14 year-old Oselie has won MGPjr in Norway with a song inspired by the refugee crisis, beating off competition from 1255 other applicants.
Oselie has won the final of MGPjr 2017 which held last night at the Telenor Arena in Oslo. 15,000 people packed into the Telenor Arena to watch the final of the 16th edition of MGPjr, with 10 talented singers from across Norway taking part in the competition. 14-year-old Oselie won the contest last night performing the song “Verda vår”.
Oselie explained that:
I have grown up with refugees and their culture and cared about it since I was little – so it was natural for me to write a song about themes,
The talented 14 year old is the second singer in a row from the Municipality of Eid in Sogn og Fjordane. Last years winner Vilde og Anna were also from the same region of Norway as Oselie.
MGPjr has been held annually since 2002 having originally been formed as a spin-off of the countries Eurovision selection process Melodi Grand Prix. The 2002 contest was the first edition for children, with the winner going on to compete in the now defunct MGP Nordic competition. The contest was then used as the Norwegian selection process for Junior Eurovision between 2003 and 2005.