Over 1000 entries have been received for the 2019 edition of Melodi Grand Prix.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK has revealed that over 1000 entries have been submitted for Melodi Grand Prix 2019, the show used to select Norway’s next entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. The submission window closed at midnight last night, and the submitted entries will be whittled down to just 10 finalists. This number of entries is slightly down on last year, as they received a record number of 1200 entries.
Melodi Grand Prix has been used to select all but three of Norway’s Eurovision entrants since 1960. Norway didn’t take part in the 1970 and 2002 Eurovision Song Contests, and therefore didn’t host MGP those years, and didn’t hold the contest in 1991 as they felt the entries were of “too low quality”.
Alexander Rybak returned to the Eurovision Song Contest last year to represent his country Norway for the second time. He placed 15th in the Grand Final with his song “That’s How You Write A Song”. In 2009, he gave Norway their latest victory with “Fairytale”.
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.