide what our national anthem should be. It was a 10-year process, in fits and starts, but in 1984 they finally announced "Advance Australia Fair" as the new anthem to replace "God Save The Queen" (which is now used only as the royal anthem).

      "I Am Australian" hadn't been written back then. It was written in 1987, just prior to our Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. If a similar competition/survey was run now, "I Am Australian" would be one of the top contenders for our new national anthem. It's a very popular song.

      I don't relate to "Advance Australia Fair" at all. But "I Am Australian" makes me emotional every time I hear it. It might not be our official national anthem, but it's my anthem for this country.

      Here's:

      I am, you are, we are Australian.

      2 votes