A record of 1035 songs have been submitted in Norway, as the country gets serious about winning next years contest.
Jan Fredrik Karlsen the Head of Delegation for Norwau has confirmed to Dagbladet that a record of 1035 songs have been submitted to compete in MGP 2017. The team behind the Norwegian selection currently has a list of around 100 songs that could make it through to the live show, in total 10 songs will be competing in the final of Melodi Grand Prix.
Mr Karlsen made it clear that Norway wants to win the Eurovision Song Contest again having last won in 2009. Norway failed to make the final of the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Stockholm where they were represented by Agnete with the song “Icebreaker”. Furthermore the contest has strong backing from the broadcasting chief at the Norwegian national broadcaster.
Changes are underway with the format of Melodi Grand Prix as the international juries make a return to the contest. 12 countries from across Europe will be invited to have a jury in the competition, as the country hopes this will be a better indicator of Eurovision success. Details have yet to be revealed as to how the international jury will be weighted against the public televote, but Norway has reasons to be hopeful it will help bring the country Eurovision success. In both 1985 and 1995 when Norway won the contest, international juries were involved in selecting their entry for the contest.