Norway becomes the latest country to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2018 as NRK opens their submissions process for Melodi Grand Prix.
NRK has today opened the submissions process to compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2018, as the broadcaster focuses on bring the contest back to Norway. Stig Karlsen the Project Leader for Melodi Grand Prix is inviting artists to submit songs whether they be completed or are still a demo, stating that regardless the winner of Melodi Grand Prix will have the honour to represent Norway at next years contest.
The window for submissions is open until September 10. Rules state all singers must be at least 16 years of age by May 2018. There are no rules regarding the nationality of the songwriters for next years competition, but NRK stated that they encourage Norwegian songwriters and producers to participate in the selection. Mr Karlsen added:
Some of the world’s best composers coming from Norway, and it is these we pander to, when we are open for receipt of songs for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Norway has yet to announce the artists who will be competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2017, but has already announced the hosts of the competition. 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 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 the contest.
To date both Norway and Finland have confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2018. Finland confirmed their participation on Saturday night following the final of UMK 2017.
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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.