JOWST will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest, which means that Joakim With Steen and Alexander Walmann will be travelling to Kiev in May.
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.
On stage ten finalists fought to have the oportunity of representing Norway in Kiev in May, and JOWST, with little influence from ten international juries, was first elected four gold finalists.
JOWST was the favorite of four of juries and received with the greatest international support of all the artists. ”That's cool! I am very pleased that Norway also likes us, but we must do well in Europe,” says Joakim With Steen, who is the man behind the name JOWST, for NRK.
Norway seem to be willing to step outside the box and look past the tried and tested, in order to reach out and grab the Eurovision victory they’ve not quite managed to grasp. In a year that has plenty of ballads to offer, they’re different, and it’s not hard to imagine JOWST standing out from the crowd and qualifying for the Grand Final.
With him on stage during Eurovision appearance he has singer Aleksander Walmann, and together they brought pop hit ”Grab The Moment". The duo had already talked about the space that they thought the song would strike internationally, but they are both surprised by the Norwegian support: ”This song is made on behalf of the world, not for Norway - even though it will represent Norway, and we are very happy,” says Joakim. ”Now it's in Kiev, we aim to take Kiev”, add Aleksander too.
Under the acronym JOWST hides Joakim With Steen , Oslo emerging music producer, who has chosen the voice of the former finalist of the first Norwegian edition of ”The Voice”, Aleksander Walmann for participation in the race very known on the Norwegian music. "Grab the Moment" is a passage to the limit between the sounds of the tropical dance more instrumental and international pop, and is sure to capture the attention of the public of the Eurovision.
Jowst will now go on to perform in the second half of the second semi final in Kiev on the 11th of May. Last year Agnete failed to qualify with the song “Icebreaker”, NRK will be hoping to improve on this result.
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