NRK has confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2019, with the broadcaster launching Melodi Grand Prix 2019 search.
Norway has become the first nation to confirm their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. NRK has this evening launched their search for songs to compete in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The deadline for song submissions in September 9, 2018. All artists participating in MGP must be at least 16 years when participation in Eurovision Song Contest in May 2019. A decision will be made on the artists competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019 in November 2018.
Alongside Norway confirming participation in next years contest. Liechtenstein has spoken about their aims of debuting in the competition next year;
10 artists who will compete in Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) 2018. The line up features some familiar faces for Eurovision fans, with 3 of the country’s former representatives returning to the contest.
The full line up is as follows:
- Charla K – “Stop the Music”
- Alejandro Fuentes – “Tengo Otra”
- Aleksander Walmann – “Talk to the Hand”
- Stella Mwangi & Alexandra Rotan – “You Got Me”
- Vidar Villa – “Moren din”
- Tom Hugo – “I Like I Like I Like”
- Ida Maria – “Scandilove”
- Rebecca Thorsen – “Who We Are”
- Nicoline – “Light Me Up”
- Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”
Last year’s Norwegian entrant Aleksander Walmann, who represented the country in Kyiv alongside JOWST with the song “Grab the Moment”, will return to MGP alone. If he went on to represent Norway again this year, he would be the first artist to represent Norway over 2 consecutive years since Jahn Teigen in 1982/1983.
Another returnee is Alexander Rybak, Norway’s most recent winner. He represented the country in 2009 with “Fairytale” and scored one of the most convincing wins in Eurovision history. Under the old voting system, “Fairytale” broke the record for the most points ever scored at Eurovision. Also of note in this line up is Stella Mwangi, who represented Norway in 2011 with “Haba Haba”, which failed to qualify, and Rebecca Thorsen, whose song is composed by Norway’s 2015 representative Mørland.
Along with these former Eurovision entrants, punk-pop singer Ida Maria will debut in MGP this year. She has had huge success in Norway, and also found success in the UK charts back in 2008 with “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”, which reached #13 in the charts.
These 10 artists will compete for the right to represent Norway at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May. Melodi Grand Prix 2018 will take place in the Oslo Spektrum on 10 March.
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.