Didrik Solli-Tangen

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Didrik Solli-Tangen
Didrik Solli-Tangen
Didrik Solli-Tangen
Background information
Born (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 33)
OriginPorsgrunn, Norway
GenresOpera, Classical, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsUniversal Norway, Class A Records
Websitedidriksollitangen.com

Didrik Solli-Tangen (born 11 June 1987) is a Norwegian singer who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 on homeland with the song "My Heart Is Yours".[1]

Biography[edit]

Solli-Tangen was born in Porsgrunn. From his early years he was interested in music, and at 15 years old he joined a band, first as the drummer, and later as lead singer, performing in front of classmates and family, and joined the local “high school musical”. By the time he reached upper-secondary school his father had him receive voice coaching from Anders Vagen. Though at the beginning he refused to try singing in an operatic style, considering it old fashioned, he began slowly to accept the idea.

Didrik graduated from the Barratt Due Institute of performing arts in Oslo in 2010, with the highest grade. He's called "the opera singer" by several Norwegian media, but he claims not to accept that label.

Eurovision 2010[edit]

In 2009, Stockholm-based songwriter Hanne Sørvaag and composer Fredrik Kempe wrote for him My Heart Is Yours, for the 2010 national Eurovision selection. On 6 February Didrik won the national final at Oslo Spektrum, earning the right to represent Norway in Eurovision 2010.

Being the host country representative, he qualified directly to the final, in which he performed in third position. At the end of the voting, he placed 20 out of 25 contestants.

On 3 September 2010 Solli-Tangens second single "Best Kept Secret" was released under the record label Universal Records. The release of his debut-album, called "Guilty Pleasures", was on 1 November 2010.

Melodi Grand Prix 2020[edit]

In 2013, Fredrik Boström, Mats Tärnfors, Niclas Lundin and him wrote the song Out of Air. He and his brother Emil Solli-Tangen were chosen by NRK to participate in the Melodi Grand Prix 2020, the Norwegian national selection for Eurovision 2020. They were already prequalified for the final, but they performed the song for the first time in the second semifinal, on January 18th, in Fornebu. In the Grand Final, they performed second, after Raylee and before Magnus Bokn. They didn't qualify for the Gold Final, being eliminated by the juries.

Other Activities[edit]

In 2014, he co-hosted Skal vi danse? replacing Carsten Skjelbreid, but he had to miss the 6th week due to his emergency surgery for appendicitis. His place was taken on short notice by Guri Solberg.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
NOR[2]
2010 Guilty Pleasures 28
2013 The Journey

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NOR
2010 "My Heart Is Yours" 2 Guilty Pleasures
"Best Kept Secret"
2011 "Compass"
2012 "We Can Do More" Single only
2013 "Without you" The Journey
"Six Ribbons"
"Lyset i Betlehem"
(with Ole Edvard Antonsen & Sølvguttene)
Single only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Didrik Solli-Tangen wins Norwegian final!". EBU. 2010-02-06.
  2. ^ norwegiancharts.com

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alexander Rybak
with "Fairytale"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
2010
Succeeded by
Stella Mwangi
with "Haba Haba"