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Maria Haukaas Storeng

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Maria Haukaas Storeng

Background information
Birth name Maria Haukaas Storeng
Born 3 August 1979
Origin Finnsnes, Troms, Norway
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1991–present
Label(s) Oslo Recordings/Bonnier
Universal Music

Background information
Birth name Maria Haukaas Storeng
Born 3 August 1979
Origin Finnsnes, Troms, Norway
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1991–present
Label(s) Oslo Recordings/Bonnier
Universal Music

Maria Haukaas 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.Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Eurovision Song Contest 2008
1.2 Eurovision Song Contest 2009
2 Theatre (selected)
3 Discography
3.1 Albums
3.2 Singles
3.3 Featured-on albums
4 Filmography
5 References
6 See also
7 External links


Maria was born in Finnsnes, but grew up in 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.

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 #13 on the Norwegian album charts. The single "Breathing" peaked at #5 and was certified Gold in Norway, while "Should've" peaked at #20. She went on a four month national tour to promote the album. [2]

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.The song peaked at #1 in the Norwegian iTunes chart. On 12 February 2008 the song entered the Norwegian single charts at #5, reaching #1 on 19 February 2008.

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

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 5th 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 7 other contestants in the fourth heat, in Malmö on 28 February 2009, and placed 7th out of 8 acts.

Theatre (selected)

1991-1992 Annie - as Annie (at Bryggeteateret in Oslo)
1995-1996 Trollmannen fra Oz (en. The Wizard of Oz) - as Dorothy (at Det norske teatret in Oslo)
2002 Thank You For The Music - ABBA Tribute (at Scene West in Oslo)
2003 Fame - as Mabel Washington (at Chat Noir in Oslo)
2005 Hamlet - as Ophelia (by Nordnorsk Scenekompani in Harstad and Tromsø)
2006-2007 Hair - as Sheila Franklin (at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo)

Maria Haukaas Storeng discographyReleases
Studio albums 2
Singles 7
Music videos 2
Collaborations 3

The following article is a discography of albums and singles released by Norwegian artist Maria Haukaas Storeng.[4]


AlbumsYear Information Chart positions Sales/Certification
2005 Breathing
First studio album
Released: 31 January 2005 13 — NO sales: 15,000 [6]
NO certification: Gold
2008 Hold On Be Strong[8]
Second studio album
Released: 28 April 2008 3 53 NO sales: 19,000 [7]
NO certification: Gold

Featured-on albums
1991 "Annie" - den norske suksessversjonen
2004 Idol - de 11 finalistene - track #3 "Don't Give A Damn" - (Album charts: #2)
2008 Melodi Grand Prix 2008 (Album charts: #28)[11]
2009 Melodifestivalen 2009

Kim Possible (TV) (Norwegian audio version) - sings the theme song - sings a ballad in one episode
Chicken Little (Norwegian audio version) - sings "Ta Den Ut"
Shrek the Third (Norwegian audio version) - Rapunsel (voice)

1999 Beat for Beat (TV) (Norwegian music show)
2001 Du skal høre mye (TV)
2003 Beat for Beat (TV)
2004 Idol (TV)
2004 Beat for Beat (TV)
2005 Heia Tufte (TV)
2007 Beat for Beat (TV)
2008 Beat for Beat (TV)

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