After two years at the helm of Melodi Grand Prix, Jan Fredrik Karlsen has stepped down to pursue other roles.
Jan Fredrik Karlsen has announced this morning that he will be stepping down as the General of Melodi Grand Prix after two years in the role. During this period Mr Karlsen has seen Norway fail to reach the final in 2016 before returning to the top ten last weekend in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mr Karlsen has decided to step down from the rule due to other work commitments and being unable to dedicate the time he would have wished to, towards the contest.
Jan Fredrik Karlsen is replaced by Stig Karlsen. Mr Karlsen has been involved with the selection process already and continues in his role as Project Manager. Mr Karlsen has a long list of experience in the music industry having worked on P3, VG-lista Topp 20, Beat Beat, Lydverket. Stig Karlsen was also the man who brought JOWST and the song “Grab The Moment” into this years Melodi Grand Prix.
Mr Karlsen confirmed that next years Melodi Grand Prix will still feature the international jury which was used for the first time in over a decade this year. Mr Karlsen views his main task as to motivate talented songwriters and artists to bring their best songs to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Norway has started their search for the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal. The submissions process for Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will remain open until 10th September 2017. Anyone can apply to take part in the competition, but artists must be aged 16 years old to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Both Norwegian and foreign songwriters can participate, although the NRK is pushing for Norwegian composers to submit entries.
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Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.