The Norsk Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) has been organized intermittently since 1960 and has been used by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK to choose the Norwegian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest up to 55 times. The great impact generated by the National Final on the Scandinavian music charts and the great publicity that it generates has made the MGP one of the most important dates on the Eurovision Calendar. Although artists and composers from all over the world are welcome to submit an entry, the NRK encourages Norwegian songwriters to participate.
Last night, NRK closed the window for the entries registration process for MGP 2018. This time, almost 1200 songs were submitted to the Melodi Grand Prix 2018 (almost 200 more than on the previous edition). Over the last three years, the Norwegian National Final process has seen an increasing number of interested artists and composers.
During the next few weeks, the ten best artists and compositions will be selected from the 1200 submitted entries, to compete in the grand finale of the Melodi Grand Prix which will be celebrated in Oslo’s Spektrum in March 2018.
Melodi Grand Prix executive supervisor Stig Karlsen said:
“Many talented people have submitted their entries for MGP 2018. It’s going to hurt to pick out only ten songs and artists that will fight to represent Norway during the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon”
The Melodi Grand Prix is currently Norway’s largest music televised show and is followed by over 1.3 million viewers each year. Last editions winner JOWS and Aleksander Walmann represented the Scandinavian nation in Kiev and achieved a 10th position in the Eurovision Final with a total of 158 points.
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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.