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Erlend Bratland (born October 27, 1991 in Kvinnheradmarker) is a Norwegian singer who is known for winning Norske Talenter, a Norwegian television talent series, on May 9, 2008 at the age of 16.


Bratland is originally from Kvinnheradmarker, but now lives in Haugesundmarker. He was a student in a food and restaurant management program in Haugesund, but dropped out the first year in order to continue his music career. Bratland is recognizable and known for his "emo style" which is particularly unusual among artists in his genre.

Music career

Early career

When Bratland was 13 years old, he performed in the musical Oliver together with the local Blanda Choor in Husnes. After this he performed in the musical Chess in Bømlo. Bratland performed in Ungdommens Kulturmønstring (UKM) and made it to the semi-finals.

Norske Talenter

He attended the Bergenmarker auditions for Norske Talenter. Wearing a black Marilyn Manson T-shirt, he sang "O Holy Night".

At the semi-final he sang "Nella Fantasia" as the last contestant, and won the public vote.

In the final, he sang "Lost" by Anouk as the last contestant, and won the series with 36% of the votes, ahead of runner-up Vegard F. Dommersnes, an 8-year old hula hoop artist.

Bratland was in the Norwegian Idol tour during the summer of 2008 together with Norwegian Idol winner Glenn Lyse and other contestants.

After that, he recorded his first single, "Lost", which he had sung on the Norske Talenter final. The single was produced by Sony BMG.

First single and album

On May 16, two weeks after he won Norske Talenter, his version of "Lost" was available for download from Telenormarker. The next week, the single hit #4 on VG's single list. Two weeks after that, the song was #1 on VG List Top 20. In the end of June, Norske Talenter judge Jan Fredrik Karlsen became his manager. On October 27, Sony BMG released his debut album True Colours, which hit gold status in short time. After the album was released, he was nominated for the 2008 Spellemannsprisen best new artist award, and "Lost" was nominated for song of the year.



Year Title Chart position Sertifications
2008 True Colors 2nd Gold


Year Title Chart position Album
2008 "Lost" 1st True Colors
2008 "Still Water" 1st

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