NRK has today opened the submissions process for Melodi Grand Prix 2017 as the search for their Eurovision entry begins.
Melodi Grand Prix entries are being accepted from today until September 11, with 10 songs going on to take part in the final of the contest next year. Songs are being accepted from both Norwegian and foreign composers, however an emphasis is being placed on songs from Norwegian composers. As ever the songs must not have been released before September 1st and performers must be at least 16 by the time of the Eurovision final.
Jan Fredrik Karlsen the Head of Melodi Grand Prix has faith that Norway can win the contest on Ukrainian soil, adding that:
When one is MGP-general, one can not go into such a competition and not have the faith to win. I am 100 percent ready to take the Eurovision Song Contest back to Norway.
Norway missed out on the final for the first time since 2011 this year, when Agnete failed to qualify with the song “Icebreaker”.