Utøya survivor leads Eurovision race

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Utøya survivor leads Eurovision race
Mohamed 'Mo' Farah Abdi, 21, hopes to represent Norway in Copenhagen with the song Heal. He lost his best friend, Ismail Haji Ahmed, on Utøya in July 2011. Photograph: Kim Erlandsen/NRK

A survivor of the 2011 Utøya massacre is favourite to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in May, after winning the most audience votes in the semi-finals of the country's Melodi Grand Prix.


Mohamed "Mo" Abdi Farah, 21, has leapt back into the spotlight  with a song, 'Heal', inspired by his three-year struggle to recover.
He was followed by Linnea Dale in second place with the song 'High Hopes', and Dina Misund in third place with the song 'Needs'. 
Mo had been on the point of a pop breakthrough in the summer of 2011, after winning the nation's hearts with his performances in the country's X Factor talent show.
But after narrowly escaping with his life in the gun massacre mounted by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik on a Labour Party youth camp he was attending, Mo began a long struggle to recover, with doctors initially telling him he would never dance again. 
"I don't want to go into those sad days," Mo told The Local in January. "I just want to think positive and move forwards." 
The country's Eurovision representative will be chosen on 15 March in the final of the Melodi Grand Prix talent show.
Mo's best friend, Ismail Haji Ahmed, was one of the 69 people killed on the island. 


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