Stig Karlsen has revealed that seven of the ten finalists in Melodi Grand Prix 2019 have already been determined.
Seven of the ten artists that will be competing to represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 have been determined already. Stig Karlsen revealed to Dagbladet that the broadcaster is already far in to its preparations for next years Norwegian selection process.
Of the ten acts that will be competing next year, six of the artists and songs will have been directly asked by NRK to take part. The remaining four will have been selected from the other 1,000 songs that were submitted to the national broadcaster.
NRK is one of a number of broadcasters to make an open call for song submissions for the Eurovision Song Contest, but also approach individual artists and labels. Other nations that follow the same method are Iceland and Sweden.
Mr Karlsen added that the artists competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will be a relatively young line-up. The songs are going to be mainly dance pop and fast songs.
Melodi Grand Prix 2019 will be held on March 2 at its traditional home in the Oslo Spektrum.
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.