Eurovision winner back home again

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Margaret Berger, who represented Norway in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, was back on stage in Trondheim this week, not far from where she grew up in Hitra. She was excited to face local fans, but also finds fame outside the country.

Margaret Berger placed fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest in May and is now working hard on developing her career in music. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Margaret Berger placed fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest in May and is now working hard on developing her career in music. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

“Eurovision is high on the list of the Swedes, so it was there I was recognized on the streets,” Berger told NRK’s P3 before performing live at the large VG-lista Topp 20 outdoor concert set for Trondheim’s central square on Wednesday. “That was really something!”

Berger’s career has blossomed since she won Norway’s Eurovision preliminary, Melodi Grand Prix, and went on to place fourth in the huge European song contest which was held in Malmö, Sweden in May. She described the weeks since then as busy, but fine.

“It’s been a fine blend of working in the studio, holding concerts, practicing and getting going with a music career,” she told P3.no. “I’ve started the work that will let this moment continue.”

Berger has been on a TV talk show in Germany, been recording in Gothenburg and scheduled for several concerts at summer festivals in Norway including Trænafestavalen on the Helgeland coast and Slottsfjellfestivalen in Tønsberg. She’s also been making various professional contacts in Norway, Sweden and Finland and working on a new album that she says is a combination of songs recorded before Eurovision and five new songs. “It’s a mix of ‘I feed you my love’ (which she sang at Eurovision) and ‘Samantha,’ which was my earlier hit,” Berger said.

“The album is a bit darker than before, but that comes with age,” laughed the now 27-year-old singer. “It’s a bit difficult to describe what inspires me when I write my songs, but a lot comes from human relations, love, nature and science.” Some of the inspiration may come from a romantic relationship with an American football player. Magazine Se og Hør reported that Berger met Dustin Hawke Willingham of Colorado in Trondheim where he’s been quarterback for the team Nidaros Domers. She wouldn’t comment, but told Se og Hør in late May that “you come to a point in a relationship when it’s wrong to say you’re available. I’m not.”

This week she was mostly looking forward to performing again, and claimed she was no more nervous to perform before a hometown crowd in Trondheim than she is otherwise.

“It’s always great to play in Trondheim,” Berger said. “I just hope I’ll be well-received.” Others on the program include Marion Ravn, Miriam Bryant, Envy and DJ Broiler.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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