The date of the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in Norway has been confirmed as March 11 and will take place at the Oslo Spektrum.
Norway will select their entrant for the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on March 11 in Oslo. The final of Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will be taking place at the Oslo Spektrum, as seen since 2015 the show will be one night event. The number of participants and the date they will be revealed on has yet to be stated by NRK.
The format of Melodi Grand Prix is being changed for 2017 with the return of international juries in the voting. Between 10 and 12 countries from across Europe will be invited to have a jury in the competition, as the Norway hopes this will be a better indicator of Eurovision success. Following the failure of Agnete to make it to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, NRK is focused on returning to success in 2017.
To date three countries are holding their Eurovision 2017 selection finals on March 11, these are:
- Iceland – Songvakeppnin 2017
- Norway – Melodi Grand Prix 2017
- Sweden – Melodifestivalen 2017
Overall 25 of the 43 countries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 have opted to hold a televised national selection process for the contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. While Russia, Romania, Serbia and San Marino are yet to confirm how they will select their entrant.
Tickets for the contest go on sale on December 20th, for more details about the tickets click here.
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Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and have won the contest on three occasions. The country has the dubious record of finishing last a total of eleven times, of which four songs received nul points. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. In the final he scored 387 points, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from all of the competing countries.