Coaching & Judging on the TV Show “Stjernekamp” once again!

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Without a doubt the highlight of an extremely lame year.

I was asked if I would be interested in partaking in Norway’s Nr.1 Saturday Night TV Show this spring and got the call as I was biking on the French Riviera trying to forget my injured shoulder and poor overall health.

The offer was certainly a ray of light after a terrible start to the year where everything that could go wrong certainly did. As always silence and secrecy was demanded as is the case with serious music industry projects, so as the 007 that I am I didn’t reveal to anyone that I was going to Norway until some days prior and once I went I didn’t reveal to anyone what I was doing until I started promoting the Show on Social Media.

I brought my brother with me as I wasn’t particularly keen on travelling by myself for several reasons. First of all it was my health, second of all it was my security. I’ve had way too much time on my hands this year to read through way too much unflattering material about the current state of affairs in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. As a petite, unarmed, female I wanted a chaperone.

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this. When did Europeans all of a sudden need these type of instructions? Absolutely ridiculous. Makes me think of this idiotic sign over in London :

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I found several typos in SAS’s inflight magazine ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The things I see…

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Yummy! The first thing I ate after landing in Norway ๐Ÿ˜› Yum – yum!!!

That being said I contemplated temporarily making my blog private before I set out to travel since the entertainment industry appears to be extremely far-left-leaning, at least that’s the general impression, and after all, maybe things aren’t really that bad in Europe. It might be Russian propaganda … at least it is according to Angela Merkel …

I made the decision to let it all stand in case my flight crashed since I’ve posted what I’ve posted in order to warn and help other people. When I found myself on the train leaving Oslo International Airport I certainly felt that I had done the right thing as a ridiculous news story broke of how American tourists had been attacked with acid in Marseille. Why oh why any white person would go into that part of France baffles me, since it was commonly known as a territory you avoided 15 years ago when I lived in Southern France … I was one of the first bloggers out there to share articles about the current Acid-epidemic in England the second that these stories were shared by the mainstream media, as a result I’ve had lots of readers checking out those entries, and it has increased, as the new Acid-reality has become part of everyday life. The most dangerous areas in London are predominantly non-English territories; the most common victims are white men. Apparently it has all grown from there, turning petty criminals into Acid-attackers since it is an effective way to mug people…These are things that tourists need to know!ย ย Acid Attacks In The UK.

After seeing more news of cultural enrichment we switched to a bus which took us right past a brand ย new looking Mega-Mosque that appeared out of nowhere and looked completely out-of-place in Norway, we were then greeted by a young Norwegian relative who updated us on life in the New-Norway, confirming all of our worst expectations, aligning perfectly with what I’ve observed myself in England and France, what I’ve heard from others, and also what I’ve read online … ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

There is simply no escape from the New-Europe. Not even an innocent show-biz trip to Norway can shield you from the new reality. Not-even-that.

Yet there are plenty of Norwegians who defend the fundamental cultural transformation even proudly and loudly promoting replacement migration, without worrying about the consequences, since differences between various ethnic groups is a mirage apparently. It is a bit difficult to buy into this if talking to those who actually live or work in the New-Norway, or the New-Sweden for that matter, even more difficult if you’ve experienced it yourself….but oh well … each to their own I guess. People’s values and convictions seem immovable. Unless you want to fall out with people you just have to accept that you fundamentally disagree about what Norway/Europe is and what it should be. The viewpoints are irreconcilable. Only respect, maturity, and love, can smooth out heated discussions.

Reality aside, the sun always shines on TV, so it was nice to coach some talented people and bury my head in entertainment, which is ย what most people do anyway. It’s probably a way better activity to partake in, it’s not like awareness makes you happy or anything.

Anyway, the TV-Team were lovely and had been notified of my reduced state, so I was even provided with a place where I could rest as I coached an interesting assortment of Norway’s entertainment elite…

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The first one up was a guy called Didrik Solli-Tangen who looked like your prototypical classical musician in terms of how he was dressed and groomed with the mandatory oversized scarf and all. He won Norway’s Eurovision Song contest and does classical crossover with his opera singing brother among other things. After I worked with him I also found out that he has been touring Norway singing Norwegian patriotic songs from the National Romantic era which surprised me as I thought that I was the only one championing National Romanticism in the “current year.” Isn’t the old Norway dead???? Apparently not.

As I shook his hand I wondered if he knew about “alt”-Berit, which was something I asked myself each time I greeted a new artist. I guess this is the drawback of not being a Che Guevara loving, flag burning, short-haired, Palestine-scarf wearing, socialist-revolutionary. You instantly wonder: “does this person know that I’m an outspoken, anti-globalist, pro-borders, nationalist?” *Ta-ta-tam* (insert dark music). There are lots of conservative & classical liberal people out there, it’s just that it isn’t equally represented in the media or in show biz, nationalism is also portrayed as outdated, in addition to being vilified by the mainstream press, so you can easily feel like you are throwing rocks into glass houses. Even if this is not the case. The current political landscape is therefore not portrayedย accurately I believe. Division and hate seem to be the goal of many dark forces.ย After having been on “Stjernekamp” I also found out that Gaute Ormรฅsen is featured on a track called “The Fatherland.” Huh????What on earth is this??? Maybe the winds are changing or maybe Norway is different. One can hope……

Waiting is always mandatory when it comes to anything show-biz related so when the team finally were ready I did an interview explaining what heavy metal is, before we headed into the rehearsal area where I spent most of my time.

Solli-Tangen only had to do one vocalise for me to realise that he was really good. That is the advantage of being classically trained. So I have to admit that I was pretty biased before his rehearsal was over. He also had a really cool attitude. Don’t get me wrong, the others were cool as well, but it’s a technical thing. If you spend years training your ears in classical music etc; it does affect what you prefer I’m afraid ๐Ÿ˜›

The next one up was a pretty girl called Lisa Bรธrud a big Christian singer in Norway; I thought that was kind of cool since Christianity is having a very hard time all over Europe these days. On the other hand I was also slightly worried about what her view on rock’n’roll would be, since Satanism is so closely linked and associated with the genre. I stopped myself from telling her to flash the horns for example, because even though this is a sign meant to ward off evil spirits, it is by modern standards seen as a Satanic gesture…..She had a pretty voice and was solid but had made a horrible song choice, something that I heard right away. I thought that this was a great shame and would have preferred if something else could have been chosen instead. I didn’t have a lot to work with so this was the coaching session that took the longest. I was genuinely worried, because your job as a coach is to be in the corner of the artist and help the artist shine regardless of your personal preferences. I did my best but felt sad on Lisa’s behalf as I was convinced that she would be voted out due to the song-choice.

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The next contestant was Adam Douglas who actually won the entire competition. Apparently he was relatively unknown before participating in “Stjernekamp.” He had picked a fantastic song for his voice type and technique, I therefore didn’t really have much to tell him vocally, besides cutting down on some absolutely, out of place, spastic, wobble. The greatest challenge with this contestant was his stage presence and body language. This certainly seemed problematic as being tough and owning the stage is part and parcel of doing rock or hard rock. It is an interesting thing to note how different temperaments and energy levels draw musicians to such different genres…

And speaking of which … Gaute Ormรฅsen was the next name on the list and he is a huge star in Norway. He certainly looked like a movie star but had the most docile charisma I think I’ve ever encountered ๐Ÿ˜› He was able to get the rocker out of himself and sounded tough; I was just very surprised at the total lack of attitude and the negative mentality. He entered the room without any confidence and seemed hell-bent on losing, not because of lack of talent but because of a lack of self-belief and fighting spirit, of all things. A very strange thing to observe to be honest, especially for someone that big. He left the rehearsal way too early as well, so I was wondering if he really wanted to be there or if he was just tired of the whole tv-show and wanted out. :/ Who knows? Nice guy though. Cool voice \m/

The last person to enter the rehearsal space was international rockstar Ida Maria, who graced the front cover of NME the first year I lived in London and haunted the rock charts with her hit song “I like you so much better when you’re naked.” I had no doubts that she would be smashing since she is 100% rock’n’roll; she also thought it was cool to meet me, another rock chick which was kind of cool. She had made an excellent song choice. Covering Lemmy gave her the opportunity to show off her rock’n’rollness, she literally lit the rehearsal space on fire. It was fun and a joy to watch. I didn’t really correct much on her vocally, because Ida as I’ve already said is a rocker, a rocker with a raspy Lemmy-like voice, the sort that would fit perfectly in a sweaty rock club filled with angry dissenters who hate the system and want to tear it down. I was convinced that she would win the audience over completely, and even though Didrik was the most accomplished singer technically out of the bunch, I also had Ida on top of my list due to her attitude and undisputed rock’n’roll charisma. No wonder she has collaborated with Iggy Pop to put it that way. Here we talk attitude with huge capital letters.

I made a new friend.

After an exhausting day we returned back to our lair. Again I must say I was blown away by the professionalism of the Monster team; they were extremely sweet and understanding and did everything to make my day as smooth as possible. I was very happy and grateful for the treatment. A real top-team!

What followed were some days of relaxation rather than the original idea of me flying back and forth between England and Norway. I think that would have been way too exhausting. There were many people I wanted to visit and many things I wanted to see while staying in a suburb outside Oslo, yet I had to rein in my excitement and stay put, since I had to have the energy for my live-tv performance as an expert judge later that week.

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Whoever said Norway was cold?

 

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It’s an interesting thing to note how integrated “allergies” have become into our pop-culture … Once upon a time nobody really knew how to handle people with food problems. It is good to see that it is now taken seriously on the other hand it is alarming that auto-immune diseases seem to be increasing. I wonder when it will be revealed what the triggers are? It is in the interests of the public and future parents to know this. A person’s life can be completely shattered if they go into a proper shock. Food allergy is a chronic, life-threatening, dangerous disease.

Norway is apparently so sexist that only men care about Science, Hunting & History. If I was a 3rd wave feminist I would demand that these types of publications ought to be placed in “gender neutral territory.” It is kind of funny though. In the women’s section you got gossip magazines, fashion publications, erotic fiction and magazines about the house and home. Hilarious. Where are the activists when you need them?

That embarrassing moment when you think that you’ve spotted a Norwegian wild-cat outside, and run out to catch a glimpse of it, only to realise that it is a normal, house cat. Lol. Ridiculous.

That moment when you realise that someone looking like Putin is part of your relative’s family tree.

When you proudly show off that your hair is so long that you don’t need a hair band to keep it up ๐Ÿ˜€ ha-ha! Check me out! Berit-long-hair.

Fast forward to Saturday……

Toxic masculinity in the background.

Walking around the venue….The Voice also shoots there in case you wondered.

…….and the live show was amazing. I really enjoyed it. It’s a fun show. I find it strange that the concept hasn’t been adopted by foreign broadcasters actually … I’m sure a show like this could be a big hit in a country like England or America. You can see footage with translations from the show below:

Freaking badass. I totally dig this. So cool.

ATTITUDE!!!!!!!!!

Great song choice & a convincing performance. I would have had this guy up there with Didrik if it wasn’t for Ida Maria’s attitude and rawness \m/

Gaute managed to look like a bad guy ๐Ÿ˜€ he-he-he ๐Ÿ˜› Mission accomplished. He did a good job \m/ \m/ \m/ ย I couldn’t believe that he seemed so indifferent after being voted out :/ Weird. I wonder if he ever gets angry?

I did not look very excited during Lisa’s performance. I feel a bit bad about that. My face is way too easy to read. Lovely girl though and a lovely voice. I feel bad about my tragic face.

 

Fun fact: nobody wanted to hang out after the show! Besides the drummer in the band ๐Ÿ˜› My brother and I certainly had our jokes about how everyone were probably avoiding us ๐Ÿ˜› Who knows ๐Ÿ˜› You don’t need a lot of people to have a good time though ๐Ÿ˜› ha-ha

Do you see what I see?

Illuminati confirmed! ๐Ÿ˜› hahahaha

It was a cool experience to be part of “Stjernekamp.” It was so last time and it was so this time as well. The people behind the show are extraordinarily good! It is a great privilege to be part of a major production, it’s a lot of fun I must say. I wouldn’t mind doing more stuff like this.

I enjoyed my stay in Norway a lot. As I already said we were staying in a quiet suburb and also had the opportunity to spend time with Norwegian relatives. I ate lots of good Norwegian food which always makes my day ๐Ÿ˜›

The day after the live show we were on our way back home to “Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves.”

Coaching & Judging on the TV-Show “Stjernekamp” \m/

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During the weekend that was, I finally returned back home to the UK!

I had an AMAZING experience over in Norway!

Time for a resume about what I thought about the show and my experience \m/

As I’ve written in my previous entry I was asked if I would be a coach and judge in the heavy metal genre for Norwegian Saturday Night prime-time TV-Show “Stjernekamp”.

This is a show where established artists every weekend perform a song in a different genre, competing to see who will be Norway’s greatest and most versatile artist.

They are all taken out of their comfort zones and have to try out styles that are completely new to them.

This certainly sounded exciting and I accepted the offer!

You can see the whole episode on the link below \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

If you wanna know how I felt about doing this you can keep on reading ๐Ÿ˜›

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First they flew me in to do an interview where I spoke about the history of heavy metal and the role and challenges a heavy metal vocalist has to cope with.

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Some days later I spent a whole day coaching the participants in this genre that was completely new to most of them. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never coached anyone vocally before ( I only had experience with giving guitar lessons), but both them and I, and eventually the viewers, loved it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had lots of comments and feedback for all of them, and felt a bit like the “Metal-Police” if there ever was such a thing ๐Ÿ˜›

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Despite me wondering whether or not I was being too picky with these people (who are all established stars in their own right), it was fun as hell to see how tiny adjustments could make such a difference.ย But that’s what it is like to work with professionals.

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Then came Saturday the 10th, and it was time for the show \m/

I was suspecting that the show would be phenomenally good, I thought to myself, ” Damn, if these guys do live what they did during rehearsal, we are truly up for one hell of a show.”

And a hell of a show is exactly what we got, indeed!!!!

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You can check out all the heavy metal performances right here on this playlist \m/

Kudos to the producers for having Gospel & Heavy Metal on the same day! It made for a spectacular contrast both in themes, styles and the music itself.

Also thanks a lot to the production team for the great intro video they had made about me! That was really, really cool. Talk about a great introduction \m/

The heavy metal part of the show kicked off and dude…it made me so happy to see how well everyone did!

During rehearsal (and also backstage before the show kicked off), a number of the artists were nervous about singing and tackling the metal genre and a couple were afraid of coming across as too comical. As they thought the lyrics/etc…were quite hilarious….

But none of these worries came to fruit as they were all able to deliver a credible heavy metal performance, serious, with lots of attitude, convincing vocal renditions etc, it was simply amazing!

It made me happy to see how happy they were and that’s what any form of coaching is all about. Other people’s happiness makes your day, if that isn’t the case, you should never coach anyone at all.

I especially loved Maria & Heidi’s performances, those two were my favourites \m/ Check out Heidi signing “Run To The Hills” \m/

They all received standing ovation from the judge panel, with the exception of one, which sadly was Celine, who was eventually voted out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Looking back she truly was a firework on that stage and totally rocked it! But she was the first act on and the competition was hard as all the artists gave it their all.

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They also competed in two genres that day. So the voters were not only voting for their favourite metal performance…

Trine Rein literally gave me goosebumps with her rendition of “Amazing Grace”,

Maria floored everyone with her “Joyful Joyful”

and Knut Erik was absolutely epic with his “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Especially cool was his reason for picking this track, half the choir refused to sing with him because of his beliefs regarding same-sex marriage. Check out the ending of this vid.

The metal part of the show was fun to watch, in fact a pleasure, I really truly enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a resume of the feedback from the judges ( including myself):

http://www.nrk.no/kultur/stjernekamp-dommernes-tilbakemelding-1.12596657

It was an absolute highlight to be part of such a big production, without any doubt!!! It is something I would gladly do again!

The feedback from the people who saw the episode was mind-blowing and a couple of the performers exclaimed that singing heavy metal ย ” was the coolest thing they had ever done”!

Heavy Metal is all about energy and giving it your all \m/

That’s exactly what they all did and that’s why this show was so utterly amazing!

Check out the full episode below! You can actually stream this wherever you are I’ve been told \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

Thanks again to Monster Productions and NRK \m/ This was an awesome experience \m/

If anyone is interested in singing and/or guitar lessons you can order it here:

http://www.commandermusic.com/guitar-lessons.html

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Look at all that makeup!!!!

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The glamorous backstage area ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Erik looking good! Getting ready to Buuuuuuuuuurn \m/

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Done with hair styling \m/

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With Gospel expert Grethe Svensen!

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Stairway to heaven….

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Super awesome Judge Thomas getting ready \m/

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The amazing Judge Mona \m/

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Stjernekamp & Norway trip, Sit.Rap. October 2015.

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So it’s 4AM and I’m wide awake! So why not blog a little!

My oh my, what a wonderful trip this has been so far!

I came back to Norway a little while a go to do some more filming for the upcoming episode of the Norwegian TV-show “Stjernekamp”.

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In case any of you guys missed it; I was asked if I would be interested in being aย guest judge and coach on one of Norway’s most popular Saturday Night TV programs!

10 chart topping, established stars come together to compete live on national TV, singing a song in a different genre every week to ultimately crown who is “Norway’s Ultimate Performer”.

When I got asked to be part of this I was very honoured and got very excited indeed!

This is the first year that the metal genre is part of the program! So once again I find myself beingย part of something new, different and unique \m/ I love it!

In case you guys also missed this; I’m currently preparing and working on an upcoming metal album that will be out before the end of the year.

These are exciting times indeed.

Anyway, in-betweenย my guitar obsession I’ve been prepping myself for this exciting TV-show-adventure \m/

I came to Norway on the 29th last month to shoot an interview where I spoke about the origins and history of heavy metal! this also included some shredding, riffing and an awesome commercial for the episode \m/

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I then went back home, tracked some guitars, worked on my stuff, hung out at playgrounds, took care of Commander & non Commander stuff before I was flown back to Norway again, this time to coach these superstars on a selection of metal songs \m/

I have to admit that I was wondering how I would go about it the night before, and was on the phone with MY amazing vocal coach….Elisabeth Hagen, who again was coached by none other than Italian Opera Legend Aida Meneghelli!

Now Aida who sang with Placido Domingo, just to give an example, was trained by Maria Callas’s vocal coach! Talk about a cool story and equally cool connection!

My mother’s teacher was strict,ย tough as a nail, but my mother, who took lessons every day, 7 days a week, became phenomenally good. In fact such a voice expert that she is indispensableย in the studio. Just ask any producer we have ever worked with!

My mother have an incredible vocal register, and had an impressive coloratura repertoire which she mastered like no other.

Jaws dropped, eyes became wet with tears and the critics ink was flying as they wrote their praise. Both in Italy and in Norway. My first stage experience was turning the sheet music for my mothers pianist!

I’ve been quite lucky to have such a vocal expert at my disposition. I have to admit that my mother’s attention to details and her ability to adjust and tune me as a singer is equally impressive as it can be frustrating sometimes, as I strive for perfection.

So naturally I FaceTimed her extensivelyย before I was gonna go and have my first go at coaching someone vocally!

But once I came to the rehearsal place and heard the 1st singer. I knew exactly which tiny adjustmentsย that had to be done for this person to be able to just nail certain “tricky” parts. Just some comments here and there and pang this person blew me of my feet.

This ย could be said of all these super stars. They came in one after the other, 5 of the remaining contestants, great voices, great people, and so welcoming when it came to feedback.

It gave me such immense joy to see their happinessย and to hear the results of my comments.

How amazing!

You can certainly never be a coach in any field unless others happinessย and appreciationย makes you profoundly happy!

I loved coaching these extremely gifted and professional people. I enjoyed every second and got so carried away, it is quite humorousย to be honest.

And I also figured out that by simply having my mother as a vocal tutor I have become “vocal coach material” myself!

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As usual my trip to Norway is a mix of all that is good. Great work and also great company, even tough I miss the presence of my usual travel partner.

This time around I’ve found myself beingย a guest at family-friend Kjell who is an amazing host!

But this character Kjell and my stay at his house is worthy of an entry on it’s own!

When I thought that my trip over here couldn’tย be more enjoyable, EMG decided that they would release another one of my videos that I shot for them during my amazing trip to the U S of A earlier this year!

This is a brand new metal song, that will be featured on my upcoming album, so be sure to check it out!!!! Share and tell your friends!

This is a song that I have writtenย about online trolls, haters & online bullying.

As they say: Haters Gonna Hate, so why not tell them to fuck off in a nice little tune?

If this aggravates any of my haters any further, I shall consider it a success.

Not my problem if people have issues with my beingย to such an extent that they go crazy.

But anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe I should try to get some sleep as a dear old friend of mine wants some shopping advice in the morning \m/

Nothing beats real life interactions and great conversations!

We humans are social animals after all!

I’ll try to get some sleep \m/

Please keep track of my sites etc! More cool stuff is coming soon and please remember to watch “Stjernekamp” on Saturday, if you live in Norway!