NRK has confirmed that the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will be held on March 2 at the Oslo Spektrum.
The Norwegian national broadcaster has confirmed the date of the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2019. The show will be held on March 2 at its traditional home in the Oslo Spektrum. NRK is in the midst of looking through all of the songs submitted for next years competition and selecting the songs that will take to the Spektrum stage.
Over 1,000 songs have been submitted to compete in the 2019 contest, with just 10 going through to the live final. The artists and songs that will be competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will be revealed at a press conference on January 25.
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.