NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has confirmed that the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will take place on March 10.
The date was confirmed through a response by the official Melodi Grand Prix account to a user who asked when the grand final would take place.
10 songs will participate in the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018, which will be held once again in the Oslo Spektrum Arena, the host venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 1996. Tickets for the event will be put on sale soon. No changes to the format have been announced, so it is expected that the Norwegian representative for Lisbon will be chosen over two rounds of voting.
Almost 1200 songs were submitted to 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.
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 JOWST 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.