In Norway, 1 million people tuned in to watch the final of Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday night.
An average of 1,001,000 Norwegians tuned in to the final of Melodi Grand Prix this year, decreasing slightly from last year’s figure by about 150,000.
Head of Delegation for Norway Stig Karlsen said:
This year’s great music event on TV never ends, and a victory over more than one million in today’s media competition is no less than amazing. Rarely, the feedback from the audience has been better, both in terms of songs, artists and NRK’s television production. It is very pleasing to see that MGP continues to be Norway’s biggest entertainment show, almost 60 years after it all started.
The viewing figures for the final of Melodi Grand Prix over the past ten years look like this:
- 2018: 1,001,000 viewers
- 2017: 1,155,000 viewers
- 2016: 1,313,000 viewers
- 2015: 1,250,000 viewers
- 2014: 755,000 viewers
- 2013: 975,000 viewers
- 2012: 1,221,000 viewers
- 2011: 1,295,000 viewers
- 2010: 1,369,000 viewers
- 2009: 1,524,000 viewers
It was also announced yesterday that the winner of Melodi Grand Prix, Alexander Rybak, won by a landslide, receiving double the amount of votes than second place finisher, Rebecca.
Alexander Rybak returns to the Eurovision Song Contest this year after winning for Norway back in 2009 with his song “Fairytale”. He will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 10. Last year, Norway was represented by Aleksander Walmann and JOWST with their song “Grab The Moment”.
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.