Maria Haukaas Mittet

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Maria Haukaas Mittet
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Background information
Birth nameMaria Haukaas Storeng
Born (1979-08-03) 3 August 1979 (age 39)
Origin Finnsnes, Troms, Norway
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active1991–present
LabelsOslo Recordings/Bonnier, Universal

Maria Haukaas Mittet (née Storeng, born 3 August 1979) is a Norwegian recording artist. She gained national recognition in 2004 for her participation in the Idol reality television series, and international recognition in 2008 as Norway's representative in the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2008 song contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the 53rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Belgrade, Serbia, following Marija Šerifović's win at the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, Finland with the song "Molitva". This year was the first time there were three contests; two semi-finals which were held on 20 and 22 May, and the traditional grand final which was held on 24 May 2008. The shows were hosted by Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović at the Belgrade Arena which had a total capacity of 25,000 seats. The host broadcaster was RTS.



Maria was born in Finnsnes, but grew up on the island of Senja, in Troms county, Norway. [1] She first received national media attention when she had her first musical role at the age of 11, with the lead in Annie, at the Bryggeteateret in Oslo (1991). Maria and her family moved to Oslo for the musical, and when the show run was over, they moved back to Senja.

Finnsnes Town in Northern Norway, Norway

Finnsnes is a small town that is the administrative centre of Lenvik Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The town is located on the mainland part of Norway, just across the Gisundet strait from the island of Senja. The Gisund Bridge connects Finnsnes to the suburban villages of Silsand and Laukhella on the island of Senja. The municipality is well provided with kindergartens and a decentralized school system on both primary and secondary level. There are also three schools on upper secondary/high school level and a centre for decentralized studies on university level. Finnsnes Church is located in the center of the town.

Troms County (fylke) of Norway

Troms (pronounced [trʊms] or Romsa  or Tromssa  is a county in northern Norway. It borders Finnmark county to the northeast and Nordland county in the southwest. Norrbotten Län in Sweden is located to the south and further southeast is a shorter border with Lapland Province in Finland. To the west is the Norwegian Sea.

Musical theatre work that combines songs, music, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.

She has since performed in several musicals, both in the capital Oslo, and in the county Troms where she grew up.

At the age of 24, she was part of Idol (Norway) in 2004, where she finished 6th. She took part in the Idol Tour 2004, along with other contestants in the top ten.

She released her debut solo album in 2005, which peaked at number 13 on the Norwegian album charts. The single "Breathing" peaked at number 5 and was certified Gold in Norway, while "Should've" peaked at number 20. She went on a four-month national tour to promote the album. [2] "Should've" has the same chord structure as the Rolling Stones song "Beast of Burden" from their album Some Girls .

Beast of Burden (song) 1978 single by The Rolling Stones

"Beast of Burden" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on the 1978 album Some Girls. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #435 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and #433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time.

<i>Some Girls</i> studio album by The Rolling Stones

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Maria Haukaas Storeng performing "Hold On Be Strong" at the first Eurovision Song Contest 2008 semi-final. Maria Eurovision semi-final 2008.jpg
Maria Haukaas Storeng performing "Hold On Be Strong" at the first Eurovision Song Contest 2008 semi-final.

Maria is the Norwegian representative to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "Hold On Be Strong", written by Mira Craig. On 12 February 2008 the song entered the Norwegian single charts at number 5, reaching number 1 on 19 February 2008.[ citation needed ]

Hold On Be Strong song by Maria Haukaas Storeng

"Hold On Be Strong" is a song performed by Norwegian singer Maria Haukaas Storeng, written by Mira Craig. This song was presented by Norway in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

Mira Craig Norwegian singer

Mira Scherdin Craig is a Norwegian R&B artist.

Maria released her second studio album, Hold On Be Strong, on 28 April 2008 with help from Mira Craig.[ citation needed ]

Eurovision Song Contest 2008

Maria entered the qualifying rounds of the Melodi Grand Prix 2008 on 18 January and was voted through directly to the national final. In the final on 9 February, she received the highest number of votes from both the televoting and the jury, which made her the Norwegian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, which was held in Belgrade, Serbia. The song finished fourth in the first semi-final and qualified for the final, which took place on 24 May. Maria and the song did very well in the final, ending up in fifth place.

Eurovision Song Contest 2009

Maria was a co-host (together with Per Sundnes) of Melodi Grand Prix 2009, in which Alexander Rybak was selected as Norway's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

Maria also participated in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2009, singing "Killing Me Tenderly", with Anna Sahlene. They competed against seven other contestants in the fourth heat, in Malmö on 28 February 2009, and placed seventh out of eight acts.[ citation needed ]

Eurovision Song Contest 2010

On December 4, 2009 [3] it was officially announced that Maria would participate in the Melodi Grand Prix 2010 the national contest which will decide the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 to be held in Oslo after last year's Alexander Rybak victory. Maria's song is called "Make My Day" and is written by Merethe La Verdi and Mats Lie Skåre and is described as mid-tempo. On January 8, the first heat of the Melodi Grand Prix 2010 was held In Orland and Maria won the semi and advanced to the Final in Oslo, where she did not come in the top four.

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011

Maria performed the official theme song "Glorious" for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo, Norway. [4]

Theatre (selected)


Maria Haukaas Storeng discography
Studio albums3
Music videos2

The following article is a discography of albums and singles released by Norwegian artist Maria Haukaas Storeng.[ citation needed ]


YearInformationChart positionsSales/Certification
2005 Breathing [5]
  • First studio album
  • Released: 31 January 2005
  • NO sales: 15,000 [6]
  • NO certification: Gold [7]
2008 Hold On Be Strong [8]
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 28 April 2008
  • NO sales: 19,000 [7]
  • NO certification: Gold [7]
2010 Make My Day [9]
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 14 June 2010
  • NO sales: TBA [7]
  • NO certification: TBA
2011 Lys imot mørketida
with Oslo Gospel Choir
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 18 November 2010
  • NO certification: TBA
2014 Heim
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: 2014


YearTitleChart positions [10] [11] Album
2006"Nobody Knows"non-album single
2008"Hold On Be Strong"1837Hold On Be Strong
"Mine All Mine" (feat. Mira Craig)
2009"Killing Me Tenderly" (with Sahlene)10non-album single
2010"Make My Day"14Make My Day
"Precious to Me" (feat. Måns Zelmerlöw)



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Preceded by
Guri Schanke
with "Ven a bailar conmigo"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Alexander Rybak
with "Fairytale"